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Bowdoin College Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment with lots of friendly people (in 5 reviews)

  • Overall it is a great place to work (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Nothing bad to say about Bowdoin (in 3 reviews)

  • Rural environment, location can feel like a bubble and be a bit suffocating at times, but other than that, nothing bad to say (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Student job in the activities office was enjoyable"

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    Former Employee - Publicity Intern
    Former Employee - Publicity Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The student activities staff are very fun to spend time with. I really improved my graphic design and photoshop skills while working as a publicity intern there.

    Cons

    To be clear, I was a student employee, so my experience does not reflect a full-time employee's feelings on their pay/co-workers/benefits.


  2. "Great! Love it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bowdoin College part-time

    Pros

    Community, Food, Values, Progressive, Accountable

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now.

  3. "Casual Employee Cost of Living Pay Increase"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    pleasant environment; wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    I have yet to receive even a cost of living increase since working here as a casual employee. While skills and the amount of work we do has increased since starting work here, myself and my co-workers are making less money each year as the cost of living increases. While I am a mature, professional employee, I make about the same as a student here washing dishes as the need for dining service employees was a motivation to increase their pay. Every job I have every had in my long employment history outside the college has given an increase in pay each year, either based on merit or C.O.L. increase, or both.

    Advice to Management

    At the very least, a yearly cost of living increase in the pay of a casual employee would be the ethical thing to do and in line of how an institution of higher learning should operate. It's the right thing to do.


  4. "Happy here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bowdoin College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bowdoin is a small, tight community. There's 900 benefits eligible faculty and staff for only 1,800 students. A lot of folks are benefits eligible who wouldn't be in similar positions at other institutions. Incredible resources given our size

    Cons

    the tight community can feel fairly small at times. a large % of staff went to Bowdoin so sometimes having attended a different school can lead to feeling a bit isolated


  5. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bowdoin College part-time

    Pros

    Bowdoin College has flexible hours which is a plus. But most importantly it has a small and caring community who makes Bowdoin a special place.

    Cons

    Bowdoin College is in a remote area of Maine, meaning that if you don't get along with the community it can be hard to find other people or things to do.


  6. "Great summer job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Maine is beautiful in the summer, and research is fun!

    Cons

    not a lot of cons...


  7. "Student Activities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bowdoin College part-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, great work environment.

    Cons

    There is nothing bad to write about Bowdoin College.

  8. "Bowdoin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bowdoin College full-time

    Pros

    The academic environment is rigorous and supportive.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to report.


  9. "Great environment for student research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bowdoin College full-time

    Pros

    I've done research in professors' labs for the past 3 summers at Bowdoin. The personalized attention you get and the experience you gain is invaluable. These summer gigs can be great preparation for projects during the school year, and you might even end up getting published.

    Cons

    Popular professors' labs tend to fill up early, and the first weeks can be slow as you adjust to each new lab--you generally need to work for multiple summers or during the school year to make real progress on a project.


  10. "Senior Interviewer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brunswick, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brunswick, ME
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    It is a very friendly work environment. You get to do different things every day.

    Cons

    At the beginning of summer the interview schedule is slow, but it picks up around mid-July.


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