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Swarthmore College Reviews

Updated May 16, 2018
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "Great and friendly environment"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "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

  8. "TA"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

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

    Pros

    academically stimulating environment and friendly staff

    Cons

    Hard to say downsides of this job


  9. Helpful (1)

    "High Staff Attrition Indicates Issues with Management and Organizational Structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swarthmore College full-time

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule
    -Kind co-workers
    -Good benefits

    Cons

    -Low morale among staff
    -Frequent staff turn over due to attrition
    -The students can be demanding

    Advice to Management

    Value the well-being of your employees over bureaucracy and boosting one's own ego. Perhaps if employees feel valued as individuals, they will be less likely to leave so rapidly.


  10. "library assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easy to do work

    Cons

    you are doing good. n/a


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