Macalester College Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Great!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macalester College

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get set up with work study, great professors, fun to interact with students

    Cons

    If you don't have work study, getting a job is very difficult

    Advice to Management

    None

  2. Still great for now, but a changing culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Macalester College full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Students are wonderful. They come to class prepared to learn and are great about taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it to projects in the real world.

    Cons

    Mac used to have a reputation as a liberal school with a strong social justice bent. That's changing rapidly under the current admin regime, who wants to remold the school along corporate lines. Many of the current faculty and staff are upset at the changes happening in regards to this. Also that same admin has given themselves obscene pay raises in recent years, while pay for everyone else has stagnated.

    Advice to Management

    A slick business model isn't always the best way to attract donors. Many of the Mac alum are proud of their school's older heritage, and moving away from that will probably alienate as many donors as it attracts.

  3. Great experience as a student worker

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    Current Contractor - Office Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Contractor - Office Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Macalester College as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - staff are consistently caring and recognize that students are working on top of being full-time students
    - plenty of opportunities to take on bigger responsibilities
    - many community events open to students, staff, faculty, community
    - Macalester is a wonderful employer for student workers

    Cons

    - minimum wage is tough as a student who lives out of state and is trying to save for summer rent
    - hard to connect with workers in other departments

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  5. Generally good experience working as a resident assistant at Macalester College.

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Macalester College part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly supervisors, lenient requirements, relatively easy job for the pay.

    Cons

    Strict responsibilities, stigma, pay significantly lower than similar position at other colleges.

  6. Work-life balance favors life over work.

    Current Employee - Student Services in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Student Services in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Macalester College

    Pros

    The campus is fairly diverse and international, and very liberal; however, administration and staff could be much more diverse. There are many opportunities for smart and serious students to advance themselves and do great things. The alumni network is impressively strong for such a relatively small college. The indulgent environment is well suited for workers who do not like to work very hard.

    Cons

    There is a definite bubble of Mac pride and culture surrounding the campus. If you buy in, you'll love it. If you don't, be prepared to feel like an outsider. Student service staff could be much more professional and student-oriented. Many take advantage of the complete lack of oversight and accountability. The result is that current students aren't getting the services they are entitled to and which they pay a tremendous amount of tuition each year to receive. In my experience, constant "team" formation and mentality means that staff are far less productive, and not at all intent on minimizing the gap between their potential and actual performance. Those with a strong work ethic will be constantly frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Act ethically and professionally and those around you will follow. Hold accountable those who come in late, often "work" from home, take far too many last-minute days and half days off for flimsy personal reasons, submit untruthful time reports to HR, collect pay they did not earn, and do not provide quality services to students.

  7. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macalester College

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great faculty, staff, students, and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    could stay open longer on weekends.

  8. Awesome School

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macalester College

    Pros

    Great environment, good location, fun staff

    Cons

    Cold winters, and did I mention cold winters?

  9. Great community.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macalester College part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multiculturalism. Internationalism. Strong preprofessional culture.

    Cons

    Stronger professional network in finance is desirable.

    Advice to Management

    Raise academic rigor.

  10. Excellent place to teach and live

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    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Macalester College full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, engaged, humble students. Very helpful, competent support staff. Friendly, down-to-earth colleagues. Fantastic facilities (library, gym). Good benefits if you make the right choices and stay long enough to get your money's worth. The Twin Cities is a wonderful place to live: friendly, non-hectic, and affordable -- yet also culturally rich and very cosmopolitan by any (not only Midwestern) standards.

    Cons

    A rabidly liberal ideology permeates all goings-on at the college, from the faculty meetings' agenda to the content of the courses. Many of the students think of themselves as liberal social activists in training, and expect their social lives, extracurriculars, and coursework to be in some way connected with this core mission. Unless you are prepared to actively preach liberal values in the classroom and among other faculty, and to have these values preached back at you by colleagues and students at every turn, you may feel marginalized. Also: beware the cold Minnesota winters, and the passive-aggressive interaction style known as "Minnesota nice."

  11. It could always be worse.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macalester College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers. Awesome support staff. Pays better than many similar institutions.

    Cons

    Transitioning from an idealistic worldview to a corporate worldview. Tenor of the institution suggests one thing then does another.

    Advice to Management

    Consider why you entered this field in the first place. Try to remember when you were young and struggling. Remember that your values, what is good for you, is not necessarily good for your underlings and the institution at large.

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