Mount Saint Mary College

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Mount Saint Mary College Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
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    A great college community

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mount Saint Mary College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are so many wonderful people here, and that makes it nice to come to work. People across all different areas of the college come together to collaborate on various projects and are always willing to help each other. The work can be demanding at times, but that is more than offset by the positives. The campus is beautiful, and it's especially nice to experience in the fall or springtime.

    The school is a nice size: You get to know your co-workers and the students, and it's a very comfortable atmosphere.

    In the time that I have worked at the college, there have been many improvements to the campus, and to services of the college that help the students. It's nice to be somewhere that's growing and moving forward in a positive direction.

    There are interesting classes, talks, and events on campus and great food services and athletic facilities that you can take advantage of. The tuition benefits are terrific, and worth taking advantage of if you can. And, the college still has a nice holiday party for the whole faculty and staff, and other celebrations throughout the year that help us get to know each other outside of our regular roles.

    Some other positive aspects:
    • Hardworking, helpful co-workers
    • Friendly, supportive culture
    • Good work is acknowledged and appreciated
    • Health benefits are great
    • Ample sick and vacation time, and good holiday schedule
    • Strong retirement savings benefits, if you take advantage of it
    • Good food services right on campus
    • Access to athletic facilities
    • It's rewarding to work with the great students here and watch them succeed
    • Nice tuition benefits for you, your spouse, and your children
    • Beautiful views of the Hudson River

    Cons

    Some long hours can be required for evening and weekend events
    Pay increases could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great people (co-workers and students!)

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    Former Contractor - Instructor (Natural Sciences) in Newburgh, NY
    Former Contractor - Instructor (Natural Sciences) in Newburgh, NY

    I worked at Mount Saint Mary College as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Friendly and helpful staff and colleagues
    -They are always improving facilities
    -Students really like the school

    Cons

    -low pay for adjunct instructors

    Recommends
  3.  

    Grossly incompetent HR; unethical practices (and it's a Catholic college!)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mount Saint Mary College

    Pros

    Beautiful location overlooking the Hudson; great cafeteria

    Cons

    They don't just dismiss people on a presidential whim -- they make them disappear, never to be heard from or mentioned again. Doesn't matter what your performance reviews were -- stellar reviews, but you can still be disappeared. The faculty is dominated by a cabal of old professors who will not let any change take place. Some are vicious.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abuse of workers

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Newburgh, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Newburgh, NY

    I have been working at Mount Saint Mary College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice view of the Hudson

    Cons

    This is a very abusive culture. Most of the staff are afraid of losing their jobs after years of loyal service. Today I was hit and yelled at by a tenured faculty member. The tenured faculty do whatever they want because no one holds them accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know how to fix the problems. This school just gets worse and worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience has been horrible.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mount Saint Mary College full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus. Facilities are clean. Close to NYC.

    Cons

    Tenured professors are abusive and are abusive to not only other faculty and staff but also students. Staff and junior faculty are overworked and treated with disrespect. This is not a Christian atmosphere. They will let new and longtime employees go at the drop of a hat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking that putting up crosses in the classrooms makes you Catholic. If you want to be Christian start having some compassion for people. And get rid of the tenure process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you're oblivious then this place is great!"

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mount Saint Mary College full-time

    Pros

    Very nice staff in general.
    Good but not fabulous benefits.
    Very very good work/life balance.
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    The administration is terrible and have no idea what anyone is really doing. There is no real sense of communication, or clarity. Certain offices border on unethical practices and in general best practice is ignored across the board. Decisions that impact the faculty and staff college wide are made without consultation of the main players and then policies are enacted with no regard for their impact. The pay is bad and no matter what you do above and beyond your position there is no increase. This is a culture in which hard work is not rewarded and where you will receive almost no positive validation for a job well done. Turn over is high and because staff are not under any contract, and are hired "at will" there is a constant fear of random firing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your employees and find out what the real issues are. There are wonderful people here who are planning to leave because there is no appreciation for their dedication and skill. There needs to be an effort made at clear and concise communication rather than a top-down approach which will only result in frustration and displeasure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Disorganized school where a lot of things fall through the cracks.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mount Saint Mary College

    Pros

    Easy job, nice people. The campus is beautiful and there seem to be a lot of opportunities for growth. Much of the higher administration is on the verge of retirement, so lots of opportunities come up often.

    Cons

    The higher-ups let their titles go to their heads. A lot of waste, which is reflected in high tuition costs. Amenities such as parking, coffee, food, etc, are hard to come by.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not What it Appears

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newburgh, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newburgh, NY

    I worked at Mount Saint Mary College full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Local job that offers decent pay (not great) and benefits. Has an average vacation and time-off policy and can take classes for reduced tuition after one year. If you are lazy and someone who doesn't do a good job this is a great place since everyone gets the same pay increase each year regardless of how you perform.

    Cons

    The college has double standards and you will find a couple departments working like crazy while others have nothing to do and lots of staff sitting around surfing the Internet. In addition, most of the staff are students who graduated from the college and never had any other work experience so they are not very good at what they do especially those who rise to the ranks of management. Also the classes are very dated and the professors are not open to upgrading programs (they would need to learn something new). The goal for students who attend college is to obtain employment once they graduate an in order to do this they need to have current skills that are recognized in their industry not stuff from the 1990.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the staff and open your eyes and you will see there are some real issues within the college. Even though I graduated from MSMC and worked in the private sector for 20 years I cannot recommend this college to anyone...simply not the best education money can buy in the area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small College Could be a Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Newburgh, NY
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Newburgh, NY

    I have been working at Mount Saint Mary College

    Pros

    Small college makes it easy to feel like a part of the family
    Great people and community
    Some great perks, like lunchtime yoga classes
    Close to major highways
    Great views of the mountains

    Cons

    High levels of turnover
    Unclear expectations can make it difficult to complete job requirements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that any time management trusts its workers and gives them the freedom to do their job in the best way that they know how that is when the best solutions and work will emerge.

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