College of Staten Island

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College of Staten Island Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Chemistry department was a wonderful place to work.

    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Staten Island, NY

    I worked at College of Staten Island part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There was freedom to work independently, yet help was always available if needed.

    Cons

    Departments constantly under revision. Full time employment is very difficult to obtain.

  2.  

    Note taker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College of Staten Island

    Pros

    - Get to help students who with physical and mental disabilities
    - Get to sit in on classes outside of major
    - Rewarding when the students tell you, your notes helped them a lot

    Cons

    - Students are very reliable on notes so it comes with a lot of pressure

  3.  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    Former Employee - Career Counselor
    Former Employee - Career Counselor

    I worked at College of Staten Island

    Pros

    3-4 weeks paid vacation time each year, 15-20 sick days a year.

    Cons

    Difficult place to work, since the skill level of the students is very low, but expectations of the administration and faculty are unrealistically high. Starting salaries are low, and they will also lowball you with their initial salary offer, so make sure that you negotiate the offer. The responsibilities of the job were much more involved than I was initially told, and what was in the written job description. They are cheap, being that the salary did not match the level of work that the position required. When offering someone a job, why not at least be honest about what the job entails – if you have to lie and sell the job, why would anyone want to keep working there?

    Some of the administrators who work there are grumpy, and not very nice to their colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with job candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Here comes the corporate university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College of Staten Island full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are lucky in your immediate colleagues, congratulations. And the CUNY mission, of bringing higher education to underserved populations, is still being accomplished to some degree, which is rewarding.

    Cons

    The administration is very top down, more domination than administration. The instructional staff are told to do more with less but there always seems to be money for more administrators or a dean's special project. When violations of governance happen, started by the trustees (who are not educators themselves at all) the administration knuckles under without a fight, and communicates is disregard for the faculty in every imaginable way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the mission statement. Read the governance plan. Stop being bullies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    good place to start

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    Current Employee - College Assistant in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - College Assistant in Staten Island, NY

    I have been working at College of Staten Island part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    u will get good experience as a student as an IT tech, lot of people got good jobs after this job reference.

    Cons

    lot of repeated stuff to do, work is alot sometimes and this job is only good after graduation if you land a full time position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    challenging and a great learing experience

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    Current Employee - College Assistant in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - College Assistant in Staten Island, NY

    I have been working at College of Staten Island part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    My work is very rewarding and knowing that I helped the College in a possitive way and helping the students create a schedlue.

    Cons

    Creating courses so that students can complete their accademic career on time in order to graduate. Helping departments map out their course so that it will be productive to faculty and students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to listen to your staff since they are the people who are communicating with the students. Your employees are the people who hear the complaints, concerns and and any other suggestions that we as upper management/supervisiors might not have thought of or did not consider.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Wasted potential.

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Counselor in Staten Island, NY

    I worked at College of Staten Island part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big campus and good diversity of students.

    Cons

    Hallway politics and staff that is never accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your departments to standards of best practices that are bench marked not what the staff tells you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    avoid unless desperate

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in New York, NY

    I have been working at College of Staten Island full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -pay and benefits. Used to be campus space too, until they tore all the trees down. Place could be beautiful if they invested more in talented landscapers.

    Cons

    -upper admin like "old gentleman's club"
    -custodial staff do a terrible job and do not care about their jobs
    -internal politics are insane to navigate for tenure
    -insane workload
    -way to get ahead is by using those underneath you -gives new meaning to survival of the fittest. Would absolutely never adjunct here, they are treated horribly. Makes me sick when they work so hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff/faculty needs to be more diverse, I say this and I am Caucasian. The embedded social mores here are terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Beware of the adjunct trap! (This isn't unique to CSI) You will never be hired full time by the institution.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Staten Island, NY

    I worked at College of Staten Island part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great colleagues, interesting students.

    Cons

    Like most colleges in the US, CSI is employing a deeply disenfranchised adjunct labor force, with little regard for the true needs of the student population.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the needs and unique qualities of your students and build the faculty and resources around those needs, not around your dreams for the kind of institution you want to work at. Address the adjunct situation as the true economic crisis it is. You can be a leader in building a just system!

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good part-time, get you through college kind of job

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    Former Employee - College Assistant
    Former Employee - College Assistant

    I worked at College of Staten Island part-time

    Pros

    work load was easy. too easy, almost mind numbing. employees were all unionized, even part-timers so holidays and benefits were great.

    Cons

    everyone is basically ancient with limited technical abilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire new, fresh staff. challenge the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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