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  1. 5.0
    Former Contractor

    Fun, depends on professor

    Jul 7, 2021 - Graduate Teaching Assistant 
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    Pros

    Enjoyed the professor I assisted, flexible hours

    Cons

    Low pay, not as fulfilling a role when virtual

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Toxic

    Apr 22, 2021 - Technician in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Students and facilities are great

    Cons

    Administration and politics are toxic. No support on what is already a skeleton team. Lack of respect for expertise and low pay for the amount of responsibilities held.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee

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    Dec 20, 2020 - Counselor in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Good environment and benefits. Supportive, creative coworkers.

    Cons

    Low pay, high turn over.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Student assistant

    Jun 21, 2019 - Student Assistant 
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    Pros

    good for working part time

    Cons

    I think the pay is low. It should match the living standard of New York

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great community

    Aug 14, 2017 - Student Technician in New York, NY
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    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.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great!

    Dec 3, 2016 - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Happy to work in this school.

    Cons

    Low pay for a lot of work

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Assistant Professor

    Aug 16, 2015 - Teacher Assistant in New York, NY
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    Pros

    - Great space to interact with students - Professors are good

    Cons

    - Pay is low and hours are little, but it is OK for the student life

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  9. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Passionate staff, always changing, but HIGHLY disorganized

    Jul 24, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Pros

    1. Excellent benefits--as of 2012, f/t admin staff received 22 vacation days, unlimited sick days, plus several personal days and floating holidays. Clerical staff are unionized under Teamsters, so it is great that those staff members are protected and granted good benefits. Also, tuition waivers, solid health, vision, dental, life insurance, 401K, etc. 2. Flexible--of course, each department is differently run, but overall, the institution understands the need for flexibility for its workers. 3. Robust HR departmetn--like anywhere else, the HR department isn't *really* there to protect workers rights but, rather, to protect the institution, but the New School HR dept has a fantastic staff of highly trained, dedicated, helpfu professionasl. They offer numerous trainings throughout the year open to all staff and faculty, including trainings for new managers, "managing up," and many other topics dealing with common but challenging workplace issues. 4. Always changing--this is sort of a con, as well, but it is nice that it never gets boring because you don't know what small or large change is coming next at the school. 5. ENGAGED STUDENTS--The students at New School/Parsons are incredible. They truly are trying to make the world a better place; this is part of the mission of the school and is true for so many students there. From on-campus and off- protests, sit-ins, and other activism, it reminds you that you are working for something important, rather than just a money machine (which the school is NOT!).

    Cons

    1. HIGHLY DISORGANIZED--I can't stress enough how much of a mess the place is! With all its drastic name and organizational changes over the last decade, the school barely knows who it is itself. Departments are constantly being reorganized, and usually without the input of the experts in that particular field. Certain upper administrators make decisions about how to combine, change, or eliminate certain offices and departments, and it has been to the detriment of the school and to student experience in many cases. 2. Pay is low--This drastically varies from one department to the next, but overall, the pay is very, very low. There was a salaray freeze from about 2009-2012, and is probably still going on, so no one was getting the generous 3% raise we usually got. 3. Take it too personal--Many "strong personalities" have great influence just because they've either been there a long time or have the right element of pushiness, and if you can't push back, you won't get the things you ask for. Many of these "strong personalities" take these too personally, and I found it often difficult to deal with bosses who could not leave their personal baggage at home every day; it often influenced their work relationships and decisions.

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