We are told it is a privilege to work at this University, despite the fact that most of us are not paid a living wage.
Over the years of my employment, I have watched the emphasis go from a balance of serving the student, carefully selecting applicants to being increasingly focused on donors and increasing revenue. Often this results in admitting students less qualified, but with expansive resources.
Support from management
My supervisor has never taught me anything about the mission of our office/how to do any of the managerial/administrative tasks. He is actively abusive (yelling at me whenever he is certain there is no one to witness or overhear his behavior and derisive comments). He spends most of the time working on his own projects and/or is out of the office attending "meetings". But, he does not share any information from the meetings which might help me to do my job more effectively and/or help him problem solve. He regularly takes me to HR when I have ideas or disagree with tasks he does not want to do which would put me in a compromising position.
While I have written testimonials from my student workers to all of the above, I am unable to get any help, despite appealing to HR, his supervisor and one of the Deans.
I work extremely well with certain departments which are essential to my job. The IT department is excellent. Together, we have created several tools which make my work more efficient and allows me more time to devote to student needs, rather than purely administrative and bureaucratic demands. In some cases these tools improve student learning, as well.
Other of my colleagues, are as demoralized as I am and are more difficult to work with, as they are not motivated to supply it.
Freedom to work independently
I a work very autonomously, as I have no direction from my supervisor and often cannot depend on colleagues to supply information that I need to complete a task.
While it is gratifying to create more innovative ways to problem solve. I am often opposed by my supervisor and almost everything I suggest results in argument. But, once implemented and working well, my supervisor agrees it was a good idea and often takes credit for its creation.
The University speaks with many competing, politically motivated voices. My supervisor never shares any information to which he is privy. In the execution of almost any procedure, there is some faction which is dissatisfied
While told in my interview that I was being groomed to replace my supervisor within approximately 5 years, when I mentioned that after beginning work, he reacted as if we had never had that discussion and I was attempting to take his job.
I have absolutely no chance for promotion in my present position.
Overall compensation for your work
I negotiated a salary, which I had very carefully determined, knowing that I would be working at a University and the wages would be less than what I had been earning. My supervisor was pleasantly surprised by my requirement and told me that amount would be no problem. But, he was not allowed to make that decision. Once I began, I discovered that my salary was more than 25% less than promised. When I asked about that discrepancy, I was told by my supervisor that he did not want me to be a problem. HR simply told me, that was the salary for my position and they could not do anything about the fact that I had been told differently and had accepted the job based on incorrect information.
Benefits continue to decline while our contributions to coverage continue to climb.
Office / Work Environment
We have a lovely (expensive and unnecessary) facility. But, we have little interaction with other staff and faculty because of its size and department separation
I believe the University is attempting to present itself as more socially aware in terms of sustainability issues as well as creating improving situations for the under served of our greater community. But, when I inquired into job openings in such programs, I was told none (yet) exist.
Additionally, reference to greater integration between University resources in in direct contradiction to the procedures which now exist.
The above situations make for a very stressful, frustrating and unfulfilling work environment. It is difficult not to carry that into the rest of one's life
The focus of apparently all resources is on maintaining our established image as the Number One place of education in our industry
I have been working in my present position for 8 years. While often feeling threatened about my job security, I have remained here.
But, I have been looking for a different position for years. I know what type of work I want to do and while (few) offers have been presented, I don't one to leave one less than ideal situation for another.
My work has always been an essential part of my sense of self and I want to do meaningful work, which makes a demonstrable change in peoples' lives.
There were elements of that in earlier years in my present position. But, my supervisor and the general focus of the University have created an environment in which that is increasing less the case
I believe the University is very concerned about everyone's safety. That is, in fact, a large portion of the work I do, in terms of our students and their projects.
I create my own challenges. If I were able to pursue my ideas with less resistance, my work could be very challenging and much more effective.
Inclusive / Diverse
My work environment is very political with competing factions, which rise and fall at the whim of the powers that be. I try not to express any opinion or preference in that area. But, someone is always unhappy with procedures depending on the educational philosophy they espouse.
As said in prior comments, my supervisor does not include me in any decision making or share any helpful/new information with me.
Suggestions for improvement
- More realistic - ie living wage - salary.
More opportunity for advancement or opportunity to grow/change professionally
More attention to employee needs/problems from HR, rather than an orientation to protect the employer rather than help the employee
More enthusiasm for new ideas and creative problem solving
More integration of University departments and resources
More job opportunity in new initiatives
What I like about the company
Stated earlier regarding specific questions
What I dislike about the company
Stated earlier regarding specific questiions