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Wellesley College Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great supportive community on a beautiful campus (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits and overall quality of life (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Relatively low pay in administration roles, very little opportunity to advance in your career (in 6 reviews)

  • low salary (for administrative staff), little room for advancement (for (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "GSW/General cook/Salad bar"

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    Former Employee - General Cook/General Service Worker in Roxbury, MA
    Former Employee - General Cook/General Service Worker in Roxbury, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wellesley College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pays very well, Always room to grow in culinary or any job field on campus.

    Cons

    Seasonal work. No unemployment while you are laid off, when school is on break.

    Advice to Management

    If you see a employee that is willing to grow. Encourage that employee to developmental skills to help the company grow in a better work place.


  2. "Lack of Diversity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great environment, students and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity (African American women), the school puts no pride in fixing up their campus buildings, very unorganized HR department, low paying administrative jobs, wages are not comparable to industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    No advice because they will never take any.


  3. "Good students, but employees should be treated better"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Wellesley, MA

    Pros

    - Students are smart and hard-working.
    - Teaching load is reasonable.
    - Monetary support for research is good.
    - Campus is gorgeous. College has a lot of resources for its size.

    Cons

    - Not enough administrative support. Admins seem overworked and faculty are expected to do most admin work ourselves.
    - Not enough collegiality or opportunities for social interaction.
    - Hierarchies and politics within and between departments.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Can we give Zero stars?"

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    Former Employee - Development in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Development in Wellesley, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wellesley College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Um... hmm....Oh, I know!....when the weather is ok it's nice to walk around outside!....oh, and the museum can have interesting exhibits. Ahem.

    Cons

    What's the maximum word count allowed here?

    I'll just summarize...

    What they call "Leadership." I would have rather have worked for King Joffrey. In my twenty years of experience I've had several difficult bosses, but this was, by far, the unhappiest, most miserable, lowest, uninspiring, dead, micro-managing, controlling group of people I have ever worked for. I have spent way too much time thinking about the things I wish I had said to my boss.

    The buildings are Dickensian, as is the work culture, and I was the whipping boy.
    I was chased in to a corner and reduced to groveling. My sadistic "boss" took pleasure in it, and when I reached out for help my hand was slapped. I had no support or help. After several years of abuse I reached out for help one final time and was suddenly terminated. The message?: Don't ask for help, don't complain, don't breathe. Don't ever ask for more porridge. Ever.

    Advice to Management

    Stop. Just stop. You have no people skills. You have no leadership ability. You are awful.

    To the New President: Hire qualified, competent LEADERS. People who INSPIRE and can bring about POSITIVE change. People who don't waste money and spend ALL OF THEIR TIME in meetings with CATERED LUNCHES and GET NOTHING DONE!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Development Offier"

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    Former Employee - Development Officer in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Development Officer in Wellesley, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Supporting an outstanding institution and meeting great alums.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management and other departments.


  7. "Summer Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA

    Pros

    A great opportunity for undergraduates who want science research experiences. Most projects do not have a lot of prerequisites as well.

    Cons

    The compensation is lower than most of the summer research programs, but good enough!

    Advice to Management

    I hope that the results of the summer program could be released earlier, since the deadline was pretty early.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good Job"

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    Current Employee - Social Media Marketing in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Current Employee - Social Media Marketing in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    flexible hours, good work atmosphere

    Cons

    bureaucracy, very high turnover, no advancement


  9. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Student Manager in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Student Manager in Wellesley, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great office dynamic.
    The counselors are always incredibly nice.
    You get the opportunity to help students that come into the office all the time.
    You learn the ins and outs of the CWS and you get to learn a lot about the opportunities CWS can offer.

    Cons

    A bit disorganized at first, but that was because we didn't have a director for a semester. But that should be getting better with the new director and I'm sure the new changes will be awesome!


  10. "Love Campus Po!"

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    Current Employee - Shuttle Driver in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Shuttle Driver in Wellesley, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very easy going and flexible working environment

    Cons

    They currently don't have semester raises like other campus jobs.


  11. "a time of great change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wellesley College (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Inspired vision, mission, the opportunity to work with brilliant and creative colleagues

    Cons

    change of president and student life dean- suddenly working under an administration that was not on board with our team mission

    Advice to Management

    Trying to standardize all departments one may stifle creativity and entrepreneurship


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