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Updated December 14, 2017
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  • Low pay, disorganized upper management, old buildings (in 13 reviews)

  • Being part-time faculty sometimes feels isolating (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst Position"

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

    I have been working at New School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most departments strive for a work life balance

    Cons

    Even though benefits such as medical and PTO are good, compensation for most staff is below the market value.


  2. "The New School"

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

    I have been working at New School part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility! stress free work environment, friendly staff :)

    Cons

    Only pays $13 an hour =/ Wish it paid $18-$20 an hour

  3. "student assistant"

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    Current Employee - Person in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Person in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New School (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good but not life changing ok

    Cons

    would have liked more variety in stuff to do

    Advice to Management

    student workers should not have to work for Naked Angels---that whole "partnership" is a total waste of time


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Resident Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Resident Advisor
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New School part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free housing, focused on career development, leadership skill development, learning how to work well on a team

    Cons

    Unorganized and unprofessional, unnecessary paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Set clearer divisions between personal and professional


  5. "The New School needs to practice what it preaches"

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

    I have been working at New School full-time

    Pros

    The New School gives employees a lot of time off and great health/retirement/educational benefits.

    Cons

    The university is understaffed, the current staff are overworked, turnover is high, and the systems that are meant to make work life easier often don't work well. The university promotes itself as a social justice oriented institution, and while it succeeds in accomplishing its mission outwardly, it does not practice what it preaches as far as how it functions internally. The majority of the social justice initiatives that happen at the university are run by students, faculty and staff on a volunteer basis, and are grass roots initiatives. There is very little support from the top for these initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of The New School is becoming less and less humanistic, with an emphasis on numbers and data. It focuses more on short term performance and discourages long term learning and growth. The university need to balance the need to balance the budget with the needs of its students, faculty and staff. Additionally, more resources need to be made available for leadership development and diversity training for managers. Managers are often promoted for their technical ability, but they often do not have any idea how to lead, inspire and mentor those they supervise, which has a direct impact on talent retention..


  6. "Office Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New School part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A dedicated community that takes seriously its commitment to employees and students to promote a safe, communal, and scholarly environment.

    Cons

    The cost of living in NYC is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, you inspire me every day!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Beware of this "progressive" institution"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (health, dental, vision, retirement and vacation time)

    Cons

    The New School, while progressive in theory and its outward PR, has shifted towards a corporatized style of management where employees are overworked, under-appreciated, and fearful due to increasing job insecurity. We've watched so many great colleagues (staff AND faculty) disappear, with no transparency, and an expectation that no inquiries into these staff eliminations be made. Those work responsibilities are then piled onto the already overworked remaining staff- without promotion or pay (which is modest and insulting to begin with compared to other institutions). Full-time faculty are also being told their positions are no longer "institutionally needed" and their positions are being eliminated on a large scale.
    The culture of fear and insecurity permeates the environment on all levels.

    Advice to Management

    This is a poisonous, cut-throat, place to work. Re-think your corporate approach to management. Take a look at the amount of "Deans" you have in positions of power- few of whom have ever held academic appointments before.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Academic and Career "Advising""

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

    I have been working at New School full-time

    Pros

    There is some flexibility in schedule.

    Cons

    The pay is horrendous, not at all sustainable for NYC. All I've accomplished since I've been here is sink deeper into debt. Also, the culture is changing toward more of an analytics-driven, customer-service approach, rather than academics and interpersonal relationships (I guess this is now the "old-school" approach). They even have scripted phrases you're supposed to ask each student, and surveys to see if advisors are "following the script." It's all so much ridiculous and unnecessary hand-holding. I feel like I should be holding a sales flyer and pitching a product at the door. If I wanted to work in corporate retail, I would've stayed at my old job.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they're actually worth and what is competitive amongst other institutions.


  9. "Alumni Outreach"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New School part-time

    Pros

    Decent schedule. Realistic expectations for time given.

    Cons

    Kept you at working hours where benefits wouldn’t kick in.

    Advice to Management

    offer all employees some sort of benefits. It’s a privilege for them to work for you. Not them to work for you.


  10. "Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New School part-time

    Pros

    Great community, friendly environment, tasks are not difficult to complete

    Cons

    No real growth or challenges


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