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Updated Sep 13, 2019

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Swarthmore College CEO Valerie Smith
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  • "student jobs have low hourly wages(in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Fine for student workers"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Swarthmore, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swarthmore College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Able to work multiple jobs and get good flexible hours Decent amount of autonomy in scheduling depending on the job

    Cons

    Different jobs have different pay grades for students so some students make less than others for the same hours of work

    Swarthmore College2019-04-18
  2. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Swarthmore, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swarthmore College full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, okay place to work

    Cons

    HR is the worst I have ever experienced

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone in HR and start over.

    Swarthmore College2019-09-13
  3. "fun undergrad experience"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Researcher 

    I have been working at Swarthmore College part-time

    Pros

    learn somewhat; stay on nice campus

    Cons

    a bit underwhelming; not many events

    Swarthmore College2019-07-09
  4. "Swat"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Swarthmore College part-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and nice community

    Cons

    Not the most organized administration

    Swarthmore College2019-06-17
  5. "Alright"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Penn, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swarthmore College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Institution of higher learning-relaxed, and meaningful

    Cons

    Upper management not communicative in general

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more. Pay yourselves less. Be more transparent

    Swarthmore College2019-06-21
  6. "Don’t work at Swarthmore College"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Swarthmore College full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice campus pretty gardens to view.

    Cons

    Not nice place to work...be careful

    Swarthmore College2019-05-18
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swarthmore College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive work environment and fund for research or teaching activities

    Cons

    Libraries are small since this is a liberal arts college although you can get pretty much anything with the interlibrary loan

    Swarthmore College2019-03-07
  8. "Student Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Swarthmore College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Helps pay off work-study, but goes directly to you as opposed to the school

    Cons

    Wage for different types of work is mostly the same while the responsibilities and time investment can vary greatly.

    Swarthmore College2019-02-27
  9. "OSE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Swarthmore College part-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and great coworkers

    Cons

    student jobs have low hourly wages

    Swarthmore College2019-01-09
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Could be truer to their "values""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Swarthmore College full-time

    Pros

    The actual campus is lovely. The facilities are state of the art. The budgets are seemingly endless. There are many excellent and truly dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Processes and procedures are not clean and clear. Human resources seems too political to always be helpful. For a campus with such active students in the world of social justice and activism, you would expect the non-faculty employees to be treated better. Sexism and inequities based on gender run rampant in some departments. People are promoted out of ease, not always based on merit, skills, or experience.... There are many lazy or borderline unethical employees who seem to have immunity. No one really cares about the hard workers being treated fairly. Departments are very isolated from one another and lack of holding department heads to unified standards causes some very subjective requests of employees. Some departments are allowed to spend money on their employees while other departments are given a hard time about it.

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    Advice to Management

    The bottom line is that Swarthmore just needs to get its act together. There is so much potential for Swarthmore to be the best place for students AND employees. Unfortunately, department heads aren't held accountable for anything, a clear process should be in place so that there is a way to eliminate hostile work-place environments or even just dysfunctional or horribly inefficient workplace environments so that... from the lowest paid worker up to the top, people are coming into a place where they feel valued.

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    Swarthmore College2018-09-05
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