Gained valuable experience on how to navigate a bad work environment
Under Division of Student Life (Former Employee) – Lakeshore Campus – January 10, 2019
Leadership puts on a really good show, but unfortunately, they do not walk the talk. I was surprised that leadership would sometimes create undue tension by taking actions of both supervisees (AND even students) the wrong way, getting offended or upset. There were also a few, but very impactful, incidents in which my director was not supportive and would not take responsibility for actions the department did to its employees. At an institutional level, leadership also plays favorites among employees.
There is consistent talk of being "student-centered," but I found that such a focus was not present in the most important and inclusive ways. Leadership does not always do well to critically consider how identity intersects with their engagement of students. Students who are favored/rewarded are the stereotypical or privileged student, not students with various underrepresented identities.
A silver lining to these critiques is that the valuable lesson of learning how to governance works at a university. The adherence to organizational structures is quite rigid here, which may possibly be the one of the reasons for some of the aforementioned critiques. While some situations were toxic or frustrating, learning how to navigate these waters was invaluable.
relationships with peers, working with great students, better understanding of organization/governance
overtime without compensation, too much bureaucracy, poor institutional leadership