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Gustavus Adolphus College Reviews

Updated May 17, 2019

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3.7
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66%
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81%
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Rebecca M. Bergman
20 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent work environment and relationship with immediate managers(in 4 reviews)

  • "(in 2 reviews)

Cons
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  • "Low pay and terrible health insurance(in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Fun Problem Solving Job"

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    Former Employee - Shop Technician in Saint Peter, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gustavus Adolphus College part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work and jobs are fun, variety of different problems to solve and projects to do

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours, student employment, low pay

    Advice to Management

    More formal training

    Gustavus Adolphus College2019-05-18
  2. "Not a great place to work"

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

    I worked at Gustavus Adolphus College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Students for the most part are great to work with and assist.

    Cons

    VPs are out of touch with what can be accomplished, poor benefits, no advancement opportunities, treat you horribly if you even think about trying to advance your career or leave.

    Advice to Management

    Start to listen to your staff. Get some policies and procedures and communicate them to ALL employees. Get some staff in HR that actually know what they are doing and stop turning a blind eye.

    Gustavus Adolphus College2019-04-30
  3. "Pretty great employer"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Gustavus Adolphus College part-time

      Pros

      The faculty and staff are very kind and welcoming.

      Cons

      Location is rough, and winters are rougher.

      Gustavus Adolphus College2019-03-06
    • "Amazing Place to Work!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Strong community environment, wonderful co-workers, work focused on the "greater good" and many employee perks.

      Cons

      Honestly, none come to mind.

      Gustavus Adolphus College2019-03-04
    • "Inequities abond"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Gustavus Adolphus College full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Strong community feel if you're in the in crowd. Opportunity to work hard and grow. Being surrounded by staff, faculty, and students who work very hard.

      Cons

      No pay scale for administrators which means there's no way to ensure pay equity. Pay is far less than other higher education institutions in the area. Measures in place to protect students from real life consequences which perpetuate privilege. Severely lacking in policies and procedures which again leads to inequity in decision making and practice.

      Advice to Management

      Practice greater communication and transparency. Deepen commitment to diversity.

      Gustavus Adolphus College2019-02-24
    • "A fine place to work part-time"

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      Current Employee - Instructor, College Or University in Saint Peter, MN
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Gustavus Adolphus College part-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      People are engaging and students eager to learn.

      Cons

      Salaries are low compared to similar institutions

      Advice to Management

      Invest on employees' salaries

      Gustavus Adolphus College2019-01-25
    • "Prestigious institution with benefits and challenges"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Gustavus Adolphus College full-time

      Pros

      People are kind and helpful. The network of professionals the institution are connected to are are powerful resource.

      Cons

      Lack of diversity in administrative positions (age, gender, and racial). New ideas or suggestions take a long time to process due to need of getting approval from various committees or departments. Some departments do not get sufficient support from the college.

      Advice to Management

      Empower employees by giving them more opportunities to make decisions within their department without having to go through a timely process. It will allow for more creativity to be drawn to departments and progress them forward quicker. Provide additional support to departments financially so they are able to move forward with ideas.

      Gustavus Adolphus College2018-11-14
    • "It Ain't What it Used to Be"

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

      I have been working at Gustavus Adolphus College full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Ok level of benefits - the lowest embedded deductible health insurance plan is $2,500, the next is $3,250K, and the last one is $5,000 for individual deductibles. currently the HR website doesn't list the vision and dental option (employee & employer paid for) but I am assuming it will as we move into open enrollment. The faculty and college staff are generally friendly and mostly helpful. The college has a fairly...

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      Cons

      Not a lot of camaraderie or feeling of community anymore due to lots of turn over and constant budget cuts, no raises (the average 3% meant some people got 5% and most got less than 2%), and shrinking benifits. Adminstration has had a lot of turn over and really have no idea about what it takes to do our jobs and still do all the 'extra' work they keep dreaming up. Every new administrator wants to change the policies,...

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      Advice to Management

      1. Get a clue - we can't serve students, keep everything in picture perfect order, meet every deadline, serve on all the committees, and wade through an endless stream of forms and meeting without some help. 2. Stop hiring more and more VP and Associate Provosts every year while cutting staff and faculty positions. Or else stop telling students that they can and should expect top notch service from faculty and staff...

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      Gustavus Adolphus College2018-10-03
    • "Area coordinator"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Gustavus Adolphus College

        Pros

        Meal plan was the best part

        Cons

        Time away policy was the worst oarty

        Gustavus Adolphus College2018-09-11
      • "Great Place to Work"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends

        I worked at Gustavus Adolphus College

        Pros

        Friendly atmosphere and wonderful people!

        Cons

        Nothing super negative that is worth while

        Gustavus Adolphus College2018-07-31
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