Pros: relatively good benefits; good hours
Cons: bullying, unequal treatment, disorganization
I came into the job with recommendations from former students as well as someone who used to work there. Unfortunately, their recommendations ill prepared me for obtaining the worst job of my life.
The main thing is the campus seems a continual mess. Many people don't seem to have much knowledge for their position or what they are doing. Some areas are years behind in their work. There is micromanaging from the top down. Bullying is an everyday affair and not only tolerated but encouraged by lack of management disapproval. There are no anti-bullying services for employees. If you get a bad review or have problems with a supervisor, you have no mediation services and HR will not help you. You've had the good ole boys who have been there forever, and some people quit like wildfire. They outsource some jobs. Pay is incredibly unequal with some making dirt nothing and some making some of the highest compensation in their field, even compared to better universities. Some people get treated like kings and queens with all kinds of perks, and others get so little budget, they can barely have the basic office necessities.
There is incredible stress to perform. Even if you are amazing and do an amazing job, it will go unrewarded. In fact, some of the incompetent ones will become extremely jealous and want to ruin you. It's weird because some incompetent people stay years without getting fired, and the competent ones are persecuted.
There is little room for advancement with such a small workforce. The under-staffment of the university makes workloads difficult.
I'm concerned about the financial state of the university as we are always seem to be hearing about budget cuts and enrollment going down.
I am so stressed all of the time from the worst management I have ever experienced (even in my lowliest of jobs), that my health is failing.