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MARIST COLLEGE SEEKS ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS Marist College is looking for several adjunct instructors to teach starting spring 2015 for the School of… CareerBuilder

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Administrative Assistant - CWA

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

to include screening calls; managing calendars; making travel, meeting and event arrangements; preparing reports and financial data; training and… Marist College

6 days ago

Assistant Director, Survey Center & Data Management

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

• Assist in survey data collection, track and oversee sample, quotas, and project completion requirements, and reporting • Supervise and coordinate… Marist College

13 days ago

Educational Technology Specialist

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

Bachelor's degree in Educational Technology, Instructional Design and Technology, Curriculum and Instruction Technology, General Education, or… Boxwood

18 days ago

ERP Applications Developer

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

include programming, software development, including large scale enterprise software, reporting and oversight of data integrity. The ERP… Boxwood

30+ days ago

Adjunct Instructor for Computer Science (Programming, Java)

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

The Department of Computing Technology of the Marist College School of Computer Science and Mathematics is looking for adjunct instructors for spring… Boxwood

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    I worked at Marist College part-time (more than 3 years)


    Marist provides students a lot of ways to network and be involved in campus life with careers. IT always has positions open it seems, and you can jump around. IBM partnerships in particular is really great opportunities for experience.

    The campus is amazing and you do a lot of moving around from building to building. Which is both a blessing and a curse, but its a great campus to be on.

    The technology Marist offers in regards to hardware is pretty current. The hardware you work with hands on is almost always sure to impress potential employers down the line. IT upgrades computer labs and faculty computers every other year.


    Most of the best student workers leave the Marist IT departments to go work for IBM. And management wonders why. Maybe its because they pay way more hourly and don't involve impatient faculty members, get appreciation and recognition for their work, and don't have to deal with 5+ different conflicting managers telling them what to do all at the same time.

    The management I worked with in IT was mixed. Some were nice, but thats as far as it extends. Everyone else is either grumpy or utterly impatient and rude. It seems like most faculty don't understand how computers work, even in the CS department. And the faculty sometimes takes it out on the students. I've seen some blaming first hand. When faculty call, they put in service tickets. If student workers try to call back and they don't get a response, its somehow the student's fault.

    The campus insists on using completely outdated email and online teaching software. It's all propriatery IBM stuff. Between Lotus Notes and "Foxmail", its impossible to get things done. It is the definition of performance inhibitors. No one knows how to work them properly, yet alone debug them when they behave improperly. iLearn gets the job "done", but its unorganized and severely lacks any modern features that other online teaching solutions offer.

    The technology the campus offers is great, as I said, but IT takes a super old approach to servicing the technology. There is no remote desktop support. Supposedly it has to do with faculty members concern about privacy. HelpDesk could do so much more with something like remote desktop support, before relaying issues over to other departments like Desktop support.

    A friend of mine who worked in desktop support for faculty told me that when their department gets to assigned support tickets, they have to call or email back, go through explaining computer procedures over the phone, or expect the person to walk across campus in extremely narrow time slots. Or the student workers themselves have to go to the person in question in their office if its a desktop. HUGE TIME SINKS

    Every faculty member wants~ to install Coupon Printer. Why? Who knows. The student has to sit there for 2 hours, in person at someone's office, and scan a slow buggy computer. If that student has class, they have to struggle to find someone over the phone who is on duty to come take their position. And if the faculty has to leave in that time slot, the student has to leave and reschedule again. And then get back, sign out, and run to class. If they haven't missed it. These procedures I've been told is arbitrarily schedules as 2 hour slots, but they can EASILY take upwards of 3-4 if the user has a lot of data and needs things like Adobe suites. My friend in that desktop support I mentioned had to miss class because of that and they couldn't find anyone to take their place. The system and orangization is a total mess.

    My personal experience with this procedure was once I had to setup accounts for the person in question. They scheduled the faculty to get a new computer, but then didn't have the accounts yet. The faculty member never received the information. So admist this student trying to setup their machine, they had to walk the faculty over to me at HelpDesk to setup their accounts and go back. Attrocious work flow!

    Management leaves ALLLLLL the responsibility to the student worker. If the student worker messes up because of a mess up from mangement, its the student's fault and he or she get the heat for it. The student worker gets assigned 2 calls back to back arbitrarily, and they have class after, its their fault and need to fix it. And sometimes they don't even get informed. There is no system for student worker scheduling. And student workers who are in a pickle will just drop calls onto other students because management tells them to, and the other student won't even know. But they're somehow expected to.

    And the worst part, the absolute worst part, is that the students NEVER get recognition for good work. A student can work tirelessly for $7.50 an hour for all 4 years of their college and never get a raise. Or they get $0.10 raises for "seniority". Somehow the college finds this acceptable. I've seen emails from faculty that sometimes, rarely, thank a student worker and management sends it to everyone in the office. But that's it.

    I've done my research: McDonalds across the street actually offers more than what my position did with better hours and less technical skills. To get run into the ground by management, with schooling ontop of it, for minimum wage is maddenning. Without the STUDENT WORKERS, this college would be a sad shell of broken or unplugged computers. There is PLENTY of money going around for management and IT, so where is it for the student workers who are the blood life of IT? They certainly don't get recognition. And it doesn't matter how skilled or technical the students are. They're all "equal" to IT. Minimum wage here there and everywhere. Maybe a $.50 difference. When brought up to discuss, its dismissed. Things like flexible work hours or "you get paid lunch" are hung over the heads of students like a carrot. "This is why we own you." This should not be allowed in any work place.

    As someone who worked in Systems for 2 years before moving to another department, which required WAY more technical skills and demand than anyone sitting at HelpDesk would, I would get paid the same. Or even less. You're comparing someone who has hands on technical work to do with critical components to the way the campus operates VS someone who picks up the phone, punches a description of what the person is saying, and presses enter then hangs up to continue their game of Solitaire or play Farmville on Facebook or homework. I would know, I WORKED THERE TOO.They will also hire almost anyone through the door, with or without knowledge of how a computer works. Why is the pay equal? And anyone who says otherwise obviously has not worked there for more than a year or is blissfully ignorant of daily operation.

    Resnet, the student support department, is one of the best places to be inside Marist IT. They have a decent amount of recognition and get paid better. Its a bit preposterous how different each department is handled. The manager there is awesome. I wish I accepted his offer over the other unnamed department in Donnelly.

    Another review stated that the campus is all about appearences. Its true. And I bet this review might even try to be taken down or they might try to find me to convince me otherwise or possibly even threaten somehow to change my opinion. But this is my experience with the college and they need to change.

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    I don't normally like to speak on behalf of others, but everyone I know who has worked in IT at Marist as a student really finds it disrespectful how little they get paid and how unrecognized they are. The faculty is rude, the hours and demand are a mess. IT knows it, and doesn't do anything to facilitate appreciating the work of the students. Come up with a system.

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