NYU (New York University) Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Boring work and keep track of your own hours

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coles Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coles Staff in New York, NY

    I worked at NYU (New York University) part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    on campus, fairly easy work, fairly flexible with your schedule and you can work as needed. some times there are hot girls that work there.

    Cons

    pay isnt great, a lot of times they dont have the right hours of you working and you have to keep track of the email confirmations and bring it to their attention that you are not being paid accordingly

    Advice to Management

    keep track of hours worked


  2. "If it ain't broke"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at NYU (New York University) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vacation Time, Health Insurance, Location

    Cons

    Unwillingness to grow, lack of training programs, lack of policy enforcement


  3. Experience varies according to mentor.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at NYU (New York University) as a contractor (More than a year)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for publishing and presenting.

    Cons

    For this research assistant. My mentor went away on sabbatical, there was a minimal support structure in her absent. I was pretty much left on my own.

    Advice to Management

    Across the board - there needs to be consistent support for Ph. D. student/research assistants.


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  5. Demystified

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at NYU (New York University) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great vacation, access to a broad array of services available to the NYU community. Values putting the student first and creates a divers, inclusive environment.

    Cons

    Non-profit organization that tries to operate as a for-profit. Collective bargaining agreements create a culture of mediocrity in a lot of the administrative/student services departments. Organization is extremely fragmented; each school operates as a separate entity which makes sharing best practices very difficult and creates a very isolated environment. Extremely hierarchical and bureaucratic organization that is not very agile.

    Advice to Management

    strip layers of unnecessary management which prevent agility and innovation, particularly in administrative/services areas.


  6. Sr. Admin

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative in New York, NY

    I have been working at NYU (New York University) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great vacation and sick days. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary, not believing in promotion from within. University is slowly turning to "corporate america" instead of an educational institution.


  7. Helpful (4)

    A Very Mixed Bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NYU (New York University) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with Multiple Technologies Service Oriented Benefits (Tuition Remission, Retirement) If you're near retirement or in need of very generous tuition benefits, join NYU or any other higher education institution.

    Cons

    1) Calcified culture 2) Very difficult to let go of underperforming talent 3) Very difficult to accomplish tasks in a timely fashion 4) If you are someone who wants to "get lost" inside a machine that doesn't hold people accountable, join NYU or any other higher education institution. 5) NYU fails to attract and retain quality talent because of the general culture present in higher education. That culture rewards political favors, unnecessary and counterproductive "consensus building" which can stretch what should be a 6 month project to several years, and does not pay prevailing wages. Example: In a corporate environment, what should take a day or two in terms of an email response to a query could take a week or more at NYU. That is, unfortunately, the de facto response and the culture of sluggishness that exists in NYU and almost all higher education institutions. 6) On the latter point, NYU does offer very generous Tuition Remission and Retirement matching benefits (though they have been skimping on the tuition remission component in recent years). However, if you are not interested in attaining more education or are not in need of turbo-charging your retirement accounts, NYU will likely drive you batty. Unfortunately these elements in combination lead to "older" employees who are looking to hold on as long as possible to get themselves to retirement, or get their children through school, and very "young" employees who are merely trying to get through school and get out as quickly as possible. Many of the remaining people in between fall into a category of being "unhireable" anywhere outside of the higher education environment. 7) Another NYU failing, and likely higher education in general, falls to the apportionment of funds for various departments. Ex: NYU will spend millions on its faculty on such frivolous items as underwriting mortgages with *very* generous benefits for deans, loans for cars and other non-education related expenses for professors, etc. In the meantime, they will cut headcount for critical services such as IT, Security, etc. Or cut services that help offset recruitment issue woes such as Tuition Remission. Another example of this failure is the use of high-priced consultants instead of hiring competent employees at prevailing wages. Rather than hire an extra 2-3 employees to support critical systems, an expenditure which might cost NYU $200,000-$300,000/yr at prevailing wages and benefits, NYU will pay consultants $1,000,000 for the same work, year after year. This is because those consultants are part of a different budget than is counted for full time headcount. This ensures that the ultimate bearers of those costs, the parents and students, will continue to see their tuition rise unnecessarily. These and many other issues make NYU, and many higher education institutions, highly inefficient and ineffective, yet obscenely expensive, places to work and finance. NYU could do much, much, better.

    Advice to Management

    See the cons section and start addressing these issues. They are some of the primary reasons it is so difficult to find qualified individuals who wish to work for NYU.


  8. Half-decent school with half-decent programs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student in New York, NY

    I worked at NYU (New York University) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some solid academic programs. NYU has garnered an impressive reputation in select programs in finance, economics, mathematics, and philosophy. But really, 50 years from now do you want to say you went to NYU?

    Cons

    Lots of useless programs with inadequate intensity. So many programs that could be removed and polish the school's reputation as being a 60 thousand dollar party.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expanding.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Want to move on to a different university ASAP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in New York, NY

    I have been working at NYU (New York University) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice collegues, great community at faculty housing

    Cons

    1) horrible salaries. My husband and I are assist. Professors and cannot make the ends meet with only one kid. 2) a small group of people are favored and lots of deals happen behind closed doors. there is absolutely no transparency. It is clear that the a few people can work the system and are well treated at the expense of the rest of the faculty, which creates an unjust environment, 3) no respect from administration. They do not care about the well being of the faculty. 4) faculty housing works independently like any New York real estate company. For example, we have been here for 2.5 years. First couple years no rent increase. Our rent was increased 11% this year. First year I had no salary raise. Second year 2.5%. So In the past couple years my salary was practically cut, because rent is about 40% of my salary after tax. I sometimes feel like I am working in a mining town in 1800s owned by the company. If I had known all this, I would have taken my other offer two years ago. With little support to have a good career, and without a good career, I fear that i will remain stuck here


  10. Helpful (1)

    Nothing Special

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at NYU (New York University) part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NIce to have an campus job

    Cons

    Bad pay and bad times


  11. Helpful (4)

    inadequate pay for where I live

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in New York, NY

    I have been working at NYU (New York University) full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    on campus housing, no commute

    Cons

    qualtity of life is low because the village is expensive

    Advice to Management

    increase salary of assistant professors



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