Reputation for high quality education. Supporting an educational mission you can believe in. Solid Benefits package including health, vacation, and retirement plan.
Poor leadership in key roles casts a cloud over otherwise capable staff members. Like many institutions of higher learning, there is a great deal of animosity between faculty members and staff members which can negatively impact the workplace environment.
I worked at University of King's College (More than 5 years)
good place to learn, interesting projects, good work life balance
no career progression, fixed term contracts
I have been working at University of King's College part-time (Less than a year)
nice campus and good people to work with
heavy load and low salaries
Advice to Management
more full time opportunities
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If you enjoy skipping rocks, tipping cows, getting drunk on Alexander Keith's, and praying in your spare time, that's all that the King's staff do for fun and you're sure to have a buddy to go to a kitchen party with.
This is one of the smallest universities in Canada, and has a high-school feel all the way from the freshmen to the senior staff. Cliques abound and gossip is rampant. It is also hard to break into King's office because there is so much nepotism and favouritism. For instance, they only hire their own grads (and I am a grad myself, and the university was terrible) and said people wind up hiring their drinking buddies from their own classes. The whole must-hire-King's-graduates backfires because underqualified people are getting hired for jobs that in most universities require formal training in, say, payroll and at least 3 years of experience.
Half of the staff spend their time drunk and partying with the students.
The majority of the students at King's are from small towns that can nicely be described as redneck, many of whom are deathly afraid of attending a bigger university like Dalhousie. As such, you're dealing with people who think Halifax, population 300,000, is a huge metropolis and comment on how they have never seen so much concrete before - and as King's hires ex-students as staff, it's the same mentality. If you enjoy skipping rocks, tipping cows, getting drunk on Alexander Keith's, and praying in your spare time, you'll love it. If you're more worldly and cosmopolitan, King's will be hillbilly central.
Advice to Management
King's is BADLY in need of fresh ideas from people who are not of the redneck mindset and not necessarily King's alumnae. Also, half the people who are called professors and "Dr." don't have a PhD, or even a Master's degree: false advertising! King's is so focussed on being a tiny little institution preserving conservative ways that classes are only good if you still believe the Earth is flat and that human evolution never occurred. I think a total shift in the mindset at King's is necessary to get it competitive and, even more of a threat to all those maritimers from towns of 60 people, modern.
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