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Swarthmore College Reviews

Updated September 5, 2018
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  • "Staff are mostly overlooked by administration and faculty" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swarthmore College part-time

    Pros

    Supportive community and a wonderful place to work

    Cons

    Off-campus area isn't especially interesting


  2. "Could be truer to their "values""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

    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.

  3. "Great Job for Students"

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    Former Employee - Cornell Library Student Assistant
    Former Employee - Cornell Library Student Assistant
    Recommends

    I worked at Swarthmore College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -flexible schedule
    -low stress environment
    -able to study and do work while manning the front desk

    Cons

    -depending on the shift, library can get a little hectic
    -sometimes the person who is supposed to relieve you by working the next shift may be late or forget


  4. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swarthmore College full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated professors and students, enriching courses, pushes you to be your best.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult to maintain at times.


  5. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Swarthmore, PA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Swarthmore, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Swarthmore College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent and caring colleagues, great work atmosphere

    Cons

    No real downsides to the job itself, but Swarthmore is a bit of small town.


  6. "a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great community of students/alumni, faculty, staff.

    Cons

    programming with students can be difficult because we are a small school


  7. "be careful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swarthmore College full-time

    Pros

    Working at a college provides good benefits. There is also a nice amount of paid time off and the programs are good.

    Cons

    There is a huge turnover rate which has a negative impact on the college culture. Also, can be a toxic work environment where people only look out for their best interest.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retention

  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swarthmore College part-time

    Pros

    Get to set your own schedule

    Cons

    low hourly rate but can submit any hours you want.


  9. "McCabe Librarian"

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

    I have been working at Swarthmore College part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, easy, educational, entertaining, snacks

    Cons

    Short shifts, dusty books, occasional manual labor, broken hot water machine

    Advice to Management

    None, everything's great


  10. "Great and friendly environment"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swarthmore College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The community is very welcoming.

    Cons

    Not sure how raises work and at what rate.


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