Yale U - not as great a it once was...
COLLABORATION AND SOCIAL MEDIA EVANGELIST (Former Employee) – New Haven, CT – April 13, 2016
Yale was always a great place to work. You typically understand you will make less money, but you will have great benefits and increased work/life balance. It always felt like an honor to work there and be part of their mission. Over the last 5 years, the work environment and morale has declined considerably. The raise pool for staff is so small its embarrassing. Even when you EXCEL the most you can hope for is a 3-4% raise. There are no bonuses and while job security used to be one of the factors, it is no longer the case. The IT department has reorg fatigue, and has had several rounds of layoffs with little chance of turning that around. They also talk regularly about their commitment to diversity. However, in a recent round of layoffs in IT, there were 9 women, 3 individuals who self-identified as LGBTQ, 2 persons of ethnic diversity, and one over the age of 60. It has also lost its feel of "academia" and feels much more corporate. I loved my time there, but am happy to have moved on. There are a lot of "fire fights" and very little time to spend on planning and proactive work. The best thing about the place are the people, which is important. 10 years ago I would have rated Yale as a 5 star in all categories. In terms of priority - the University is committed to its students and faculty first and foremost, followed by the researchers. So whenever there are cuts, they are ALWAYS to the administrative staff.
great environment in New Haven