New School Reviews

Updated 10 May 2021

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3.8
61%
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New School President David E. Van Zandt
David E. Van Zandt
141 Ratings
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  • "Low pay, scrappy, doesn't practice what they teach(in 20 reviews)

  • "86% of the institution is part time faculty, so the institution runs on the backs of low paid faculty(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Friendly environment"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at New School part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, respectful environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    Very large organization, sometimes bureaucracy can get in the way

  2. "Like rearranging deck chairs on a sinking ship"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing & Communications employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I consistently worked 35 hours a week, plus a full hour for lunch every day, which is pretty rare in my profession. I found my job to be very low stress compared to other jobs I've had in the past. My managers were effective at advocating for me, were supportive and respectful, and very easy to get along with. I felt like my ideas were heard and I was given a lot of autonomy. I received three weeks vacation every year, and I was actually able to take it. There are a lot of cynical careerists and privileged out-of-touch types who largely drive the office culture, but some good people, too, especially if you're able to get to know colleagues outside your own department.

    Cons

    If you are a progressive person looking for a job that aligns with your values, you will not find that here. As other reviews have mentioned, The New School is very much riding on its reputation as a progressive, social justice-oriented institution centered on academic freedom. Their marketing campaigns are designed to draw in students whose hearts are crying out for justice, who realize after they get here that they’ve been taken for a ride. While originally conceived of as a free school, with few administrative positions and most decision-making power given to faculty members themselves, The New School is currently indistinguishable from most other American universities, with astronomical tuition, disillusioned faculty, and a bloated, top-heavy leadership model. The school's top earners rake in between $500k to almost $1M a year, jaw-dropping amounts when you consider the university’s total operating revenue is less than $400M (compare these numbers to a school like NYU, and you'll see what I mean). When faced with budgetary shortfalls in 2020, university leadership made the decision to eliminate 1/3rd of their employees–mostly underpaid, non-managerial workers, and cut salaries and benefits for everyone else–without taking significant salary cuts themselves. If you work here, you should do so without the expectation of any longterm job security. Poor business decisions such as these, coupled with long-declining enrollment don’t bode well for The New School’s future. The office culture is not great on the administrative side. I’ve never encountered so much casual racism or classism as I did working at The New School. My department was like 90% white which was deeply unsettling, especially for an organization situated in the most diverse city on earth. POC within the department were routinely subjected to microaggressions, with some of the worst of it coming from upper management. Other than vacation time, the benefits package is not good. The health insurance plan is awful. The premium is high, there is very limited in-network coverage for anything outside routine check-ups. I have a chronic health condition, and even with the most expensive plan, I was paying hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket each month. The New School offers no parental leave. They halted their retirement plan and 401k matching last year to cut costs. Employees can ostensibly take classes for free, but good luck getting into one.

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  3. "Great school , wonderful students"

    4.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Instructor, Music 

    I have been working at New School part-time

    Pros

    Great students to work with, Lots of engaging colleagues who make work fun

    Cons

    Pay could be better, sometimes admin is slow to change

  4. "Loved"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New School part-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, amazing staff, great work

    Cons

    cant speak of cons, loved the company!

  5. "Opportunity to grow"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 

    I worked at New School part-time

    Pros

    I think pay could be better

    Cons

    They are lacking in proper representation and diversity

  6. "Great Boss"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Store Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New School part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of Opportunities for Creativity

    Cons

    Not many hours each week. Little space.

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    "good place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Dy Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at New School full-time

    Pros

    collaborative, visionary, forward thinking nice

    Cons

    understaffed but thats usual for higher ed

  8. "Good Teaching Experience"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at New School part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Teaching Experience, Relatively Flexible Work Hours, Decent Pay, Interesting Topics

    Cons

    Lack of Structure, Difficulties with Students

  9. "New School"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cello Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New School part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A progressive that forges ahead with progress.

    Cons

    An unusually high amount of bureaucracy.

  10. "Great and Supportive staff"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New School part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The superiors and staff are super friendly and understanding Flexible hours

    Cons

    Can’t think of many cons

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