Sarah Lawrence College

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Sarah Lawrence College Reviews

Updated July 6, 2014
Updated July 6, 2014
8 Reviews

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    Admin. Assistant Position: Great atmosphere, but very low pay and low morale

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great faculty, lovely staff, nice buildings great physical work environment and people are trying to do good work and change the world.

    Cons

    To pay for the 400 million debt the college has, they have cut many jobs making you grateful that you still have a job. But, the reality is the pay rate does not allow you to sustain yourself as a single income anywhere let alone the fact the college is in the most expensive village in the most expensive county of the country. I have gone into extreme debt ($10,000/yr) just to eat and live. And, have been so overworked most days and have had to take a second and third job outside of the college on weekends to help pay bills. Each staff cutback puts more work and stress on the remaining staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a disconnect between sr. management and campus philosophy which has led to low, low morale. Princeton has a student-staff ratio of 6 to 1. There should be an increase in staff to support the mission of the college not a decrease in staff. Reach out to Princeton

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    Great People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bronxville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronxville, NY

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, coworkers and outside staff are very helpful and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Upper management creates problems even in day to day functions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    great intellectual environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great place to growth intellectually, good relationships

    Cons

    secluded town, very informal structure

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    Fumbling in a time of upheaval

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some good people here who really care about making this a great place to be; pretty campus; free gym

    Cons

    Undervalued staff; management is either clueless or completely dishonest/condescending; several new hires can only be described as hostile; taking away employee benefits in an effort to quell debt while top brass retains their cushy salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up front with staff instead of springing major decisions on them at the last second; Don't expect administrative staff and middle management to be satisfied with being so drastically underpaid as the economy starts to bounce back; hiring "sharks" won't be the answer to all your financial problems and your reputation may suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    BROKE & Pretentious

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    Current Employee - Affairs  in  Bronxville, NY
    Current Employee - Affairs in Bronxville, NY

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus and wonderful students

    Cons

    Very small college to be broke and cannot get it right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff and not the board

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    The Art and Price of Teaching.

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    Current Employee - Professor  in  Bronxville, NY
    Current Employee - Professor in Bronxville, NY

    Pros

    A very committed faculty is given tremendous freedom in developing courses and assessing outcomes, within a novel pedagogy, stressing individual student centered education through mentoring and independent research projects chosen by student and teacher . A very dynamic intellectual community with respect across disciplinary lines. Students are generally motivated, skilled but above all expressive and creative.

    Cons

    The education is very expensive, the support staffs are generally understaffed. As indicated by outside sources there is a desperate need to improve finances, develop a vision, upkeep both the pedagogy and physical plant, and generally improve general administrative/management competence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the faculty as partner, stress productivity gains before moderate cuts, make a commitment to improving physical plant, more faculty and alums in positions of authority, if possible hold the line on tuition -- all easier said than done. .

  8.  

    Somewhere everyone should work for a few years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bronxville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronxville, NY

    Pros

    Quality of life. Benefit package. Student interaction.

    Cons

    Communication of decisions. Lack of traditional structure within the academic hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find consistent ways to communicate with students, faculty, and staff on a daily, weekly, monthly, and semester schedule to improve leadership perception.

    Recommends
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    Good place to work!

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Bronxville, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bronxville, NY

    Pros

    Wonderful, creative atmosphere, supportive staff. It is a relaxed environment which is close to NYC. The only thing is...higher management (such as the President of the college) can be incompetent and unreceptive to the liberal arts atmosphere that defines the college in general. I would say that people who are thinking of working at this college should talk to other tenured and non-tenured faculty to get a sense of the dynamics between the faculty and administration.

    Cons

    New president is someone unresponsive to the creative needs of the College as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to be more receptive to the general faculty. And they need to be less worred about themselves!

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