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Vassar College Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, Interesting Research, and genuinely nice people (in 6 reviews)

  • Almost everyone in the Reslife Office is friendly and helpful (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There needs to be more room for growth within the college, less top heavy (in 2 reviews)

  • sometimes called in to work weekends and late night (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Stable, Benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Library Technician
    Current Employee - Library Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vassar College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Health care, CWA Union protection

    Cons

    Below a living wage for the county. Many positions start at only $13.00.


  2. "Post Doctoral Fellow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love working with the student population

    Cons

    Pay is not as high as it should be given cost of living in the area

    Advice to Management

    Make faculty housing more accessible to post docs


  3. "Academic Computing Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly employees and students, beautiful campus, energy and enthusiasm of the student body, use of the facilities (e.g. library, gym, golf course, etc.), tuition benefits for administrators.

    Cons

    Somewhat low salaries and low raises, inconsistency of management appreciation and support, financial difficulties impact building maintenance, repairs, snow removal, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more consistent appreciation and support from the upper level management. Different departments could benefit from working together more often and more efficiently.


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  5. "Research Assistant in Vassar College Physics Department"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Interesting Research, and genuinely nice people

    Cons

    Not the best pay, Being a TA to students who find the subject boring is always a struggle


  6. "Enjoyed my time at Vassar"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vassar College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working atmosphere was enjoyable and gave the opportunity to work amongst smart people who were dedicated to their jobs. Office was comfortable.

    Cons

    It is very hard to make job changes, even lateral. Seems as if a lot of jobs posted are for legal formalities and candidates are already picked in advance. I saw this in other types of jobs, including grounds maintenance.

    Advice to Management

    It can become too political at times.


  7. "Professor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vassar College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are good to work with

    Cons

    Administration is not good to work with


  8. "Pretty chill"

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

    I worked at Vassar College part-time

    Pros

    Laid back athletic office, play basketball and golf during off time, athletics isn't their priority but they do a good job with what they get

    Cons

    Don't get much help from the school

    Advice to Management

    Be more lenient on student athletes applying


  9. "Work/study is necessary for many students"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Academic Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vassar College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working amongst department faculty and staff often means you get offered special opportunities not proffered to the general student body.

    Cons

    If you don't have a flexible position that allows you to choose your own schedule (outside your class schedule, of course), being a student on work/study sometimes means you must miss important or popular campus events if they fall during your shift.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to use down time as study time. It's called a work/study for an important reason. Nearly all students participating in a work/study are receiving a significant amount of financial aid; students receiving financial aid are more likely to be first-generation college students, and first-generation college students often need additional support and resources in order to be successful in their studies. But because these students are required to participate in a work/study, they must also waive 7-10 hours of study time per week, despite the fact that they are the ones most likely to benefit from those hours.


  10. "Par for the course"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent wage, enjoyable job presuming you enjoy the department.

    Cons

    None really, pretty standard position.

    Advice to Management

    Improve timesheets.


  11. "Reslife Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vassar College part-time

    Pros

    Almost everyone in the Reslife Office is friendly and helpful. With the exception of the times right before or after a break, the office is pretty calm.

    Cons

    The office can get really hectic and a little overwhelming. Students and their parents can be extremely rude on the phone.

    Advice to Management

    May try harder to make sure that students are informed or reslife policies and give notice when there have been any changes.



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