NYU (New York University)

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Treats Upper Management Like Gods, Poops on the Rest of Us

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
Former Employee - Administrator in New York, NY

I worked at NYU (New York University) full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Tuition remission, health care, 401B

Cons

Poor work/life balance, long hours, abusive management, no job security.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Instead of paying a select few professors and upper-level management outrageous salaries, 0% loans, loan forgiveness, and other perks, spread the love. Give better compensation to adjunct instructors, student employees, and lower loan rates/scholarships to starving students. This is supposed to be a non-profit organization, not a predatory one.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    A Very Mixed Bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NYU (New York University) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with Multiple Technologies
    Service Oriented
    Benefits (Tuition Remission, Retirement)

    If you're near retirement or in need of very generous tuition benefits, join NYU or any other higher education institution.

    Cons

    1) Calcified culture
    2) Very difficult to let go of underperforming talent
    3) Very difficult to accomplish tasks in a timely fashion

    4) If you are someone who wants to "get lost" inside a machine that doesn't hold people accountable, join NYU or any other higher education institution.

    5) NYU fails to attract and retain quality talent because of the general culture present in higher education. That culture rewards political favors, unnecessary and counterproductive "consensus building" which can stretch what should be a 6 month project to several years, and does not pay prevailing wages.

    Example: In a corporate environment, what should take a day or two in terms of an email response to a query could take a week or more at NYU. That is, unfortunately, the de facto response and the culture of sluggishness that exists in NYU and almost all higher education institutions.

    6) On the latter point, NYU does offer very generous Tuition Remission and Retirement matching benefits (though they have been skimping on the tuition remission component in recent years). However, if you are not interested in attaining more education or are not in need of turbo-charging your retirement accounts, NYU will likely drive you batty.

    Unfortunately these elements in combination lead to "older" employees who are looking to hold on as long as possible to get themselves to retirement, or get their children through school, and very "young" employees who are merely trying to get through school and get out as quickly as possible.

    Many of the remaining people in between fall into a category of being "unhireable" anywhere outside of the higher education environment.

    7) Another NYU failing, and likely higher education in general, falls to the apportionment of funds for various departments.

    Ex: NYU will spend millions on its faculty on such frivolous items as underwriting mortgages with *very* generous benefits for deans, loans for cars and other non-education related expenses for professors, etc.

    In the meantime, they will cut headcount for critical services such as IT, Security, etc. Or cut services that help offset recruitment issue woes such as Tuition Remission.

    Another example of this failure is the use of high-priced consultants instead of hiring competent employees at prevailing wages.

    Rather than hire an extra 2-3 employees to support critical systems, an expenditure which might cost NYU $200,000-$300,000/yr at prevailing wages and benefits, NYU will pay consultants $1,000,000 for the same work, year after year.

    This is because those consultants are part of a different budget than is counted for full time headcount. This ensures that the ultimate bearers of those costs, the parents and students, will continue to see their tuition rise unnecessarily.

    These and many other issues make NYU, and many higher education institutions, highly inefficient and ineffective, yet obscenely expensive, places to work and finance.

    NYU could do much, much, better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons section and start addressing these issues. They are some of the primary reasons it is so difficult to find qualified individuals who wish to work for NYU.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NYU (New York University)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great location, smart people

    Cons

    very large and lots of hoops to jump through

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