Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great job to start off a communications career

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    Former Employee - Communications in Geneva, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Communications in Geneva, NY (US)

    I worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great manager, fun opportunities, great products from the office

    Cons

    Low salary, but it was a start. Sometimes left out of meetings I wanted to me included in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Excellent colleague, poor athletic management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY (US)

    I have been working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will work with some of the most dedicated people you can find. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management refuses to mentor and if necessary remove the people holding back forward progress. Very much "old boys club" mentality in athletics. Salary well under average. Very little concern for healthy work/life balance. No effort to retain good people. Very hesitant and resistant to work towards necessary change. Maintaining appearances is the #1 concern. Pushed to promote corporate alliance members rather than best choice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mandate ongoing leadership training for people promoted into position of power. Have a better job performance review taking coworker, staff, and athletes into account. Reevaluate salaries compared to other comparable institutions. Implement structures that promote and allow health work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Excellent place to work!

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Geneva, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Geneva, NY (US)

    I have been working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (tuition exchange and reimbursement, medical, retirement match, generous vacation and sick time).
    They promote within.
    Strong company values.

    Cons

    Pay is lower due to higher ed status, but benefits weigh out lower pay.

    Recommends
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    Great investment of time!

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    Former Employee - Intern in Geneva, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Geneva, NY (US)

    I worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive community, beautiful location, everyone shares in the excitement of working at HWS

    Cons

    biweekly pay system, harsh winters, students have little chance to make more than minimum wage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great growing and learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Pros

    The student population is terrific to work with, and you cannot pick a more attractive location to work. Senior leadership has great ideas for moving the Colleges forward and working to make the student experience better.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be red tape/politics in Higher Ed that reduces efficiency and slows down potential improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let politics impede progress.

    Recommends
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just an awesome happiness that keeps me getting out of bed in the morning!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY (US)

    I have been working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, friendly people, great benefits, lectures and sporting events to attend, and working with students keeps you young!

    Cons

    Managers refuse to address the long term employees lacking skills even with the technology tools given to improve internal processes.

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