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Kenyon College Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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  1. "student"

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    Former Employee - Student in Weybridge, VT
    Former Employee - Student in Weybridge, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kenyon College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    amazing place. I was a student there but everyone seemed pretty happy to be there.

    Cons

    It can be very small at times, which can be an issue for younger employees.


  2. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Gambier, OH
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Gambier, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits....great community environment. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ladder. Pay is below industry standards...however, not bad for the area.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment that promotes growth.

  3. "Great opportunities, low compensation"

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    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Gambier, OH
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Gambier, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with amazing administrators and staff, fun environment.

    Cons

    Fixed wage for all four years, no option for promotion or increase.

    Advice to Management

    Remove this limitation


  4. "Comfortable lifetime employment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gambier, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gambier, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kenyon College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    strong focus on work/life balance, performance does not affect compensation, security (you'll have the job until you decide to leave or do something grossly incompetent/out of line).

    Cons

    very limited opportunities to advance, strong atmosphere of office politics, performance does not affect compensation

    Advice to Management

    Tie performance to job security and compensation, invest in professional development, seriously re-look your existing managers since many are unqualified/ineffective


  5. "Student Perspective"

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    Current Employee - Math/Physics Systems Administrator in Shoreview, MN
    Current Employee - Math/Physics Systems Administrator in Shoreview, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professors and students make a good environment to work with, many opportunities for students given lack of graduate school.

    Cons

    Isolated location, Kenyon College itself is the main part of town, if you're not a student, many employees live in Columbus, leading to an extended commute time.

    Advice to Management

    Further outreach with nearby town Mt. Vernon is advised, clarity with community about long term "20-20" plan could be increased.


  6. "Admissions is a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Fellow and Tour Guide in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Admissions Fellow and Tour Guide in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kenyon College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, lots of flexibility in terms of when and how much you work. Usually baked goods in the office. Often I had a great time talking to students and parents.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons except that sometimes you just have to work weekend mornings which is not ideal. But the office handles that fairly.


  7. "Helpline"

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    Current Employee - Helpline in Gambier, OH
    Current Employee - Helpline in Gambier, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kenyon College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Probably one of the most fulfilling jobs on campus. You will learn a very important skill set that you cannot get in a classroom at Kenyon. The people are interesting and you will become friends with other helpliners quickly. You get to choose the hours you work which is fantastic. It pays very well too.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve. First 2 months on the job you might feel totally incompetent but after that you will get the hang of it. Roving is not convenient or fun as a first year and will cut into needed time.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a stronger training course. Otherwise helpline is highly functioning and I have nothing but praise for my co-workers.

  8. "It's alright."

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    Current Employee - Student in Mount Vernon, OH
    Current Employee - Student in Mount Vernon, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kenyon College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good food
    -Friendly people
    -Great KAC (Kenyon Athletic Centre)

    Cons

    -Cliquey
    -Too homogeneous (not necessarily in terms of race, but in terms of ambition and interests)

    Advice to Management

    -Please have a better career centre


  9. "Administrative Assistant,-Academic Department"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant - Academic Department in Gambier, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant - Academic Department in Gambier, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kenyon College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Caring, transparent, flexible, generous benefits package, including use of state of the art athletic facility, beautiful, quaint town, sense of community over-all great experience

    Cons

    low pay, not based on experience, but rather on an "everyone starts here" scale. honestly can't think of any more negatives off the top of my head.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to compensate based on experience and quality of work, rather than an across the board method. It will give incentive for better work and provide more quality employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Top-notch students and colleagues plus a beautiful campus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gambier, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gambier, OH
    Recommends

    I worked at Kenyon College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The size of the college makes it easier to get to know a fair number of students and colleagues well. The standards and expectations are high, and it keeps you at your best. The students are bright and heavily involved in campus organizations. The co-curricular life provides excellent opportunities for skill development in leadership, teamwork, creativity, planning, and even some marketing and financial elements. The small classes foster academic responsibility, intellectual development, strong research and writing skills, critical thinking and analysis. It encourages excellence in an environment of friendly competition. Summer science research programs provide opportunities for additional experience that many wouldn't otherwise have until a graduate-level program. There seems to be a general culture among students of 'wanting to make a positive difference' -- not just making money -- upon graduating (though many creatively achieve both in their careers). The alumni/ae of Kenyon have been wonderfully supportive of students with career exploration and networking, both through faculty and the career office.

    Cons

    Along with its wonderful location can come a sense of internal self-sufficiency and disconnectedness that some refer to as the "Kenyon Bubble". Of course, a liberal arts education isn't about training for a career; it's about 'education for life'. While that certainly has merit, it also leads many faculty to have little regard or support for exploring careers and pursuing internships (though there are, of course, a few exceptions). When students see the respected faculty giving careers such little attention, it often becomes a lower priority for the students as well. For those students who haven't been independently proactive with regard to careers, many find themselves graduating without a clear sense of direction and/or without adequate internship preparation.

    Advice to Management

    I think some faculty almost fear the consequences of career exploration at a liberal arts institution, while others may believe it has no place. Ultimately, I believe those concerns have diminishing value for the students and institution. With the fast pace of change in careers, specific career training will quickly become out-dated; a liberal arts education will have lasting value and provides the foundation for ongoing learning and adaptation to changing careers and work environments. Faculty can encourage students to make stronger connections between their academic development and later life (which, for most, includes careers), and this CAN be done during the undergraduate years. It's not about what majors connect to careers (very fluid in most cases), but it's how the academic rigor, the critical thinking, the analysis, the problem-solving, the research and writing skills (etc.) can be of value beyond the classroom. Faculty can -- and should, I believe -- support that exploration and those connections outside the classroom.


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