Dartmouth Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon
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Pros
  • Beautiful area and the work-life balance is mostly reasonable (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits, beautiful area, lots of things to do for a small college town (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • It's hard to use this job as your only job because cost of living in New Hampshire is too high (in 5 reviews)

  • If you are a couple, it may be difficult for your spouse to find a job (in 3 reviews)

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  1. great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great location, great people, great town

    Cons

    too cold, too stiff, apart from that good

    Advice to Management

    be a little bit more professional


  2. great location

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great location Friendly people New facilities in general

    Cons

    Recently have had some financial woes Ivory tower aspect of academia is glaring


  3. Dartmouth Post Doc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hanover, NH
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hanover, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, and a small community all made the experience more pleasant than average. The location is also great: access to outdoor life.

    Cons

    May not be recognized as a top-tier research university. Job prospects in academia are tough all-around but this may be tougher at a smaller research school.

    Advice to Management

    A more pro-active and positive attitude toward non-academic career paths would help everyone. Inviting contacts from industry to help recruitment and job placement outside academia would be a start.


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  5. Some great people, some bureaucrats, leadership could improve.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dartmouth part-time

    Pros

    I know of no other place where there's a comparably high level of research and capability as well as a collegial culture among Faculty. People there actually care - about each other, about teaching, and about many other things outside their own sphere.

    Cons

    There's too much fat in the system, and leadership is - as it often is in universities - diffuse and frankly, untrained, resulting in poor decisions, and usually, decisions-by-consensus when the unpopular choice is often necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Leading an organization has little to do with being good at science. We've got a great business school here - let's learn some basics of organizational leadership before large leadership roles are bestowed.


  6. Epidemiologic Research Analyst

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    Former Employee - Epidemiologic Research Analyst in Hanover, NH
    Former Employee - Epidemiologic Research Analyst in Hanover, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dartmouth full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Engaging work at the DAC. Loved Medicare data and claims research. Engaging PI's, 95% of them top notch researchers, full of ideas and strong workmanship. We published and worked hard on projects together in a colloquial, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. The research itself was extremely enjoyable. Mentors, as in other long-standing analysts, were great people to learn from.

    Cons

    Disorganized leadership, which meant an uncertain future. Some of the bosses coming through were terrible. Some of the organizational decisions made life hard for quiet work, such as office rearrangements and moves. The work requires quiet concentration, which was not recognized as a valid concern by higher-ups. Also, the grants funding space was iffy at best, never knowing if your job is going to be on the chopping block or not. Pros outweigh the cons, however.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to analysts' needs. In order to do that work effectively, we need to have a quiet, private space that is conducive to many hours of uninterrupted concentration. No chaos. A completely predictable, quiet, pleasant place to work. And get better directors. Sheesh. The people you keep hiring are awful. Get nice people who help the work along, not people who get on our nerves!


  7. Research Lab Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professors care about their students' learning.

    Cons

    The winters are a brutally cold.


  8. Lovely place to work!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful area, friendly people, decent pay.

    Cons

    College town isn't for everyone.


  9. Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dartmouth full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and health care for the area. My supervisor was very supportive of me having a family. Clear structure within organization

    Cons

    Can at times be too bureaucratic and that can be limiting, especially for moving up within the organization. Things can also not be communicated as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on being supportive of those with families. Good job with organization.


  10. Student Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    dartmouth is in unbelievable school with a lot to offer. I have nothing else to say since I am a student that does not work.

    Cons

    There are no cons to being a dartmouth student. It is the most fun school to go to and I would not go to another school


  11. Good place to study and live

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dartmouth (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People here are nice. Students have the opportunity to pursue their own interests. Hanover is also a great place to live.

    Cons

    Research resources are limited. Living expense is relatively high. Winter can be too long for some people.

    Advice to Management

    College should be more supportive for basic scientific research.



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