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Notre Dame de Namur Reviews

Updated 15 May 2017
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  1. "Wonderful place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Notre Dame de Namur full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart and hardworking colleagues. The location is beautiful, a natural environment within a city and on the northern end of Silicon Valley. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are good and bad elements of benefits. The medical plan is costly if you insure family members or partners. Time off is generous. Salary/pay is low for the region. There are faculty who feel entitled to higher pay and share negative attitudes because of it.

    Advice to Management

    I feel that management is doing the best they can to ensure long-term health and stability for the university. That said, they need to provide regular salary increases commensurate with performance. A performance based salary structure is fair.


  2. "Amazing Faculty, Trouble in the administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur full-time

    Pros

    the faculty collaborate well, are enthusiastic and great to work with. Small class sizes and great students. The campus is lovely and they are unionizing.

    Cons

    Administration doesn't know what they are doing. They do not understand transparency or shared governance. They don't know how to handle money.


  3. "Assistant Professor ...salad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur full-time

    Pros

    Committed to Diversity, small campus community, offers community based learning.

    Cons

    Chronically out of money and fearing closure. High level of ongoing tension between faculty and administration

    Advice to Management

    Admit students that are well prepared


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  5. "Great University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Notre Dame de Namur full-time

    Pros

    The workplace environment is one of the best that I've ever encountered in my work history. At one point I became extremely ill and not only were they very willing to help accommodate my schedule but also remained supportive throughout the experience.

    Cons

    Pay is low but holidays and holiday pay is generous. Good health insurance. Tuition remission is a huge plus. Had a workplace harassment issue that went on for nearly a year until action was finally taken by higher management.

    Advice to Management

    Consider paying staff more equally.


  6. "No one gets along"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid winter break, a very few nice employees, reasonable work hours, can go to school for free after six months. That's it.

    Cons

    Poor morale. Managers/Departments act as if they like each other but openly discuss how much they hate one another to the employees of their department. Faculty and staff do not get along or communicate. The pay is below average and there is no room to grow. Issues within departments are never resolved and the employee is the one to leave because HR, directors, and VPs to do like to get involved. Employees are afraid to ask for time off because managers throw a fit. Unpaid overtime.
    Managers show favoritism towards a few staff members and students. There is favoritism towards student athletes which some departments have been know to bend certain rules and policies for.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your staff, treat them with respect, and managers keep your attitude problems in check. Employees are not responsible for your bad days.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lovely people but lackluster environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Enrollment in Belmont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Enrollment in Belmont, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    +1 star for the people and community - a lot of passion and student-centered
    +1 star for the students - the values of social justice and service are pinnacle for many

    Cons

    -1 star for the management/turnover - poor communicators, ineffective leaders and terrible at judging morale. You're constantly getting a new supervisor and a new team because of turnover.
    -1 star for the retention/enrollment/budget woes - this school not only struggles to keep their students but also to recruit new ones. This adds pressure to all departments to try to keep functioning at the same or better capacity with less resources.
    -1 star for being underpaid, overworked and under-appreciated - they expect miracles with a shoestring budget. Don't expect your paycheck to keep pace with the cost of living.

    The values and mission appeal to many but, unfortunately, it's all talk and little walk and even the students see that.

    Advice to Management

    Management is well aware of the problems. Unfortunately, they can't always take action because of budgetary restraints.. or perhaps lack of caring.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Professional, Intimate, Direct Educational Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Generalist Tutor in Belmont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Generalist Tutor in Belmont, CA (US)
    Recommends

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers and supervisors are always friendly, and versatile in their knowledge base. Students have very reliable, and prompt one on one appointments with staff. If you like working in a university that's quick to travel between campus buildings, and with class sizes comparable to community college size classrooms and offices as opposed to a large auditorium then you would enjoy working here.

    Cons

    The university is on a hill. It only takes about 5 - 7 minutes to walk up the hill from street level, but disabled students and/or staff using wheelchairs that are manual as opposed to motorized might have a bit of a challenge getting up the driveway on the hill. So, they may need to make arrangements with the public safety office or an agency like Ready Wheels to take them up the hill.


  9. "Small and hard working"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA (US)

    I have been working at Notre Dame de Namur (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A small University so people a close community feeling is there.

    Cons

    Pay could be better for faculty and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Have better training for employees


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Disarray"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good mission helping first generation and lower income students. Very diverse and location and campus has potential.

    Cons

    Faculty is unionizing wanting more and the University is making cuts because they have less. Totally moving in different directions and in total disarray. Unless this can be resolved and everyone starts marching to the same tune, the University won't survive.

    Advice to Management

    There are only one solution to the problem - more revenue. More students for more revenue or more donations for more revenue. Fixed costs are too high for current revenue.


  11. "Natural sciences"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Notre Dame de Namur part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment , the pay could be better but people working are really cheerful.

    Cons

    Pay could be a lot better


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