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Solid Experience

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

Pros

- Great team. It's important to gel with the team you sign on to as so much of your interaction will be with the team rather than the school as a whole
- Good work-life balance. The job does not require much commitment outside of working hours (9-5 generally)

Cons

- Promotions are limited to the department. Any job transitions outside of the department will be treated as a general hire.
- You need to be self motivated to not be discouraged by the sometimes indifferent employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It's a hard job to manage so many independent departments. There's not much company culture, although there is a good deal of company morale generated from the company's academic prestige.

Recommends
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    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    prestigious, well known, best scientist

    Cons

    competitive, hard to form bonds with other people there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great training ground for managing politics and navigating egos. You can build off your CU experience for advancement

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    Former Employee - Associate Dean  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Dean in New York, NY

    Pros

    Opportunity for impact in your niche and the education benefit for officers

    Cons

    Poor organizational design - highly decentralized campus, often duplicative and competitive services. I worked in undergraduate student affairs, politics often drove decisions and impacted organizational structure.

    Student body is overly entitled, not very resillent and many students have developmental challenges (psychological and emotional).

    CU is not a supportive environment for administrators of color - racism is deeply embedded throughout the system. Micro-aggressions are the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train middle and senior managers for effectiveness in their roles, particularly from the point that they are given supervisory responsibilities. Managers are often hired not because of their people abilities but because they were effective in other functions.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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