Macalester College Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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  1. Emeritus Professor of Economics

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macalester College

    Pros

    excellent school, president and economics department

    Cons

    lacks political diversity in faculty and students


  2. Athletic Assistant

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    Current Employee - Athletic Assistant
    Current Employee - Athletic Assistant

    I have been working at Macalester College

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    Pros

    -Flexible work schedule; able to network and communicate with your co-workers if there should ever be a conflict with your schedule as a student - Friendly bosses that do care about your well being and strive to make sure that you're looked after as a worker

    Cons

    As an athletic assistant there are no real periods of immersion or training given, which is very detrimental with regards to your growth as a professional and etc.


  3. Macalester is a fantastic place to work

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The mission of the college is worthwhile and meaningful.

    Cons

    There is little room for climbing the employment ladder.


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  5. Building Manager

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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
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    Pros

    - Good team work - Easy to get promoted if you express interest in the job and doing it well. - Full time availability during the summer

    Cons

    - Pay doesn't really increase much even after promotions - Students with financial aid are preferred over students not on financial aid.

    Advice to Management

    Implement stricter regulation of absences, late-arrivals, etc. Be less resistant to letting people go if their performance is constantly under-par.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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?



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