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Updated July 16, 2018
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  • "Unlike Part-Time Faculty which rights are protected by their union; Full-time faculty is at the mercy of the higher administration" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Low pay, disorganized upper management, old buildings" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great university to work at"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Worker At ISS in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Worker At ISS in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New School part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The management is professional and cares about their employee well being. Adequate training is provided prior to starting your job. Overall I've had great experience working there.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Student Assistant II"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant II in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student Assistant II in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New School part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great people. Friends that I'll talk to for probably the rest of my life
    Flexible hours
    Very chill duties for student workers
    Pretty good wage for a part-time
    The School stands for great values

    Cons

    Disorganized operations
    Not sure if administrators follow school values
    As a student worker, I was treated well, but I saw great employees overworked and undercompensated. I've seen people let go without good reason, only driving the institution further into the ground. Only the highest administrators have room for significant raises and promotions, while the rest of the staff seem to be struggling to make enough. The environment seems to be increasingly unhealthy.

    Advice to Management

    I hope that the New School can start treating staff more fairly and give them the rewards that they deserve. This will improve morale and the quality of work.

  3. "Student Worker"

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

    I worked at New School part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing work environment created and enhanced by great supervisors. I've never felt so valued at my job as I did here.

    Cons

    Unfair pay scale, oftentimes new people with no knowledge or experience in the position will get paid more than others that have been there for longer and actually know how to do their job. Compensation should be commensurate with the employee's relevant experience .

    Advice to Management

    Direct management is great but the higher ups need to uphold the school's progressive tradition by respecting the unions and give fair contracts as demanded.


  4. "Student Counselor"

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

    I worked at New School full-time

    Pros

    amazing benefits, great environment, and culture

    Cons

    modest compensation, routine, varying degrees of opportunity for a career advancement.


  5. "Need to support your student-workers"

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

    I worked at New School part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours at times

    Cons

    The administration apparently hates students workers

    Advice to Management

    recognize the union


  6. Helpful (1)

    "No."

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    Current Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vacation time, benefits, such as health insurance and tuition remission. Great group of people.

    Cons

    Lack of procedure and standardization and simultaneous culture of micromanagement. Overreliance on support staff in the absence of appropriate compensation. Rampant disregard of labor laws, which is generally accepted across the board. Pseudo-progressive facade in an institution with severe problems associated with racial and gender relations. Poor communication, generally.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers and employees--and not just by having them complete modules. Hire appropriate staff for departmental needs.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A great institution that feels like it's changing for the worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, the New School is full of bright, creative, interesting people, and employment here offers some great perqs like tuition waivers, contributions to your pension, four-day summer workweeks, and generous vacation time. However, the spirit of the "old" New School is disappearing in favor of a more corporate approach and I think the institution is a bit adrift.

    Cons

    Heavily tuition-driven institution with a relatively small endowment means the fiscal strength of the organization fluctuates with enrollment levels. Pay is less than at competing universities, and the near-constant threat of budget cuts and austerity measures mean job security is not a given.

    The opportunities for career advancement vary depending on which division / college you're in, but in general they aren't great. You hit the ceiling pretty fast and raises are not reliably tied to performance reviews, so you may get a 1-2% bump every year or so, or not.

    The New School, a place which used to be full of brilliant people who weren't necessarily career academics, but who had real-world experience and credibility, is changing to a more credential-driven environment making it more like every other institution of higher learning. But given it's shaky finances and lack of a cohesive identity (far more people know of Parsons, a part of the The New School, then know of The New School itself), TNS can't compete with other universities and therefore there is more turnover and employee dissatisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the progressive spirit of The New School, not just with headline-grabbing but ultimately superficial public panels and discussions, but by embracing the intellectual diversity and dynamism of the institution's rich history as an alternative to the higher ed status quo.

  8. "Undervalued Receptionist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New School part-time

    Pros

    Convenient and flexible. It's a nice job to have as a freshman.

    Cons

    Undervalued the work of this position, low chance for growth, and cliquey work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Value the time and effort of full-time students doing part-time work


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great cause imperfectly executed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If social justice is a cause you hold dear, to the extent the University walks it not just talks it, one feels a contributor. Health insurance has great coverage, vacation is typical for a nonprofit (22 days plus 4 personal days). Workload can be onerous during peak periods, but it's offset by less-pressured ones. Great educational opportunities, smart students most of whom share social justice values.

    Cons

    Two organizational cultures co-exist: reporting within a school is work in a different galaxy (academia) from working for the centralized administrative departments (power feifdoms with high turnover). Everything is underfunded in a private, tuition-driven institution with no medical, law, engineering, hard science, or graduate business school to generate high-earning, high-giving alumni. Institutional racism just as hard to ferret out here as anywhere. Systems feel cumbersome and slow to anyone who's worked for corporate or high tech sectors.

    Advice to Management

    Management is top heavy, staff is micromanaged with nonproductive time-sucking meetings. Trustees need to hire a president who can do the job of raising money.


  10. "Tough place to be a grad student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New School part-time

    Pros

    Innovative thinkers leading the curriculum.

    Cons

    You barely scrape by cobbling together positions.


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