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Vassar College Reviews

Updated January 4, 2015
Updated January 4, 2015
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    IT Division of US is a good place to grow

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at Vassar College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the camaraderie of many of the Staff, Faculty and students. There was a sense of achievement when projects were completed and that success was enjoyed throughout the team.

    Cons

    At the time of my employment, the CIO was not one I admired. Many of the behaviors he portrayed were uncomfortable and I found some of his decisions to be less than appreciated by the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replacing bad people was a great start. Offering early retirement to good people however, will leave a brain drain on transferred knowledge.
    The IT Department, especially user services was particularly overlooked on workload balancing and appreciation.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Cog in an un-oiled machine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vassar College

    Pros

    salary was decently fair, given unpaid vacation time

    Cons

    required to perform unimportant tasks that made the work tedious and unfulfilling

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Opportunity for professional growth and development within a unique setting--overly complicated systems.

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    Former Employee - Athletic Trainer, ATC in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Athletic Trainer, ATC in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at Vassar College full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Access to multiple facilities for professional and personal usage. Beautiful campus, in a natural setting, with great architecture. Most of the faculty/staff/administration are very approachable, friendly and helpful--especially those who have been around for several years. Vassar is a small enough campus to where you can network with several departments, ultimately increasing corroboration in efforts to improve overall efficiency.

    It has been brought to the attention of leadership and tenured administration that changes are necessary for progress, thus VC is on the brink of being able to accomplish some great things--if action is taken and seized, not simply putting "things" in place.

    While certainly an affluent student demographic at large, the student-athlete population are an excellent bunch. These young sirs and madam's are top quality individuals who have an intelligentsia-first focus. VC is truly supportive of the term STUDENT-Athlete, and that remains a guiding philosophy/practice on this campus.

    Cons

    The dept. rarely took initiative to improve culture. Once or twice a year dept. meetings will not do anything to improve morale, they simply serve to keep everyone "in the know" at a base minimum. Employees are afraid to speak up, on the whole, and don't feel that they are heard or understood. Employees are unable to complete year-end reviews of management and leadership--it is a classic trickle down setting here. Departmental operations are very rigid protocols, without much latitude for unapproved spontaneity. It can be difficult to tell sometimes, whether individuals stay because they truly enjoy working here, or rather because of the time they've invested.

    The entire dept. is undergoing change vis-'a-vis leadership and personnel churn. The athletics dept. took steps to initiate a dept. wide assessment & evaluation, yet upon completion, nothing from it was truly enacted for positive change. It does appear to be the case that a limited operating budget greatly impedes the capabilities of the true potential this dept. could attain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve inter-office communications, within the dept. especially.

    Allow for constructive feedback from your "underlings", as they have many great ideas that could improve operations, if given a chance.

    Don't fall prey to the "it's how we've always done things" routine! Allow for creative, non-traditional functionality--it may open your eyes.

    Invite more people to your closed door meetings, you're creating an atmosphere of exclusivity, which will end up ostracizing those around you.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Fun and fulfilling work study job

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    Former Employee - Asian Studies Senior in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Asian Studies Senior in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at Vassar College part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to take ownership of the position and help the Asian Studies Program grow
    Chairperson (rotating position) is generally easy-going and understanding of the total workload of students
    Helping professors related to the Program can expose you to different research fields

    Cons

    Goes without saying, but work can sometimes interfere with other priorities like schoolwork and club activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for a great two years!

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Excellent experience!

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    Current Employee - Collection Management Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Collection Management Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I have been working at Vassar College part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Payment is very decent, and we even got an exhaustive pay rise this year. Thanks to this decent amount of payment, I did not have to wait for my parents to help me financially, even though I only work in Vassar's library part-time.

    Cons

    Sometimes we have to face the lack of materials that are necessary for working. I wonder why this should happen, given that Vassar College is quite affluent financially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had an excellent experience in Vassar. Thanks very much!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  7.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at Vassar College as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Vassar is a great place to work. The atmosphere is casual and everyone is very friendly and supportive. People are helpful and understanding.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything because my experience has been very positive and because going to Vassar transformed my worldview and made me a better person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
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  8.  

    What you expect.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vassar College part-time

    Pros

    Bosses are usually flexible in terms of hours. Decent training for jobs, though not much skills are needed. Financial aid students are guaranteed jobs.

    Cons

    Student jobs are mostly minimum wage (or just above). The application process is tedious and sometimes disorganized.

  9.  

    Good environment, lower than average pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I have been working at Vassar College part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great interviewing process, strong leadership in my department, decent access to resources. Also incredibly flexible schedule to accommodate classes.

    Cons

    Lower than average maximum pay for student workers. Not really anything else to complain about as far as a student job goes.

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  10.  

    Poor Admin. Worker

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    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at Vassar College full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice, the students generally are very hard working and good kids

    Cons

    Very Poor Pay! VERY POOR, and benefits are very expensive, I couldn't afford to get insurance for me and my wife with my pitiful salary.

    Some of the students are used to being spoon-fed and handed everything, and aren't used to hearing no, which isn't the best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great for Student Affairs Professional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vassar College

    Pros

    Room for professional development and personal growth. Work life balance is something the institution strives to create. Great opportunity for collaboration with other departments.

    Cons

    Increase diversity of faculty and administration needed. There needs to be more room for growth within the college, less top heavy.

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