University of New England Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 8 Aug 2019

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University of New England President James Herbert
James Herbert
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  • "Bullying and bad behavior is allowed to flourish, as conflict is avoided at all costs by upper management(in 5 reviews)

  • "Low pay, Poor management, Opportunities for growth are limited(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic environment & Little respect"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Professional Staff Member in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of New England full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campuses. Facilities department does an amazing job during all seasons. Unsung heroes. Most adjunct are very dedicated.

    Cons

    Professional Development reserved for upper management only (and not much at that... $ is pinched) Inequity of benefits between staff. Micromanagement from leadership creates stressful and toxic environment. Management makes decisions without understanding processes and does not inform/query effected stakeholders. Management often says one thing but then does something else. Leadership fails to communicate so professional staff must rely on the grapevine.

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible atmosphere, incompetent leadership"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of New England full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    UNE offers great benefits, 403b match and vacation time are great. Health insurance is good.

    Cons

    University leadership is turning a blind eye to incompetent College-level leaders. The (former) fastest growth college is currently being run into the ground due to poor leadership decisions. Bullying and bad behavior is allowed to flourish, as conflict is avoided at all costs by upper management. There is no accountability. Staff are not given any professional development, nor are they respected for their contributions. Positions are currently being cut, with the expectation that others will absorb the work. College leaders are tone deaf and ignorant to the current culture, which erodes more and more each day. College leaders have no self awareness that they are the problem.

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Promises, Promises, Promises"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of New England full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    For the most part you get a pretty flexible work schedule. The benefits used to be stellar but are still better than most places. The campuses are very well taken care of and beautiful in the summer. Regular cost of living raise.

    Cons

    If you can get an interview (4-6 months) and you make it to the final round you will almost certainly hear something along the lines of "room for advancement" or "ability to grow". This is pretty much a bold faced lie. Most of the upper management is just out to lunch or looking out for their own interests, when it comes to the people who grind it out everyday they couldn't seem to care less. There is no way to advance, promotions are reserved for those who brown-nose constantly. Be prepared that the job you get is the job you will have until you leave.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of New England

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice work environment, great co-workers

    Cons

    Salary doesn't keep up with current salaries at other institutions. Heavy turnover in upper management. Expectation that everyone wants to work 60 hours per week.

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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Admin Assistant positions, held in low regard, the culture does not develop or promote these individuals, mostly women"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Biddeford, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of New England full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Campuses are lovely, vibrant places. Students are great. Benefits with TIAA-CREF and health are good. The pool and exercise rooms are wonderful and staff is encouraged to make use of them.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than most private colleges in NE. Many employees have reached upper management positions and have been remained in them for 25-30 years. They typically receive no management training or development. Their administrative power over the secretarial and assistant folks (majority of women) is unchecked, thus a very detrimental sense of entitlement pervades. Through the work culture runs a hearty strain of paranoia that allows a sort of bullying towards this employee class (those under a Level 9). There is often infighting between the lower levels because there is no forum to discuss problems without being fired, no ombudsmen with whom to file a grievance, no apparent process to move on within the various job tracks.

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