Notre Dame de Namur

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Notre Dame de Namur Reviews

Updated 8 May, 2014
Updated 8 May, 2014
4 Reviews
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    A small school with a wonderful mission, but disorganized management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A focus on teaching, passion for community service and engagement, the ability to work closely with students, a beautiful campus, generally very nice people to work with.

    Innovative approach to program development (NDNU will have the first PhD program in Art Therapy in the country!)

    A mission to ensure educational access to all students (NDNU was the the first women's college in California and the first in the state authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women!)

    There is good support for professional development (access to materials and resources, conference attendance) - this may vary by department and employee role.

    Cons

    For candidates: we do not advertise salary ranges like many other schools, we do not offer relocation, we generally do not provide travel/housing for in-person interviews.

    Benefits: insurance for partners/spouses/dependents is expensive (very little to no subsidy from employer); a pay-as-you-go philosophy (meaning there are no cost-of-living increases, or "bonuses" in the traditional sense. If we do well, financially, in any given year, there could be salary increases or retirement contributions the following year. There's nothing wrong with this philosophy, but it may be different than other employers.

    There is an inadequate focus on performance evaluation and so some employees are never taught how to do their jobs better.

    Lack of good communication between decision-makers and everyone else.

    Human Resources department is inconsistent and has primary concern for the university, not the employees.

    There are a good number of employees who have been here a long time and/or are disgruntled, which sometimes makes the working environment negative.

    As a small school, many of our offices are understaffed, leading to people feeling under-appreciated and over-worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Spiritual, committed, fulfilling, I loved working here and blessed to have been around such wonderful people.

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    Former Employee - Grounds Manager in Belmont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Grounds Manager in Belmont, CA (US)

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of positive reinforcement, and surrounded by people who appreciate higher education, and nature.

    Cons

    With all educational institutions, is lack of funds, you have to work here for the passion of what it is your seeking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you all are committed to do the best with what is available. I will remember you all forever especially the Sisters of Notre Dame.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware; not everyone is on the side of the angels here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Access Services Manager in Belmont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Access Services Manager in Belmont, CA (US)

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good overall atmosphere, beautiful, historic setting, mid-peninsula location, close to CalTrain. Spiritual atmosphere without being overwhelming. Provides a stepping stone for an academic career. If you are reading this review on Glassdoor.com, you probably won't be at NDNU for too long. I guess another pro is that the turnover here is so high that they are frequent job openings!

    Cons

    Poor benefits. Employees frequently complained they could not afford to put their families on the insurance the university offered. The department I worked in - the library - suffered an outrageous amount of turnover because of the library director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the exit statements in the HR office for managers in departments with high turnover.
    P.S.- Five people in a six-person department is ordinarily considered a high turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Under appreciated employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions in Belmont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Admissions in Belmont, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great faculty, sincere students who stuck because most courses wont transfer out

    Cons

    management is ungrateful, sloppy dress code, unprofessional HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more driven employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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