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Evergreen State College Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • learned a lot about asset tracking, imaging, decommissioning hardware, troubleshooting, Help Desk Support (in 2 reviews)

  • Many opportunities to learn and apply new skills (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • 19 hours per week is the max you can work, and I was only able to get about 6 hours per week at the most (in 3 reviews)

  • In a lead role, I was instructed to let student employees let their job duties slide and showing up late for their shift came without consequences (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Resident Assistant"

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

    Pros

    A really great way to be part of the community. Convenient to live for free on campus too!

    Cons

    Can be demanding, especially with school.


  2. "Custodian"

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    Former Employee - Custodian in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Custodian in Olympia, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Evergreen State College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Super easy. Didn't really do anything.

    Cons

    Management was super disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Don't go on power trips.

  3. "It used to be great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Union protection, students are mostly awesome, great location, low pressure summer quarter, working conditions usually positive

    Cons

    Union protects sub par workers, faculty and students can be problematic and are untouchable, budget cuts are always lurking, administration adrift

    Advice to Management

    Get it together! Needs to be college-wide discussion and planning to move forward. Goals need to be more defined than "survive" and "attract more students at any cost". Enlist both classified and exempt staff as allies, not as problems to be solved or budget items to be crossed off. At least for the moment, there is still a lot of wisdom and institutional knowledge in your staff pool, but at the rate people are leaving, not for long.


  4. "This place is not the real world"

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    Former Employee - CRC Lead
    Former Employee - CRC Lead
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Evergreen State College part-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Ability to get to know your staff many of whom have never held a job before
    Easy access between classes and job

    Cons

    Sides with favoritism behavior. If you don't know the right people for long enough, there is a tendency for bullying and being treated like a criminal.

    There was zero opportunity for management to hear both sides.

    In a lead role, I was instructed to let student employees let their job duties slide and showing up late for their shift came without consequences. In the transition between being a teenager and adult, according to TESC, it was okay to let them remain teenagers.

    Advice to Management

    When people have supervisory roles over student employment positions, they should be able to set those students up for success by making sure they can meet expectations in job roles after their time at Evergreen.

    Make sure you hear both sides when mediating situations.


  5. "Great Place for Adjuncts"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Evergreen State College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Commitment to students and supporting a learning environment.
    Evaluation as opposed to letter grades
    Unionized faculty

    Cons

    The usual self-important professors at any college
    Not a lot of support for summer faculty


  6. "Advancement Division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fundraising for the college and students.

    Cons

    Poor communication and training within the division.
    Lack of leadership and support for other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Needs better leadership and management to run the Advancement division.


  7. "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Olympia, WA

    I worked at Evergreen State College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Focus on intersectionality, interest in process improvement, discussion and attempted implementation of restorative justice. Relatively relaxed environment, willing to make reasonable adjustments.

    Cons

    Not enough support in regards to a work/life balance, much higher work load for RAs in comparison with other universities with no higher compensation. Not a strong enough channel in place to handle complaints or issues with direct oversight.

    Advice to Management

    Rework training and underline expectations with middle management so that the tone is clear. Where there are potential discrepancies- e.g. how to navigate being a liaison between campus police and a largely anti-police student body- be upfront and honest with the potential issues at hand.

  8. "Interior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Interior Design Consultant in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Interior Design Consultant in Olympia, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Evergreen State College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Kinda and caring school administration.

    Cons

    Location is very remote. You must live and die an eco-lifestyle to feel like you belong.


  9. "Fantastic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Evergreen State College full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, room to grow, creative freedom.

    Cons

    Very few. Student employment is by necessity low-paying.


  10. "Student Employee"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Olympia, WA

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

    Pros

    As a student employee, the hours were flexible and it was a convenient place to work. All the people I worked with at the admissions office were great.

    Cons

    19 hours per week is the max you can work, and I was only able to get about 6 hours per week at the most. Most on-campus jobs are minimum wage or only slightly above that.

    Advice to Management

    Consider implementing a $15/hour minimum wage across campus to improve student well-being and campus life.


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