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Updated November 21, 2017
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David R. Anderson
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Pros
  • Flexible hours and schedule, plus professional development opportunities to enhance your r (in 5 reviews)

  • The sense of community with other consultants is great (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • I have no cons from the employment experience (in 2 reviews)

  • Resident Life upper staff has an uninformed, disconnected perception of the student body (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "World Language Center Student Worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at St. Olaf part-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to practice communication skills and administrative skills

    Cons

    Nothing really. Sometimes it is tiring because every student has a lot to do.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing perfectly. Everyone enjoys working there!


  2. "The best place to work at St. Olaf College"

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

    I have been working at St. Olaf part-time

    Pros

    Amazing teams, wonderful atmosphere, great working culture, relaxed management

    Cons

    Sometimes can be too chill and relaxed

  3. "Worked a Summer Job in the IT Department"

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

    I worked at St. Olaf full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good hours, allowed me to stay on campus

    Cons

    There was sometimes a shortage of actual work to do


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Academic Administrative Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at St. Olaf part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of perks to working on a college campus - a community dedicated to serving the students, free (or early!) tickets to concerts and plays, and connections with college students.

    Cons

    2016 is the first year all temporary positions are outsourced to a temp. agency. This makes no sense since the agency is not invested in St. Olaf. This also means hiring alumni or others with a connection to St. Olaf is a much more involved process.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the temp. agency and be there to support all staff, whether full-time, permanent, part-time, or temporary.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Politically riven"

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

    Pros

    Students are great, a lot of peers were great.

    Cons

    It's a political nightmare. VPs lie to you, the president overreacts to things. Ignore the star ratings in Glassdoor -- they're generated by students, who are treated pretty well. They could offer me a million dollars and I'd never go back to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Start actually rewarding people who get things done instead of your friends.


  6. "ASC Tutor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at St. Olaf part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and schedule, plus professional development opportunities to enhance your résumé.

    Cons

    Busy work assigned when working at writing desk, long training sessions that sometimes repeat the same information.


  7. "Highly recommend"

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, very helpful. Patrons are also very friendly. Great training to ensure you know what you are doing and how to handle the job.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of. I would have loved to stay as long as possible, but my position only lasted as long as I was a student at St. Olaf.

    Advice to Management

    Management is awesome. Very nice and friendly people, always willing to help. Also very understanding. No advice.

  8. "Peer Educator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    smart people who genuinely care

    Cons

    thing moved slow and the leadership was overbearing at times


  9. "Academic Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Intern Data Analyst in Wausau, WI
    Former Employee - Intern Data Analyst in Wausau, WI
    Recommends

    I worked at St. Olaf (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the supportive environment; the Academic Support Center does all that they can to equip you and lets you teach the material with which you are most comfortable.

    Cons

    I had a hard time with time management while in this position. The management assume that students have more time than they actually do, so try to be more flexible regarding student schedules.

    Advice to Management

    I think that overall you are doing a phenomenal job and are giving a highly useful tutoring service both to the tutors and tutees. I'd just say to give a student liberty to design lesson plans because they know their subject quite intricately!


  10. "Beware of the Culture!"

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

    I worked at St. Olaf full-time

    Pros

    Great Students and an incredible learning atmosphere. Flexible hours and ok benefits. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Very Be cliquish office environment. Those who live in Northfield benefit from this clique, many excellent staff who are new move on quickly. Leadership is not trained properly to meet goals and leads to excessive bullying of staff. Excessive gossip has lead to many departures and a few firings. Beware of this culture!

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the study done in 2011 and really implement the culture changes you set out to do. The students and staff deserve this.


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