CUNY (City University of New York)

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CUNY (City University of New York) Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
108 Reviews
3.6
108 Reviews
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CUNY (City University of New York) Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
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37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • committed staff to the mission, good work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits for a part-time job (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • full time and care for children and/or parents so many don't read or even buy books (in 5 reviews)

  • Getting paid is something that is considered a benefit not a right (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent workplace environment and benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CUNY (City University of New York)

    Pros

    Co-workers, CUNY staff and students are the best

    Cons

    CUNY bureaucracy can be heavy and slow

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good work experience, students were great but administration was antiquated and in need of an update.

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lecturer in New York, NY

    I worked at CUNY (City University of New York) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay was good with flexible hours

    Cons

    Tons of nepotism, sons and daughters hired without experience. Slow administration meant that paychecks were late (often) and many mistakes were made. Teaching load for lecturers were also heavy, 200-300 students per semester.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit number of students per section so there is a student cap per lecturer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    its a memorable experience at CUNY, made new friends and feels like a second family.

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    Current Employee - Applications Processor  in  Jamaica, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Processor in Jamaica, NY

    I have been working at CUNY (City University of New York) part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    employees are cool when trying to help out if you don't know something

    Cons

    sometimes paperwork gets lost in the office or missing for a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop micro managing everyone.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CUNY (City University of New York) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Casual environment, friendly atmosphere and employees treat each other like family

    Cons

    Work can be monotonous

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great job

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    Current Employee - College Assistant/Communications Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - College Assistant/Communications Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at CUNY (City University of New York) part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefit are amazing. The people that work in the instituTion are unmatched!

    Cons

    It's part-time and the possibility for me to be full time looks scarce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Diversity and commitment

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Staten Island, NY

    I have been working at CUNY (City University of New York) full-time

    Pros

    Some real top faculty teach throughout the system. NYC offers an amazing array of service opportunities. Tenure is fair although when it comes to promotion to full professor they act like they are Columbia University. Diversity is celebrated across faculty and students.Strong faculty union.

    Cons

    Senior faculty tend to avoid teaching and appearing on campus so all the work falls to junior or newly tenured faculty. Students generally require extensive remediation in writing and math due to poor public schools. Plus, high rates of housing and food insecurity amongst students means most work full time, go to school full time and care for children and/or parents so many don't read or even buy books.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide if CUNY is a research or teaching university. Three/four teaching load makes it difficult to meet expectations for promotion to full professor. Remind senior faculty that this is a full time job and enforce teaching load requirements for everyone (see previous note about reducing teaching loads). Enforce three credit courses except in justified situations--Staten Island's use of four credit courses is a rip off to parents and students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    N/a

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CUNY (City University of New York)

    Pros

    Tuition is free for employees.

    Cons

    We are overworked and underpaid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    There are a variety of opportunties

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CUNY (City University of New York) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    committed staff to the mission, good work-life balance

    Cons

    public sector salary structure, lack of support staff resources

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Committed to public education, but little $ for support, huge bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in New York, NY

    I have been working at CUNY (City University of New York) as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I am a graduate of CUNY and have worked at several of the colleges in the system in various positions, including adjunct teaching and project management. The CUNY system plays a vital role in NYC as more accessible, more affordable higher education and it feels great to be a part of that mission. In general, students are great. There is a strong union, although they don't advocate nearly enough for contingent faculty and staff.

    Cons

    Other than administration positions and central line faculty, there is little stability and VERY low pay for adjunct teaching. Many positions are funded year to year, leaving staff in limbo. As is typical of academia these days, teaching loads are often high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately, "management" means an enormous bureaucracy with rigid roles, but I would recommend that they make better salaries and working conditions for adjunct faculty a priority. They are well aware of the problems, but do little to address them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    If you enjoy bureaucracy, cronyism, & people stuck in their ways, then this is the place for you.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CUNY (City University of New York) full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits; health care, pension, fsa account.

    Cons

    resistance to change; not unified among campuses, lack of leadership training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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