Oberlin Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Oberlin College is a private liberal arts college and conservatory of music in Oberlin, Ohio. It is the oldest coeducational liberal arts college in the United States and the second oldest continuously operating coeducational institute of higher learning in the world. The Oberlin Conservatory of Music is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States.

Someone mentioned, "Oberlin is terribly mismanaged. Only the professors are the saving grace. In trying to get students back on campus, they are subjecting them to real health hazards. They have mismanaged things like this in the past, it's bound to happen again. Furthermore, many people can't full fill graduation requirements now that class schedules are very restrictive."


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Custodian (Former Employee) says

"If something makes sense, then that won't be done at oberlin college. If you work for them be prepared to be mistreated and talked down too. I only stayed for the pay Cons: POOR management"

Junior Researcher (Former Employee) says

"I had a great freshman year and then internship here, but a small change in my financial circumstances made Oberlin suddenly decide to charge my family $20,000 for the next semester alone. Despite getting paid to write blog posts for the college to literally publish on their website, being admitted to their competitive college and conservatory double degree program, and being among the top students, Oberlin couldn't find it in their funding to prioritize keeping me there. I pretty much can't say anything about this school without launching into a bitter tirade. Cons: Limited in its ability to reliably fund students"

Payroll Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"It is higher education at a liberal college. That being said there is an entitlement within the culture of the student body that resignates throughout the campus. Union jobs are held that should be replaced with automation and more efficient ways to do the task. Cons: mind set"

Administrative Secretary I (Current Employee) says

"The College has been a unique place to work in that I have met such a large diversity of people from all walks of life and many different countries. Cons: Oppressive work atmosphere, difficult boss"

Carpenter (Current Employee) says

"Fun people there. The work can be a little lax and there are usually miscommunications, but that can happen anywhere, especially when teaching is happening."

Customer Data Applications Engineer (Current Employee) says

"Oberlin College like many other Colleges or Businesses are going thru change. The next year 2017 and into 2018 will impact faculty and students gearing more towards a networking place of work. In short more will be done thru technology and contracting of work."

Assistant Football Coach (Former Employee) says

"I learned a lot of valuable lessons working for Oberlin College. In the end, I felt the entire sports department is vastly under compensated. Cons: poor compensation, no meals provided, no support from admissions"

A&PS Staff Member (Current Employee) says

"The College is doing what they can to navigate an incredibly trying time. They have worked hard to structure curriculum, housing, and resources in various ways."

Assistente di Lingua Italiana, Borsista Fulbright FLTA (Former Employee) says

"Nice place to work for a while if you like college life."

Conference Services Assistant (Former Employee) says

"It's a job working for a college. Doesn't pay well, prefers students, not a whole lot to do. Mostly did it for the summer so I didn't have to go home. Cons: Low pay, lots of hours"

Project Researcher/Public Programs Assistant (Current Employee) says

"Oberlin requires a living to work perspective."

Former Employee - Cleaning and Maintenance Worker says

"I worked at Oberlin College full-time Cons: Had potential, but decided to eliminate entire essential departments during pandemic. They took away great healthcare benefits, and all retirement contributions to all from other departments that remain. Students HATE this current administration and all they stand for."

Former Employee - Administrative Assistant says

"I worked at Oberlin College full-time for more than 10 years Cons: They don't care about their employees. To save them money they are not replacing retired AAs, instead they are giving AAs still employed double/triple the work load. They have also fired employees that have been there for many years to bring in outsourced companies."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Oberlin College full-time for more than 8 years Cons: The college is going through a huge transition now to a new President and lacks a clear focus."

Operations says

"I have been working at Oberlin College Cons: The union runs the entire campus. Management is afraid to make any decision because they're afraid the union will file a grievence. Very backward! Nothing gets done. At least not efficiently."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Oberlin College full-time for more than a year Cons: Disorganized and petty work environment. Office culture is very poor. Staff is overworked and underpaid."

Former Employee - Associate Director says

"I worked at Oberlin College full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Oberlin College is in deep need of a cultural change. Oberlin has a low trust culture and is deeply siloed, which make it hard to partner on cross-departmental initiatives. The top-down hierarchy makes it really hard to keep people accountable when they are practicing poor behaviors and people are treated as if they are dispensable."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Oberlin College full-time Cons: Majority of faculty and staff weren't from Oberlin so they did not have the same liberal values as Oberlin alums and students."


"I have been working at Oberlin College Cons: -geographically isolated -high turnover for non-tenured positions -no system to measure success/failure"

Former Employee - Administrative Secretary II says

"I worked at Oberlin College full-time for more than 10 years Cons: Management does whatever they want and ignores union contracts. Many jobs have been cut the past couple of years. In return, burden put upon those still there with no extra compensation, just much added stress. Too much backstabbing and gossip among the staff. All the added stress made things worse than ever. Don't ever think anyone is your friend. Use your own judgement, don't listen to anyone else. Keep to yourself, you're better off."

Former Employee - Intern says

"I worked at Oberlin College full-time Cons: Low pay low job security"