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Wells College Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. "Peer Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Aurora, NY
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Aurora, NY

    I have been working at Wells College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with and a wonderful environment. Freedom to choose your own hours. Megan Riedl, my supervisor, is a wonderful boss, fair, fun, and excellent at delegating to the tutors and study group leaders underneath her.

    Cons

    You are limited in the amount of hours you are able to work due to the work-study student employment program. You also can only work one student employment job, and therefore cannot use multiple jobs to increase the amount of work hours you can get.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Dysfunctional elements in the management"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Aurora, NY
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Aurora, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the other faculty are wonderful, dedicated and smart. Some of them work 70 hours a week for a $36K/year salary. That is dedication. And the culture on the campus is largely supportive and positive.

    Cons

    The college considers it more important to refuse to pay market rates for a lecturer, so that the salaries can stay low, than to supply the students with faculty. The Computer Science department was allowed to collapse because all of the interviewed candidates for lecturer posts were offered the standard 'slave' salary, and all of them refused. Rather than increase the offered salary to get a candidate to accept, the college simply abandoned the department.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps it is about time management treated faculty with respect, rather than hurl abuse at them, wait until a couple of weeks before the start of term before offering a new contract, etc.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Beautiful, but failing institution"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Aurora, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Aurora, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Wells College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Gorgeous setting on lake with ivy-covered, historic buildings. Access to Ithaca and Cornell University. Minimal bureaucracy because of small size. Tight community of good, helpful people. Good place to break into a career, learn many aspects of a job and move on! Loyal alumnae.

    Cons

    This school is perpetually on the brink of financial collapse. Every summer there is a cash flow problem/budget freeze because the school has to wait for new tuition revenue. A once-healthy endowment is now nearly depleted. Faculty salaries have stagnated since 2008, were reduced and restored, but retirement benefit was nearly eliminated. Tuition is more than $40k, but the college attracts mostly weak students who didn't get into better schools, so academic rigor has eroded. School is tied to unprofitable auxiliary businesses (Aurora Inn and related properties) that only make the overall financial situation worse. Winters in the Finger Lakes are brutal!

    Advice to Management

    Tie faculty salaries to merit and activities. There are no consequences for being retired in place, and no rewards for doing good work--this has led to stagnation, entitlement, and has ruined morale. The dean should have the power to make such decisions, but is bound by dated governance.


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  5. "RA at Wells College"

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    Former Contractor - Resident Advisor in Aurora, NY
    Former Contractor - Resident Advisor in Aurora, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wells College as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a learning experience.

    Cons

    Not always managed in the best way.


  6. "Nice place to lose a few years"

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    Former Employee - Network Services Technician in Aurora, NY
    Former Employee - Network Services Technician in Aurora, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's a small school so there is an opportunity to keep many skills current. The size allows using enterprise tools while still being able to deal with each user individually.

    Cons

    It's a small liberal arts college that is undergoing severe financial stress. Facing declining market share and a depleted endowment, aging infrastructure and increasing employee turnover, it decided to go co-ed. The PR bump was helpful for several years. However, it's now old news. It now faces the problem of finding another way of defining it's uniqueness.

    Advice to Management

    The college now needs to find a reason to be able to maintain it's higher than average price for an education. An emphasis should be placed on making successful students who can re-build the endowment rather than just concentrating on the immediate problem of dorm room occupancy.


  7. "Good School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wells College full-time

    Pros

    Unique academic environment
    Close proximity to students - great place to see student work and intellectual development
    Opportunities to get involved in the campus community

    Cons

    Low pay
    Management tends to stick with old ways of operating - not too much room for innovative thinking

    Advice to Management

    Invest in success


  8. "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells College full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy, no one really cares if you show up so great for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, human and financial. Poor supervisor training. Forced acceptance of company culture which borders on extremism. Lack of professionalism across the board. Faculty are poor examples for students regarding professionalism, career knowledge, follow through, and accessing reality. Low pay and poor benefits. Departments that operate in silos.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. There are no students, therefore there are no resources. Should close the doors.