Franklin Olin College of Engineering

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Franklin Olin College of Engineering Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
10 Reviews
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    flexibility at your fingertips

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    Former Employee - Student Worker  in  Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Needham, MA

    I worked at Franklin Olin College of Engineering part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a student worker, your hours are flexible and all the supervisors are very understanding of the crazy work schedule Olin students have. Lots of opportunities to meet people who run the organization.

    Cons

    Limited number of on-campus positions. Work-life balance can be difficult so pick and choose!

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    Great way to earn money while studying.

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    Current Employee - Course Assistant  in  Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Course Assistant in Needham, MA

    I have been working at Franklin Olin College of Engineering part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really great for working during the semester, you can work as a course assistant for a class, or for admissions or other offices as well. Mostly flexible hours.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay super well. It can be hard to get a job as a course assistant unless you know a professor pretty well.

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    great place to be

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    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Current Employee - Student Worker

    I have been working at Franklin Olin College of Engineering part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    a great place for engineering education. half tuition scholarship for everyone.

    Cons

    tuition goes up every year. student wages start pretty low 8/freshman and goes up at 50 cent increments per year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    students want to know where our money's going. there's no transparency.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I LOVE THIS PLACE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Franklin Olin College of Engineering part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good employee-management relations, a lot of camaraderie and inter-department friendships. The students here are also fantastic, and are often a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    It's such a small school that there is a lot of accountability, and it could be hard for you to slip through the cracks, if that's what you're looking for. Even though it's very small though, there can be a lot of bureaucracy and work politics, at least as much at at larger workplaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove some of the middle management, where it exists. Like our students, just have us work together to solve problems! Let there be a horizontal orientation of the workplace structure instead of the vertical one that exists now.

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    A proud place of innovation that takes care of its own.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Franklin Olin College of Engineering

    Pros

    innovative, re-defining engineering curriculum for the United States of America and beyond

    Cons

    work permeates most aspects of life, and days of the week

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Needham, MA

    I have been working at Franklin Olin College of Engineering full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many of the staff and faculty have been working since the school opened, which shows the dedication to the College. The buildings/work environment is top notch especially for a New England higher ed atmosphere. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Very Small, and therefore not a lot of room for advancement.Olin is operating with close to no income and relying heavily on funding based on the endowment therefore the salary ranges tend to be lower than other area institutions.

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  8.  

    Best college on the planet

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Franklin Olin College of Engineering

    Pros

    Awesome students, world class faculty

    Cons

    Small school, not everybody has heard of it

  9.  

    A good place to learn, great career opportunities, but no work life balance.

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    Former Employee - Student  in  Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Student in Needham, MA

    I worked at Franklin Olin College of Engineering full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very involved professors, interesting coursework, easy to get help when needed. Additionally you learn how to actually get things done from the courses, as opposed to knowing theory but not how to apply anything.

    Cons

    NO work life balance. You will work all the time or others will make sure you know that your work is mediocre. Additionally the CS program is very weak, too weak to pass interviews from the courses at Olin alone.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Olin was a pleasure.

    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Needham, MA

    I worked at Franklin Olin College of Engineering as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Depending on your function, you have a great deal of flexibility in hours and environment. Additionally, the supervisors are generally excellent people and you are almost sure to enjoy working with your coworkers.

    Cons

    It's difficult to say what downsides there are to working at Olin College; the primary one that I can think of is that summer positions seem to be almost uniformly held by students of the school, so it is probably difficult to get a position there if you are not one.

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    Careful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Franklin Olin College of Engineering

    Pros

    Small community. Flexibility. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Poor management from the top down. Resource issues. Very politicized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top-level Management needs to be more involved and hands-on. Administrative offices need more financial resources and policies and procedures need to be determined and documented.

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