St. Olaf Reviews

Updated May 5, 2014
Updated May 5, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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    Undergraduate student at St. Olaf

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Northfield, MN
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Northfield, MN

    I have been working at St. Olaf part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible and reasonable pay for a student.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Advancement Services Assistant - Student Work

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    Current Employee - Advancement Services in Northfield, MN
    Current Employee - Advancement Services in Northfield, MN

    I have been working at St. Olaf part-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    the work can get a little monotonous

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    Telecommunication Operator

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    Former Employee - Telecommunications Operator in Northfield, MN
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Operator in Northfield, MN

    I worked at St. Olaf part-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Good people, good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Decent student-work position

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    Former Employee - Sociology & Anthropology Student Office Worker in Northfield, MN
    Former Employee - Sociology & Anthropology Student Office Worker in Northfield, MN

    I worked at St. Olaf part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots 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.

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

    Emphasize teaching office and professional skills to student workers

    Recommends
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    Great

    Former Employee - Desk Receptionist in Northfield, MN
    Former Employee - Desk Receptionist in Northfield, MN

    I worked at St. Olaf part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, Nice people

    Cons

    None, Nada, Nil, Zero, (Blank)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what was promised

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    Current Employee - Professor in Northfield, MN
    Current Employee - Professor in Northfield, MN

    I have been working at St. Olaf full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    An 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stayed too long.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Olaf full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A great place to work, but limited opportunities for advancement in staff roles.

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    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Northfield, MN
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Northfield, MN

    I worked at St. Olaf full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture of learning and the students are intelligent and youthful.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement in staff roles.

  10.  

    Great Student Experience

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    Former Employee - Academic Assistant in Northfield, MN
    Former Employee - Academic Assistant in Northfield, MN

    I worked at St. Olaf part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Standardize more! Way to much of what is done is too ad-hoc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Northfield, MN
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Northfield, MN

    I worked at St. Olaf full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not having enough time to do all the things you want to do; sometimes work was sporadic...it depended on the season.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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