Williams College Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Office Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Williams College part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Excellent people
    Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Not many downsides
    Location is unique

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Great Work


  2. Great place to work. Great benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    co-workers; setting (beautiful campus); cultural opportunities; Williams College Museum of Art and other surrounding museums. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    small town (but close to Albany and easy to get to NYC or Boston) Not many options for advancement. Salary could be higher.


  3. Socially and Environmentally responsible employer, that offers a very family-friendly work schedule.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Genuinely caring, warm employeer. State of the art EVERYTHING. The student body is nothing short of amazing. Claims are made it is one of the best employers in the Berkshires, and it's for a good reason. It simply is.

    Cons

    Negotiating salary is very challenging, through the hiring and promotion processes. Certain departments throughout the organization have struggled with placing appropriate managers for roles. Management turn-over is high, especially in the Facilities department.

    Advice to Management

    Even though promoting from within is very empowering and can sometimes work well, carefully consider those who bring real managment experience to the table. Good managers seem to be the ones who have recieved very specific managemnt training through years of experience on jobs through great mentoring, but also formal education in the field of managment.


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  5. Interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamstown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamstown, MA

    I have been working at Williams College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, very supportive if you need time off for family issues

    Cons

    Supervisors need to be more consistent in management style for all the employees on their team

    Advice to Management

    Senior staff need to reach out more to the staff and not be so isolated.


  6. There's more work to do here than one can actually get done.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Williamstown, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Williamstown, MA

    I have been working at Williams College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Almost everyone here is extremely intelligent and are interesting to talk to. The students are almost uniformly gifted and most are wonderful people.

    Cons

    There's too much work and too many competing interests. Sometimes it feels like the institution is struggling to define itself. Almost everyone works themselves to exhaustion. Institutional memory concerning how important buildings on campus actually operate has somehow gotten "lost."

    Advice to Management

    The student culture needs to be pulled away from its concentration on drinking. Junior level faculty need an outlet for providing feedback to senior level faculty which


  7. Excellent, inclusive, and informative program run by James McAllister; highly recommend.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Williamstown, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Williamstown, MA

    I worked at Williams College part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small groups and teams with excellent levels of cooperation. Class sessions are highly intensive and information-heavy, demanding involvement from all members of the program.

    Cons

    Odd mix of people admitted to the program sometimes became frustrating and difficult to work with due to varying levels of baseline knowledge.


  8. Great experience as a Chem tutor

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Williamstown, MA
    Current Employee - Tutor in Williamstown, MA

    I have been working at Williams College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are completely flexible (self-determined) and the salary is better than most campus jobs. Incentives to tutor many students, as the pay rate increases when that is done.

    Cons

    There are no real cons to this job. A select few students are harder to help than others; it's obvious that they don't do any homework/studying on their own, so the task of helping them becomes more arduous. You end up assuming they understand absolutely nothing about the topic at hand --including prerequisite information-- which slows the process down completely (once in a while to a painful degree). This can make the job boring.

    Advice to Management

    Your doing a GREAT job.


  9. Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams College

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    More often than not, ranked the top college in America. You often feel that it is truly justified. Opportunities after graduation are great, awesome people, fun athletics if you are not D1 caliber. Entry system is great - it is hard to not make friends.

    Cons

    TONS of work. Williamstown is small as is the school - so the party scene is quiet. You can still find crappy professors. Facilities (dorms and athletic complexes) are dated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  10. I have had a very positive experience as a micro Econ tutor

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    Former Employee - Economics Tutor in Williamstown, MA
    Former Employee - Economics Tutor in Williamstown, MA

    I worked at Williams College part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hours are entirely self-determined
    Salary is generous in comparison to other student salaries
    Employers really like this particular credential
    You reinforce your own Econ skills while helping to develop them in others

    Cons

    Some students require more patience then others
    Often people submit tutoring requests only when they are in dire need
    Logging hours, going through administrative training can be a drag

    Advice to Management

    Take care of a larger administrative part so that tutors can focus entirely on tutoring


  11. very supportive environment

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    Current Employee - Undergrad Research in Williamstown, MA
    Current Employee - Undergrad Research in Williamstown, MA

    I have been working at Williams College part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - one on one professor interactions
    - lab immersion in research jobs
    - opportunity to do research as a work study job if extra money is needed
    The job of a research assistant is pretty flexible. I am never pressured to put in extra hours and my PI is very supportive of my ideas as well.

    Cons

    Some people complain that the TA jobs are low wage since many times, students who need tutoring may stay over past shift time. Don't get any type of raise over undergrad career.



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