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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Castle With a Revolving Door"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in San Anselmo, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in San Anselmo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco Theological Seminary full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful location and cool, unusual office space. Some of the students have stories that will change your perspective on everything, and often you'll participate in an uplifting event. My colleagues were very nice people. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    SFTS is desperate to increase enrollment and revenue. They seem to have no tactic other than "if this doesn't work within two weeks, toss it out and try something new." That includes plans, people, tradition, you name it. Management will not acknowledge your existence, let alone your work.

    Advice to Management

    You are not loyal to anybody, yet you write loyalty as a desirable quality on your many, many job posts. Do you see any connection there?


  2. "Should have been enlightening."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Time Employee in San Anselmo, CA
    Former Employee - Full Time Employee in San Anselmo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at San Francisco Theological Seminary full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the staff and faculty are absolutely wonderful folks.

    Cons

    Poor management from the top down. The staff are treated disrespectfully in that they have no voice and are compensated lowly. HR is only there for the top brass, if you have a grievance, it is best to keep it to yourself. The lack of money and assets is a serious negative force amongst the entire campus.

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in the shoes of your lowliest employee, because the last thing they want to hear is how you spent your entire summer in Paris while they had a "staycation" because affording an actual trip is just a dream on their salary. Stop bragging and adding titles to your name. Act like the Pope and mix with your people, then maybe you can earn back their respect. While you're at it, give them a raise and a bonus, it would do wonders to the morale.


  3. "Beautiful Disaster"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are some truly wonderful things about working here: first of all, the obvious - location, location, location! The support staff are mostly very pleasant. There is however, very little interaction between departments or floors, and no social activities, so it's a little had to get to know them. The pay is decent and the benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Leadership is so focused on desperately trying to right the ship that they do so at the peril of everyone who has loyally served. An attitude that support staff do no matter and are not important, are actually disposable, is demonstrated by all decisions being made behind closed doors by the higher ups, who do not ask for opinions or suggestions from those directly involved in the subjects being discussed. This place is currently being run in an autocratic manner in which the fear that the staff already have (of losing their livelihood due to budget cuts and "restructuring") is further perpetuated every day by the closed off, secretive, and down right weird attitude of management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff members like human beings. Take it one step further and treat them like grown ups. Do something to boost morale. People need their jobs, but they are miserable under this cloud of oppressiveness.


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  5. "Stress levels are inhumane."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at San Francisco Theological Seminary full-time

    Pros

    For the most part, incredible coworkers. Chapel services during the workday. Interesting student interactions.

    Cons

    Your morale will be killed faster than you knew possible. You will regret taking what you thought was a good opportunity when you burn out and watch all your coworkers quit, or be laid off, or stay there and burn out themselves. But more than all of this: zero work/life balance. Every task is difficult to complete and every day feels like you are drowning in quicksand due to the unending pile of incomplete and new tasks at hand.

    Advice to Management

    At least pretend to be invested in employee wellbeing. Set up some protocols somewhere to protect employees and their workload. Reward the few employees you have left for their dedication and hardwork. Pay them more.


  6. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    My department offers a flexible work schedule to afford a good work/family balance.

    Cons

    Inaccessible upper management, very small pay increases.