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Simmons College Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Fantastic retirement savings plan, warm office culture with great colleagues (in 6 reviews)

  • The leadership, faculty and staff successfully practice a student centered approach to learning and post graduate development (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There is virtually no room for advancement unless someone dies or leaves because they too tire of the B/s (in 6 reviews)

  • Financial constraints with a lack of willingness to change for many long time faculty and staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great institution that could benefit from learning from its people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Simmons College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great values as an institution, great benefits, great vacation time

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there is no way for employees to review their supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Allowing employees to review their supervisors would prevent animosity among team members, catch potential problems before they happen, and would allow managers to grow in their leadership roles.


  2. "Delightful."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writing Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Writing Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Simmons College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The director of the writing center is fabulous and completely invested in the consultants who work at Simmons. The culture of the writing center is personal and individual-focused. This is hands-down the best writing center I've worked for and the best job I've ever had.

    Cons

    Onboarding is a little slow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! We all love you. :)

  3. "We labor for love"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Simmons College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful students. Excellent colleagues.

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with needs of faculty & students. Pay is not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Listen- then act.


  4. "Field Placement Liaison"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Placement Liaison in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Field Placement Liaison in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to teach and coach social work students online
    Flexibility to choose time and set up own structure and work from home

    Cons

    Limited supervision and adjunct faculty pay
    It's a lot of work with ebbs and flows of repetitive paper grading

    Advice to Management

    Provide more structure about getting prepared for semester for new employees and one on one check-ins with staff during semester. I appreciate the group check-ins though.


  5. "IT Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Simmons College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People you work with. Training for new employees is getting better.
    It's a good place to round out your skills, as you learn A/V technologies and more 'standard' tech support technologies and procedures.
    Immediate supervisors are great and work with you.

    Cons

    Some 'customers' (faculty/staff) have a holier than though attitude. Student money goes to computers and equipment that a lot of these employees treat like garbage with no thought to the consequences. But all of them want the latest and greatest. They are aloof to the situation in higher education and maybe a good amount of the issue comes from lack of communication from College Leadership.

    For a College with so many modern liberal values, some of people are stuck way in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the folks in the trenches. Defend your department's decisions when they are founded in facts and clear information. College leadership needs to be aware of the limitations ($$$) that hamper the Technology department and so needs to have expectations set as such for faculty and staff.


  6. "Admin Asst. II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Simmons College (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great colleagues
    -Good benefits though expensive health care

    Cons

    -Management, VPs, Leadership out of touch


  7. "Assistant Director, Advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in South Weymouth, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in South Weymouth, MA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Simmons College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great community of colleagues. Excellent mission. Fenway location. Continuing education.

    Cons

    Lack of resources. Non competitive pay. Recent benefit cuts.

  8. "Office Assistance"

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Simmons College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work Study funded as a college student.

    Cons

    Busy college schedule, but manager was flexible


  9. "Inconsistent Raises"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, MA

    I have been working at Simmons College (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    401K matching for retirement
    Fenway location

    Cons

    Raises are not consistent or high


  10. "Supportive environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working as a fellow at Simmons was a great experience because of a supportive learning environment where I was free to learn new skills by being thrown into new situations. Professors and staff were always treating me like a colleague and not a student. Learned a wide variety of skills and confidence from my time there.

    Cons

    Not able to get a lot of hours, and no room for moving up. Not many opportunities at all in each department of school. You need to know someone to get hired it seems.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for students to find meaningful work.


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