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Clarkson University Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
Updated February 5, 2015
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clarkson University

    Pros

    Good team, was well-directed, enjoyed the work, good internship program for undergrad

    Cons

    Can't speak to current positions, only know cons for the REU internship program, which is that I was on a stipend and getting a flat amount and working with people paid hourly, so we had different end goals for how much time to spend in the field

  2.  

    Good students but challenging requirements

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clarkson University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students are very good and are a pleasure to work with for the most part. The area is nice and near the Adirondack park. It is a pleasant place to live.

    Cons

    The administration only pays lip service to teaching and demands a high research load. They just want happy students and want you to bring in a lot of money and publish a lot of papers. Quantity is valued over quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to recognize that different people bring different talents to the organization, and the university should value a wider range of activities.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Nice place to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Potsdam, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Potsdam, NY

    I worked at Clarkson University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working at Clarkson as a student provides many opportunities for hands on learning. This opens lots of doors for post graduate work as well as job opportunities.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities aren't state of the art, but they get the job done. If you see an area of opportunity which is lacking proper equipment, the university will consider investment if you can justify the expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the plastic plants in the atrium of CAMP with living specimens.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Student Worker

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Potsdam, NY
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Potsdam, NY

    I have been working at Clarkson University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexability, Pay, study benefits, experience, time-off

    Cons

    Working under other students, conflict with local staff, bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    odd tenure track hiring process

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Potsdam, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Potsdam, NY

    I worked at Clarkson University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    this institution has some very god faculty in engineering and business

    Cons

    while Clarkson has a well defined "Operations Manual" with specific instructions on faculty hiring process, these are not followed - and the outside population at large is unaware of the political intrigue...

    I was one of 5 finalists for a tenure track position, and none of us got the job offer; rather, a friend of the oldest professor on campus was taken on as an associate professor (brought in at higher rank than advertised. All the applicants received notice that they were not the "top applicant", certainly implying that the individual selected was AT LEAST an applicant... He was not even an applicant since he did not apply for the position, since no seminar was given, and no interviews were conducted...

    After two years, this individual was given tenure, even though the tenure committee unanimously rejected his paper-thin tenure file. At time of tenure, this individual had not taught a single course, brought in any research monies, or published a single paper... The remainder of this saga has details full of intrigue and suspense, but the gist is that the president was informed that many people knew about this individual's rejection by the tenure committee, and he denied having been informed of this. A copy of the letter from the tenure committee to the president was available to many, even though the president categorically denied knowledge of their decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    Lean and mean at CU!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clarkson University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people, many great opportunities for good work experience because there are so few employees in each division compared to other universities. Small college, so it is relatively easy to get things done and make changes without waiting for items to work their way up and down the channels.

    Cons

    Draconian vacation policy where you don't get any time off for the entire first year of employment. It is also easy to work 24/7 because there is so much work and so few people. Work life balance is tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR and managers need to each figure out their role in the employee's work life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  8.  

    An experience to remember.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Departmental Secretary in Potsdam, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Departmental Secretary in Potsdam, NY

    I worked at Clarkson University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the people you work with on the same level as you are great.

    Cons

    The supervisors don't always say what they mean.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Working as a TA has been a rewarding experience.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Potsdam, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Potsdam, NY

    I have been working at Clarkson University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working as a full TA at Clarkson University makes a great first teaching experience and in return you receive full tuition and a decent stipend. It is also a valuable opportunity to brush up on undergraduate course material. The campus and surrounding areas are beautiful and the employees are nice. There is a lot to do outdoors and the surrounding areas are quite safe and peaceful to live in.

    Cons

    The winters are typically icy and the town is located relatively far away from airports and urban areas. There is no public transportation system for traveling within the town. If you work as a TA, grading papers and preparing for classes will take time away from your own research and coursework.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    Clarkson is perfect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Potsdam, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Potsdam, NY

    I have been working at Clarkson University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clarkson university is located in a beautiful and calm area, the employees are nice and friendly. You could work with peace of mind and do not have to worry about any thing.

    Cons

    There is no significant cons comparing to the pros. If you don't like cold winters you may not enjoy your time here. The city is far away from airports and urban areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Work loads varies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Potsdam, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Potsdam, NY

    I have been working at Clarkson University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You can get teaching experience and the experience in how to communicate with student, Tuition Waiver.

    Cons

    Usually you will get a regular pay, Work load depends on the department and the course instructor. Sometime needs to do more than 20 hours a week for the TA.

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