Mercy College

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  • 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

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

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  1.  

    Great Place to Advocate for Student Success

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercy College

    Pros

    felxiable adn enjoyable work place. Great atmosphere for students to learn and professionals to grow. a shared experience for all involved in the high education field.

    Cons

    Weekend hours are strenuous and sometime you have to tell students news they do not want to hear including denying them from programs or financial aide opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360 reviews between employees and supervisors could lead to a much more cohesive workplace where titles would not govern the office.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A challenging place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercy College

    Pros

    You will be challenged and pushed to work to the best of your ability. You will have a great resume when you leave because you will have more responsibility that the position that you were hired for.

    Cons

    It is really hard to meet the expectations of the people that manage you. A lot is demanded of you. You are not allowed to have a personal life and rarely get time off from work. The hours are long and the salary does not meet the industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff like you would like staff to treat you.

    Approves of CEO
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