A very enjoyable learning experience. I was a part of many great changes and protocols that were instituted in my 10 years there.
Executive Chef (Former Employee) – Northfield, MN – November 1, 2018
High end food service provider that relies on team effort and communication. Daily management of many cultures and age groups. Loved the client and guests. The workplace culture was very professional and managed for self sufficiency. Hardest part of job was being a showcase account we were always under pressure to outperform and became one dimensional with regards to bottom line and less about our companies philosophy. For the most part we had a very cohesive hard working management staff.
Freedom with creativity, employee retention and solid working relationships with focus on training.
The lack of qualified employees in rural and surrounding area.
I don't recommend working here. It's nice if you're a student and you need to fill time, but the school is awful. The administration is only interested in money and fires decent teachers constantly. They'll do anything to cut costs and the students suffer.
Assistant Professor (Former Employee) – Northfield, MN – November 22, 2014
If one is from a parochial and homogeneous culture in the upper Midwest, then this is the institution for you. While its self image is one that is open and welcome, survival is dependent on conformity to the status quo. This is not a particularly progressive or innovative academic culture. They are resistant to change. Moreover, they do not tolerate experiences or expressions orthogonal to their insular Scandinavian/Lutheran identity.
location, culture, lack of real tolerance, averse to anything that discloses their failings, particularly those that are intellectual, ethical, or political.
Music Library Receptionist (Former Employee) – Northfield, MN – June 6, 2012
As a Music Library Receptionist, I checked materials in and out of the library for use by students, professors, and people from the local community. I also cataloged all of the materials currently in the Music Library's system and created an excel spreadsheet for all donated materials that were given to St. Olaf.
My co-workers were fellow students, so they were always helpful and nice to work with. The management was just as pleasant to work with. Despite only working in the Library for a little over a year, I created strong bonds with the Head Librarian and the other Library Associates.
The hardest part of the job was working for more than two hours at a time because I would always force myself to work on homework while sitting at the desk. Sometimes I would run out of work to do and would become bored. Besides these few moments of boredom, the Music Library was such a fun environment to work in. Not only were the people that studied there boisterous and interesting, but I knew many of them. So I rarely had a boring day while at work.
great community of people, relaxed atmosphere
sometimes had long hours, uncomfortable stool used for the front desk
Technical Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Northfield, MN – July 5, 2013
My time there was spent working with the science departments, helping them with any IT hardware or software they might need, and working with them on their projects. When not doing that, I was improving the infrastructure of our servers, working with MS Active Directory changing group policies, creating and modifying user accounts, and making sure everything ran smoothly. I also worked with my coworkers on IT projects around campus. Management was professional and enjoyably casual, focusing on how we can better help our departments. I was able to mesh with most of my coworkers immediately, making my job and life much easier. The coworkers I didn't get along with were either avoided or worked with as efficiently as possible. The hardest part was trying to prove my abilities to our senior staff, as they were very set in any assumptions they made. The most enjoyable was working with professors and researchers as I was able to help them do their work while learning about their research.
I was able to spend time expanding my skills, pay was nice, environment was very enjoyable.
Some office politics that resulted in my not jumping at an opportunity to stay at my position.