Whitman College Reviews

Updated March 20, 2014
Updated March 20, 2014
9 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good position, more hours needed for some students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whitman College part-time

    Pros

    The community is supportive and has a positive atmosphere that allows a focus on both academics and work. The academic environment is challenging and supportive as well as understanding of other commitments.

    Cons

    It can be difficult for students to find enough work on campus. Often have to find 2-3 part time jobs later on to make enough for costs. Admittedly, the administration doesn't expect full time students to need 20-30 Hour/week jobs. But it can be hard if you are a student who wants to find that on campus.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Services  in  Walla Walla, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Services in Walla Walla, WA

    I have been working at Whitman College as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Community Oriented, strong connections to students and employers. It is a great environment to work in!

    Cons

    It has been great so far, sometimes you would wish it was a little bit bigger but then the College is in a small rural town. It is great place to work nonetheless!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Family orientated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Walla Walla, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA

    I have been working at Whitman College full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits for the area, very good to employees with families, fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Pay is less than what one would make in a larger city. Progress can move quite slowly as this is a fiscally conservative institution (not necessarily a bad thing!).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up communication. Stop holding it all in.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great place to work and learn.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whitman College

    Pros

    Supportive and open environment, relaxed communication with higher-ups.

    Cons

    Walla walla can be isolating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job!

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Good students, bad admin

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whitman College

    Pros

    Excellent professors and students, good work environment

    Cons

    Bad handling by the administration of most issues, in a remote location

  7.  

    Terrible interview experience

    Current Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Walla Walla, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Walla Walla, WA

    I have been working at Whitman College full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is a respected nationally ranked college, but...

    Cons

    I had a conference interview with Whitman College for a tenure track position in one of their social science departments. It was horrible.

  8.  

    Civilized small-town living (if you like that sort of thing)

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  Walla Walla, WA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Walla Walla, WA

    I worked at Whitman College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I was in an office admin position at Whitman, so my experience is with staff relations and not faculty, with whom I did not have a whole lot of professional contact. My department did not have too much in the way of office politics, bickering, or infighting. People tended to stay for a long time.

    Cons

    One definitely overheard the usual stories of professors sleeping with their students, and endured a certain amount of meetings over budgets and the other sort of bureaucratic roadblocks that one expects in higher education administration. Staff and faculty did not seem to interact much at all when I was there, but that may have changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage inter-departmental communication. Isolation is bad!

    Recommends
  9.  

    A good environment for some

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Walla Walla, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA

    I have been working at Whitman College full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Though the college doesn't pay especially well on a national scale, salaries are okay in the local small-town economy, and the benefits are generous. The campus is lovely and there are always performances and cultural experiences available. Many staff members gladly stay at Whitman for decades. If you're a people person, you'll find opportunities to build lasting friendships and working relationships.

    Cons

    The faculty are sacred cows: it can take only a single faculty complaint to derail a project or to ignore best practices.

    The workplace-as-family environment means that business decisions are usually made by consensus or by arbitrary management fiat, not on the basis of outcomes and processes.

    It's a 150-year-old institution staffed by lifers, not an organization that can prioritize effectiveness. If you're used to life in the for-profit world, then this environment may be really demotivating.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Lots of responsibility, no recognition.

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    Current Employee - Admission Officer
    Current Employee - Admission Officer

    I have been working at Whitman College

    Pros

    -Great Benefits
    -Supportive work environment
    -Great summertime hours (we work 8-4 in the summer)
    -Incredible amounts of responsibility and opportunities to grow one's skill set

    Cons

    -Low salary for the level of professionalism expected and for the industry as a whole
    -Difficult to be a young person living in Walla Walla
    -Limited growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take stock in what is important. Do you value having competent, experienced staff? Not everyone derives their job satisfaction from acting in the best interests of the College. For some staff members, it is a job. Recognize talent or you will lose it and not attract more.

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