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Updated January 19, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Just an awesome happiness that keeps me getting out of bed in the morning!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, friendly people, great benefits, lectures and sporting events to attend, and working with students keeps you young!

    Cons

    Managers refuse to address the long term employees lacking skills even with the technology tools given to improve internal processes.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great growing and learning experience."

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

    Pros

    The student population is terrific to work with, and you cannot pick a more attractive location to work. Senior leadership has great ideas for moving the Colleges forward and working to make the student experience better.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be red tape/politics in Higher Ed that reduces efficiency and slows down potential improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let politics impede progress.

  3. "Great investment of time!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive community, beautiful location, everyone shares in the excitement of working at HWS

    Cons

    biweekly pay system, harsh winters, students have little chance to make more than minimum wage


  4. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (tuition exchange and reimbursement, medical, retirement match, generous vacation and sick time).
    They promote within.
    Strong company values.

    Cons

    Pay is lower due to higher ed status, but benefits weigh out lower pay.


  5. "Excellent colleague, poor athletic management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will work with some of the most dedicated people you can find. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management refuses to mentor and if necessary remove the people holding back forward progress. Very much "old boys club" mentality in athletics. Salary well under average. Very little concern for healthy work/life balance. No effort to retain good people. Very hesitant and resistant to work towards necessary change. Maintaining appearances is the #1 concern. Pushed to promote corporate alliance members rather than best choice.

    Advice to Management

    Mandate ongoing leadership training for people promoted into position of power. Have a better job performance review taking coworker, staff, and athletes into account. Reevaluate salaries compared to other comparable institutions. Implement structures that promote and allow health work/life balance.


  6. "A great job to start off a communications career"

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    Former Employee - Communications in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Communications in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great manager, fun opportunities, great products from the office

    Cons

    Low salary, but it was a start. Sometimes left out of meetings I wanted to me included in.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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

    Pros

    Great sense of community with professional colleagues.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can take time to move ideas into action.

  8. "I worked at hobart and William Smith Colleges for 3 years as a student worker"

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    Current Employee - Front Dest Assistant in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Front Dest Assistant in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with, great work-life balance, get assigned to some good tasks, was a good experience with professional colleagues.

    Cons

    what I did was not totally relevant to my major. Pay is not very high.


  9. "The people here are a little friendly but also are rude at times."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The food there is great and the employees are funny

    Cons

    When your down a couple people and unable to get job done on time


  10. "Student Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Waitress in Stony Point, NY
    Former Employee - Waitress in Stony Point, NY

    I worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (More than a year)

    Pros

    The faculty and staff there are absolutely amazing. They are so supportive of one another and so easily approachable. There really truly is an atmosphere of mutual respect and teamwork.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is very uncomfortable and difficult to approach the Principal. Sometimes she has an attitude that deters people from asking for help or guidance. I was afraid to give her suggestions, as she does not accept constructive criticism well.

    Advice to Management

    I would say that the Principal should absolutely work on being more approachable. She is there to be a support to the staff; everyone should be working together as a team to improve the school and the students' education. It should be running as a well-oiled machine, not teachers who are afraid to speak up if they see an area of improvement.


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