Overall a good place to work, good benefits, numerous perks, with club or department sponsored socials about twice a month
Pros: department or student sponsored social twice a month, info to community events
Cons: employee parking, tuition reimbursement
My job was sort of cyclical, with definite peak times of high activity and stressful situations. For the most part, the cycle dictated the flow, which made it easy to plan for these situations and make them less stressful. The most activity occurred on an application deadline date and a few days after, interview release dates and final decision dates. I oversaw the application process and served as the contact person for all things application related, technical and/or material related. As it pertains to my duties, a typical day would start by me finalizing the daily visit schedule as well as student volunteers and making sure that the appropriate materials were available. During the interview phase, this list also included interviewees, which required cross referenced lists. After which, I would check a departmental email account and forward to the responsible party as well as answer those that related to my duties(ongoing throughout day as well as phone messages). This was usually followed by a mail run resulting in the uploading and attaching of any received documents that were related to applications identified as current applicants. Once an application is deemed complete, I would electronically assign the application to a member of the admissions committee to evaluate, once evaluated, results would be entered, this process would repeat at least 2 more times(sometimes more), and holds true for all duties depending on where we are in the cycle.
The thing I learned most, is all people are typically the same, no matter nationality, ethnicity, gender, or social upbringing. – more... Everyone wants to feel that they are being heard and treated with respect, which is something that I think my most recent employer got away from. When I first started there as a temporary employee in 2003 it was a all hands on deck, all inclusive, all informed environment, temps were welcome to participate in activities and functions as if they were permanent employees, in my opinion, this environment has gradually changed, I see it as a breakdown in communications especially over the last 4-6 years, which leads me to my co-workers.
Overall my co-workers and colleagues were great! Over the last several years, my most recent employer has gone through several technology updates. During this transition, unfortunately two members of my team, have passed and were not replaced, they were people that I interacted with outside of the job and considered close friends, they mentored me during my temporary assignments and encouraged me to pursue the permanent position, needless to say I miss them.
There really wasn't a hard part to my job. The thing I disliked the most, was everyone getting uptight, frantic or edgy on deadline dates especially final decisions (as it relates to the cycle described above) even though we go through it three times per calendar year. But, usually after decisions were released the anxiety would subside and everything would be back to normal.
The most enjoyable part of my job was reading the applications and interacting with the student volunteers, applicants and eventually those admitted to the program. I learned so much about many different cultures from so many unknowing teachers. – less