- Bard College25.Apr. 2018
While there are some wonderful people at Bard, the governing forces are male-centric and do not encourage a collabortative and positive work environment. It is a culture of "teachers' pets" where solid, hard work is not typically acknowledged or appreciated.
This depends on whom you happen to report to. There are some great people in management positions and there are some who have never had a "real" job outside of Bard. The latter don't understand the finer points of management, their expectations don't necessarily align with reality, and they haven't learned how to professionally operate in an emotionally healthy way.
There are some people who value the concept of teamwork and common goals, but that is not the norm. The culture at Bard promotes a sense of I-have-to-protect-myself-and-my-job rather than working together as a team - I had a manager who often used my ideas and presented them as his/her own. There is also a great deal of micromanagement, which wastes time and undermines the ability to work effectively and as a solid unit. When one's efforts are not appreciated, and with so many people unhappy in their jobs, it's not easy to feel a sense of community.
Again, this depends on with whom you work. I know of some managers who encourage independence and hard work, while others micromanage to the point that it's difficult to get tasks completed. I had very simple things that took weeks or months to complete because of micromanagement and management's inability to follow through and collaborate. Reports, projects, etc. were held hostage by management that did not appreciate independent work, proactive approaches, and attempts at strategic planning.
Communication within specific departments is lacking, as is communication between various departments and campus-wide. Instead of working together for the common goals, there is a sense of secrecy instead of collaboration. Questions asked of other departments were often met with defensiveness rather than welcomed.
In most aspects, gender equality is present at Bard. However, there is most definitely a good-ol'-boys culture stemming from upper management.
Umgang mit älteren Kollegen
I was not aware of any negativity or issues with this.
Karriere / Weiterbildung
In my personal experience, this area is lacking. There wasn't the funding for attending career development events, management didn't support growth, and there is a culture of work-hard versus work-smart, which makes it challenging to grow and expand professionally.
Gehalt / Sozialleistungen
Bard is not known for paying well. Nor are raises or promotions something you can count on. Their benefits are alright and you do get free use of the gym and facilities.
There is typically not enough space for employees. There are some very nice offices and there are some that are quite challenging and unpleasant.
In my experience, this depends on the nature of a person's job and who their manager is. Some managers support a healthy work/life balance, while others have no boundaries (late night phone calls, not understanding of parents with children and scheduling, expecting work on weekends, not valuing an employee's time, expecting extra evening hours without any discussion or appreciation). There are many days when I ate lunch at my desk while working - if I even had a chance to eat lunch - because of the expectations of my supervisor (who would be sure to take his/her lunch break). My advice is to ask questions about this during your interview and establish clear boundaries from the start, should you get hired.
This all depends of what aspect you're looking at and whom you ask. In some ways it's quite positive and in others it's quite lacking.
- My first suggestion is that Bard stop creating satellite programs and use their financial resources to strengthen their existing programming. That would ideally allow for extra staffing, better pay, an ability to be really strong in some things rather than adequate in many things. Another area in need of improvement is for management to receive ongoing training about how to be effective and strong leaders. Most management (starting at the top) leads with a air of superiority and dominance.
The students are great, the campus is beautiful, and diversity is celebrated. There are some wonderful things being done there by some wonderful people. I just wish it was done with a sense of collaboration rather than domination.
The leadership philosophies and culture. The way strong employees are not often encouraged or appreciated.
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