Macalester College

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Macalester College Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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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  2.  

    It could always be worse.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macalester College part-time for 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.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    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 for 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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  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Very good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Macalester College

    Pros

    motivated students; kind colleagues; friendly staff

    Cons

    none really. It's a great place.

  8.  

    Research Assistant in Physics Department

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Macalester College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professors are very helpful and dedicated to teaching. I learned a lot from my professor and co-workers while working in there. People were very casual and friendly. Free room and board. Access to one of the best gym in Liberal Arts College. Friday picnic.

    Cons

    Compensation was low compared to school from California. But I can't complain since I got paid to work on fun projects and learn science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation is always a plus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  9.  

    student supervisor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macalester College

    Pros

    The job was very lax and easy to manage. The manager was not hard to deal with at all.

    Cons

    Cons were very few. There were only a few difficulties like working with students, but other than that it was very easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it less easy

  10.  

    It was fun and educational.

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    Former Employee - ITS Help Desk
    Former Employee - ITS Help Desk

    I worked at Macalester College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Student workers are given task akin to an entry level IT position. Staff are always assisting students with jobs.

    Cons

    Small campus yields limited connections. The neighborhood is sketchy if you walk a mile away. Sometimes pressure to participate more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have less meetings where nothing gets accomplished

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Liberal-minded, work hard, play hard.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macalester College

    Pros

    Small liberal arts college with dedicated professors.

    Cons

    Not a target, may not have many opportunities.

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