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Parsons the New School for Design Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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  1. "Great community"

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    Former Employee - Student Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student Technician in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Parsons the New School for Design part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - work with extraordinary co-workers who are creative and friendly, often experts in many different and interesting fields of art and design.
    - learn about lots of different making processes and students' projects.
    - have access to state-of-the-art equipment that are pushing the boundaries of computer-aided design and making.

    Cons

    - higher-up administration does not listen to support staff/technicians in the shops
    - an over-investment into purchasing new equipment and not enough budget for hiring means that shops are often understaffed, resulting in fatigue for technicians.
    - Understaffed which also leads to concerns for shop safety and maintenance.
    - I witnessed extremely low pay for part-time technicians , with no benefits, considering the risky/exhausting nature of some of the shops.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your support team in the making shops to understand better how to increase quality of life for all CURRENT students, faculty and staff, as opposed to just focusing on recruiting prospective students.


  2. "Mostly good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Parsons the New School for Design part-time

    Pros

    Great students and location to work in

    Cons

    Too many part time faculty, difficult to progress

  3. "Great on campus employment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity for additional income

    Cons

    Sometimes it could be exhaustive, but totally worth it.


  4. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Parsons the New School for Design (More than a year)

    Pros

    Happy to work in this school.

    Cons

    Low pay for a lot of work


  5. "Currently in Flux"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Parsons the New School for Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally accepting atmosphere, some truly amazing people. You're always surrounded by creativity and a great energy. It's relatively easy to be promoted within the organization.

    Cons

    There's a lot of turnover, and policies and processes aren't clear. It can be a very frustrating environment to try to accomplish goals in. Leadership within admin rarely has clear communication. It's kind of like trying to clean up a swamp.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your policies and procedures, and then train your people on them. Getting angry at them when things go wrong isn't helpful, because there wasn't any base training to begin with.


  6. "Adjunct Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are some really good students. Salary is competitive.

    Cons

    Politics are out of control. Union is not helpful. Nobody cares about adjunct faculty members, especially, you are not "Annual."

    Advice to Management

    The New School Management should look at the hiring process cautiously at Parsons. Poor communication between the weak leadership to faculty members.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Method for Letting Go of Employee"

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    Former Employee - Part-Time Lecturer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Part-Time Lecturer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Parsons the New School for Design (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vibrant community of students working on exciting new projects. Smart, creative students. Great Manhattan location. Adobe Creative Cloud access.

    Cons

    Some of the classrooms on D12 are terribly setup: lumpy carpets on which people trip, bad chairs that don’t encourage laptop use, poorly set-up screen systems, partially-constructed walls that lets too much noise into the classroom.

    As an adjunct, not much is expected from management. However, an explanation, at the least, for why someone is let go after 3 years of teaching service is simply professional.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your adjunct nation with dignity and respect.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Professor"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Parsons the New School for Design part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to design your own curriculum, students are eager

    Cons

    No bigger academic conversation within department (taught in Design Management), no mentorship, guidance. Students are eager, but not A+ top notch students compared to other design universities. Hard to teach students who are distracted, not trained in how to study etc

    Advice to Management

    More community for professors


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Adjunct Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Freedom
    -Small classroom size
    -Meets once a week

    Cons

    -No resources
    -No guidance
    -Only pay per hour in classroom, no pay for prep time


  10. "diverse hardworking student body, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Parsons the New School for Design part-time

    Pros

    Great resources and benefits for part-time faculty

    Cons

    Someone disconnected from the greater happenings of the university.


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