St. Olaf
3.7 of 5 14 reviews
www.stolaf.edu Northfield, MN 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated May 5, 2014

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David R. Anderson

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82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Undergraduate student at St. Olaf

    Student Worker (Current Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    ProsVery flexible and reasonable pay for a student.

    ConsDepending on the campus job, not enough hours are given to students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Advancement Services (Current Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    ProsFlexible Hours, Good Supervising, Some research, learn great business related stuff

    Consthe work can get a little monotonous

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    Telecommunications Operator (Former Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    Pros- Many hours available (24 hr)
    - Many worker so taking small to large shifts is available
    - Exchange of shifts easily done and effective
    - Not too busy and give you time to do other work (Homework, etc)
    - Laid back most of the time

    Cons- Can be hectic
    - Can be stuck assigned to late hours (graveyard shifts)
    - Request for shift exchange is completely based on if anyone takes or wants your shift
    - no absence allowed
    - no tolerance with absence, fired immediately if absent or late to shift

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood people, good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

    Desk Receptionist (Former Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    ProsGood work environment, Nice people

    ConsNone, Nada, Nil, Zero, (Blank)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent student-work position

    Sociology & Anthropology Student Office Worker (Former Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    ProsLots of flexibility in your schedule, you are able to choose (somewhat) the projects you work on, faculty are open to ideas on new department events and projects.

    ConsWhile faculty are open to new ideas, making them happen will be an uphill battle. Unclear expectations regarding certain tasks. Sometimes confusion from having multiple members of faculty assign you work at the same time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmphasize teaching office and professional skills to student workers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not what was promised

    Professor (Current Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    ProsSalary is reasonable, some excellent colleagues, some truly bright and engaging students, a teaching load that is "good" for liberal arts colleges

    ConsAn ethos of coddling certain students; location; lack of student. faculty, and staff diversity; lack of scholarly resources outside of the sciences; an exceptionalist narrative that celebrates parochialism; nepotism (comparatively high percentage of alumni on faculty)

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is my opinion that the college will be faced with the decision of sustaining a national reputation, or becoming a regional sectarian institution. If it chooses the latter, I anticipate a sharp decline in enrollment and an curriculum that is less and less relevant to the future course of development in this country.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stayed too long.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you can work with the students, you are so lucky. This school attracts truly wonderful souls for an education.

    Excellent colleagues - a lot of really smart people work here and I miss working with them.

    ConsThe administration is just plain odd and very insular. Communication is weird; a lot of management is fear-based. If you didn't graduate from here, you will not be able to advance and if you are quirky, you'll be bullied and/or eliminated. Top talent is expected to work non-stop and for below-scale pay. One person is running 3 departments, so the college is saving a lot of money by not hiring 2 professionals. They do not have a cash flow problem, so this stinginess is puzzling. The cost to top-performers is high in terms of health issues.

    They are very slow to adopt new ideas, like distance learning, which will have serious consequences in the long run.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the stranger feel welcome, embrace diversity, keep the heritage thing going, but be open to new people and ideas. Do not allow managers to bully employees - if 2 people have complained on quite separate occasions about someone, take it to heart and discipline/discharge those who abuse power.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to work, but limited opportunities for advancement in staff roles.

    Office Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    ProsCulture of learning and the students are intelligent and youthful.

    ConsLimited opportunities for advancement in staff roles.

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    Great Student Experience

    Academic Assistant (Former Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    ProsWonderful faculty and staff
    Awesome environment to be around - brilliant minds and an open atmosphere

    ConsNot the best pay or benefits and my experience was somewhat vague about what lay in the future.
    The student body seems to be allowed to start campaigns for the most mundane of issues. Somewhat sad to see a lackluster social environment and overlooking of larger issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStandardize more! Way to much of what is done is too ad-hoc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, an amazing and wonderfully enriching experience, about which I cannot say enough positive things.

    Student Worker (Former Employee)
    Northfield, MN

    ProsAwesome colleagues, interesting work, and I felt like I was an important part of something bigger than myself. (Bigger than myself and worthwhile.)

    ConsNot having enough time to do all the things you want to do; sometimes work was sporadic...it depended on the season.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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