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Pitzer College Reviews

Updated January 9, 2017
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  1. "Admissions Counselor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Fellow in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Admissions Fellow in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Environment, Friends, Travel and amazing co-workers

    Cons

    None that come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Nope


  2. "Endless Summer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pitzer College full-time

    Pros

    Great Weather, bright students. good benefits and food in the dining halls. A small town vibe (if you like that sort of thing) and excellent facilities as might be expected from the high tuitions.

    Cons

    Middle of nowhere, overprivileged students, outrageous housing prices for living in town. A consortium of tiny colleges does no make a university.


  3. "College experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - College Student in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - College Student in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -great classes
    -flexible professors
    -beautiful campus

    Cons

    -activist students, and the student senate are awful.

    Advice to Management

    nothing much


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  5. "Pitzer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Claremont, CA

    I have been working at Pitzer College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexibility, nice people, easy, lots of breaks, good communication

    Cons

    borring at times, grunt work, answering phones, giving directions to people, low pay


  6. ""The Pit" Cafe Cook/Expo Cook/Prep Cook (McConnel Hall)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Expo Cook/Prep Cook in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Expo Cook/Prep Cook in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pitzer College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to know executive management for the school on a first-name basis.
    Very respectful to all staff; regardless of education level and financial status.
    I loved being rewarded for being "green"; they added $1.50/day for each day that I rode a bike, carpooled, took a bus or got dropped off at work. Very cool!
    I felt I received good mentoring from Executive Chef, Dennis Lofland and GM Michael Becuet; I would work for them anytime, anywhere.
    Good benefits...but when you make $10/hour and change, I lose almost half of my pay to benefits. :^/
    Great Food. Free meals.
    I was given the responsibility of overseeing the Work-Study participants. It was great seeing these students get a culinary education...man can they eat!

    I liked how our kitchen competed against the other 5 campuses to win over students from other schools which means more revenue for the winning campus. We out performed the other schools often, but only upper management realized a bonus for that.

    Cons

    Low Pay: Starting Pay ranges between $10.06 and $10.50...even if you have 8 years of experience. NOT COOL. That's what they were paying Culinary School Grads back in 2001!!!

    If they paid 100% of the benefits...I'd be more willing to take less $, but as it stood, I was paying out $175 per paycheck for benefits for a family of 4.

    Slow Promotion Path: It takes about 6-10 years to get a serious promotion.

    Some BS Politics. Long-term employees and women are prioritized. That's just what I've observed...I once saw an arguement between a male co-worker and a female co-worker; the chef told the man, "...do you want to be right, or do you want to keep your job?"
    That made me wanna go...."hmmmm."

    Advice to Management

    No kitchen politics.
    Please offer a higher starting wage to experienced staff.
    Consider offering a bonus or profit-sharing to the team.
    Consider 100% paid benefits for at least spouses and one child. You have staff that have been loyal for over 20 years and its tough for them. so hard must it be for new people?


  7. "Okay Place to Work for Work Study"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pitzer College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours,
    Kind people,
    Good Environment.

    Cons

    Workplace politics,
    How skewed the payscale is between workers (EG the President who makes more than most wealthy tech company CEOs and gets a free farewell tour on the school's dollar and the lowest service workers who caring loyal people),
    The wide gap between the values of the college and how they treat some workers!

    Advice to Management

    Treat service workers better and cut the pay for higher up Professors and the President.
    Provide better work study jobs. Provide a better budget for more research assistant positions.


  8. "Writing Instructor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writing Instructor/Tutor in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Writing Instructor/Tutor in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pitzer College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic students and autonomy to present lessons creatively.

    Cons

    Short-term employment. Aquiring full-time status is challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to bring a collaborative interdisciplinary emphasis to the programming.


  9. "Resident Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Claremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pitzer College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate staff and students who are all incredibly hard workers. Every individual I encounter is on a mission to make a positive impact on the greater community.

    Cons

    Not enough resources to support staff, which has lead to overworking and ultimately a high turnover rate. Many staff appear to be demoralized and floundering in work; not because of their capability to complete it, but because of the sheer lack of resources and insufficient staff that should be at their disposal.

    Advice to Management

    Push even harder to encourage administration to reallocate resources in order to create a healthy workload for Pitzer College staff. This will substantially increase productivity, leading to more satisfied students and parents, which produces greater opportunity for parent and alumni donations as well as better word-of-mouth marketing for the school. (I'm even disregarding other clear benefits such as aligning with the school's values and creating happier employees)


  10. "A good place to work but if you are ambitious you would soon grow out of it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pitzer College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy to maintain work life balance, generous perks/benefits.

    Cons

    Below market rate salary, lots of inefficiencies, leadership issues.

    Advice to Management

    Assuming compensation and benefits are more or less frozen, making things more transparent would help.


  11. "There were good times and bad times, but overall it was a good learning experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great, including carpool incentives, tuition remission, medical, dental, vision, etc. There is a sense of community here.

    Cons

    Pay for service positions is low. The typical political games. It is very difficult to advance your career here, though it can be done.


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