Macalester College

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Macalester College Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macalester College

    Pros

    Great faculty, staff, students, and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    could stay open longer on weekends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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  5.  

    Great community.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macalester College part-time

    Pros

    Multiculturalism. Internationalism. Strong preprofessional culture.

    Cons

    Stronger professional network in finance is desirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise academic rigor.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    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?

  7.  

    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 an year)

    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."

    Recommends
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  8.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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  9.  

    Preceptor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macalester College

    Pros

    You learn a lot and stay busy

    Cons

    I really liked my experience

  10.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Building Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Building Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    The environment is very open-minded.

    Cons

    There were really no cons to this place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Great attitude envrionment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macalester College

    Pros

    People are helpful and have a great attitude. The school is also in the middle of the city.

    Cons

    Hard if you can't stand Minnesotans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Residential Life specifically is a bit too micromanagy.

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