Mercy College

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Associate Director in Bronx, NY
Former Employee - Associate Director in Bronx, NY

I worked at Mercy College full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

1) They tend to hire employees from non-traditional backgrounds. This provides a great opportunity for career changers or new graduates to gain valuable higher ed experience.
2) Most campuses are centrally located.

Cons

1) Upper management can appear very removed from front line employees. As a result many employees feel as if they don't matter to upper administration.
2) There does not seem to be any set guidelines for salary increases or promotions. This results in discord as people with 5 years + experience are supervised by recently promoted employees with little higher ed experience.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have your human resources department distribute anonymous surveys to all employees. This will result in you learning how to improve the relationship between upper management and front line workers.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

25 Other Employee Reviews for Mercy College (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Something you want to forget like a bad dream.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of PACT in Dobbs Ferry, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of PACT in Dobbs Ferry, NY

    I have been working at Mercy College

    Pros

    -There are so many job openings that you can get valuable higher ed experience.
    -A free degree.

    Cons

    -Poor work/life balance.
    -Certain programs get preferential treatment.
    -Lack of transparency in senior management.
    -Lack of respect for employees who don't go along with the "program".
    -People quit so often its hard to get attached to your co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, value their contributions and provide equitable pay for work requested.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Prospective employees who want to feel valued need not apply.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Dobbs Ferry, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Dobbs Ferry, NY

    I have been working at Mercy College

    Pros

    - You are given so much responsibility that when you leave you will be able to find a better job making at least $5,000 to $10,000 more.
    - Working for this organization will make you appreciate any job that you get in the future.

    Cons

    1) No clear job description and time off schedule - When you accept the job you will be sold on the generous time off and holiday schedule. Do not be fooled! If you work in departments that require student contact, you will be expected to work most weekends and some holidays (including Winter/Christmas break). Some employees who are not unionized consistently work more than 35 hours a week (thats all we get paid for) and are not given compensated time. Generally speaking, only if an employee works on the weekend will they be granted a day off in exchange. Also, most....let me repeat most employees have more than one job. For example in a traditional higher ed institution if you worked in student activities that would be your sole job responsibility. You may be assigned other tasks related to student activities but that would be it. At Mercy it is not uncommon for most employees who are responsible for student activities or other jobs that are traditionally one person's job to also have a full student caseload and are responsible for that students with academic advising, career counseling, admin reporting, etc. responsibilities.
    2) High turnover - Obviously based on what I stated above you can understand why this occurs. Unfortunately this creates an unpleasant work environment, similar to that of a prision, where everyone comisserates and whispers about the things they are going to do when they "get out" and get a better job.
    3) No respect for life outside of work - Once again you are almost expected to work beyond the 35 hrs a week you are paid for. (Just to be clear it is not uncommon to work from 9AM to 7PM on a daily basis in order to get all of your work done.) If you do not you are viewed as an employee who is "not dedicated" to the college and it will become difficult for you to get promoted, even if the work you produce is stellar. Often times college events and other projects are thrust upon you at the last minute forcing you make adjustments to your personal life to accomodate work. This includes holidays, often times non-unionized employees are given short notice (1 month or less) and have to change Labor Day and other weekend plans.
    4) The administration rules Mercy with an iron fist, similar to a dictatorship - Keep your opinions to yourself or face the consquences of being labeled a "difficult" employee or one who does not have a "positive" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I work with employees who are talented, student service oriented and highly educated. Since this is the case it is a shame that we are not valued enough to contribute our thoughts and ideas to this administration. The unofficial motto for the college is: "If you don't like it then get off the bus." If this administration doesn't start to value its employees there will be no Mercy College. Reports have proven that happy employees tend to be more productive and committed to the organization where they are employed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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