assistant Job Reviews
Women who are assistants have an overall job satisfaction level of 3.3, 28.6% of them believe there is gender equality in their firms, and make an average salary range of $25k-$50k.
I put my unpaid leave as 19, but I was paid for 13 of the weeks--using my accrued sick and vacation time. I could have taken the full FMLA unpaid time off, but wanted to have a salary again. There are some childcare centers on campus but I think they are small and hard to get into. One has hours of 8:30-5, which are my normal working hours, so maybe only professors can use it? Flextime and working from home are sort of available; it depends on your boss and job. I have heard the director is not a fan of working from home. Women are in more than half of the top level jobs but it still feels male-dominated. Yale has some great benefits--a college tuition donation, free/nearly free health care option, generous vacation (if were hired before 2009), events and resources on campus. The university feels more corporate and has lessened benefits over the last 5+ years to save money. As a non-profit, there are no bonuses--except there were some recently for top admins which was ridiculous. 2 women and the outgoing president were given multimillion dollar bonuses when they left. The president's bonus was supposedly developed while he was working as an incentive to keep him there. Raises are very low (about 2-3%) in my department of the University unless you can get a promotion. The union has negotiated better raises for its members which is great but I feel it is an unfair to non-union members, and creates a usually subtle 'us vs them' atmosphere. The raises are not really merit-based; there is either a proscribed raise or little room in the budget for a meaningful raise.
As an attorney, expect to regularly work 14 hours days and never see your family. I myself am in a support role, but even my relationships have suffered with the pressure to put in more hours all the time. Women come into this company looking beautiful and excited; a few months later they are looking skeletal and dead inside.
I've worked here for 4 years. Upper management is mostly elderly white men. Very few women in leadership roles. Every department is a different world all trying to do their best while making the big boss happy. Nice mission but lack in other areas.
Lack of opportunity for women in higher ranks unless they are French or Canadian.
So far they have been very fair
I was an IBMer for almost 25 years before I was resourced - IBM's term for laid off. Employees who were on the 'old plan' and over the age of 55 are the ones being targeted. Administrative assistants in particular, with the possible exception of Band 5 assistants, are skating on thin ice with regards to how much longer IBM will keep them employed before having someone in Malaysia or Costa Rica take over providing their clients with support. On the positive side, the first 21 years of my career were filled with many learning opportunities across multiple functions within the IBM corporation.