Pace University Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
70 Reviews
3.1
70 Reviews
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Pace University President and Trustee Stephen J. Friedman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Friendly staff, but not very professional (in 4 reviews)

  • The past couple of years in particular were filled with change in the University and Career Services (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Overall, the level of disrespect that is given to hard working employees from upper management is alarming (in 6 reviews)

  • the Executive Management in Career Services is awful; they don't care about staff, only promote "yes" people and take advantage of hard working staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pace University

    Pros

    Great working environment and dedicated bosses. Great for personal growth and leadership training for life outside of college.

    Cons

    There are no cons to this job. The benefits of the position are much more than monetary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Where Careers Go To Die and Talent Runs For The Hills

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pace University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flex time, tuition remission (NYU pays for doctorates and CUNY will cost you less in taxes so Pace's tuition remission program is behind the curve), unlimited sick days, and ample vacation. That is it. There are a few departments that are great to work for such as ITS, Study Abroad, CAE, CCAR, Student Success.

    Pace University in general isn't a bad place. ITS and many of the auxiliary and administrative offices are a delight, but there lurks a few places that are black holes for talent ensuring that all the joy, passion, and hope that do many bring to their profession is promptly sucked out and only a jaded, burnt out shell is left behind. Career Services is one of these places. In any place turnover is expected and can be a good allowing for an infusion of ideas. However Career Services is different. They typically have a staff of between 20-25 across three campuses. In less than 20 months, about 26 people (not including the parade of student assistants) have left including 80% of management.

    Cons

    At one time Career Services was one of its signature departments and a shining example of how to develop the next generation of talent and programs that were geared to students. Today the department is plagued with mismanagement and poor leadership which fosters a culture of mediocrity, poor morale, elitism, and puts student career development second only to finding creative ways to inflate their placement numbers while making sure it is legal instead of ethical. As for salary, they are joke. They start their admin staff and career counselors close to 20-30% less than comparable schools. Want a raise? Enjoy the "generous" 2.0-2.7% merit raise based on a performance appraisal that is laborious and so subjective that HR orders managers to limit the number of folks they can give high marks to minimize costs. There are no bonuses or wage increases to reward efficiency, experience, certifications, or other milestones. Want job advancement? If you're an admin person or support staff you're out of luck. Counselors can strive to be senior career counselors or assistant directors, but recently Associate Director and above are left to the truly incompetent or those willing to let their souls die and never question the status quo or the executive director. Looking to be creative and want resources to support you? This isn't the place for you. Look elsewhere. Baruch, NYU, Manhattan College, NYIT are better alternatives. But what about professional development? Sure, you can attend conferences if you're upper management or love to kiss butt. Otherwise it is not happening unless it is free or if management decides to throw the occasional crumbs at the lower tier. Mentoring and leadership? Who has time? Counselor caseloads are insanely high because people keep leaving. So much so that students and alumni complain about long waits to see counselors or hear a response via email or phone. Their attempt at turning the office to a placement office underscores their desire for numbers vs helping students. They are heavily relying on temps because they are not willing to pay career counselors a marketable salary and finding qualified folks is harder than ever because their reputation is in the toilet. If management's plan was to make the department look foolish, unprofessional, push out experienced and talented employees, offer less career development, and appear impotent: mission accomplished.

    If you still decide to take the plunge and apply to a job at this department, -- have an exit strategy. Plan to use those unlimited sick days for interviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contrary to popular belief this isn't how other universities or companies do things. If you want to avoid a possible lawsuit in the future, decrease turnover, and actually demonstrate you care about students, clean house! Get rid of upper management at Career Services, say no to Yes people, and audit HR. If there was such thing as professional negligence for Career Services professionals, management would be sued for malpractice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different types of students requires different math tutor.

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in New York, NY

    I worked at Pace University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The best reason to work there if you have a lot of free time and you are math major.

    Cons

    Many student don't know simple math. It is hard to explain a materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not nice but smart

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Graduates

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pace University

    Pros

    They help my work spontaneously

    Cons

    The efficiency can be improved

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management.

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    Current Employee - Student Aide  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Student Aide in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pace University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have great benefits and pay for my education. My direct supervisor is understanding and trustworthy.

    Cons

    There is zero room for professional growth unless you have been in one position for multiple years. The managers are sneaky and abusive to the employees. They don't give credit for work done by staff. Employees are over worked and get paid very little compared to other universities. Managers claim that there is an open door policy but as soon as you come with an issue or feedback you are either shot down or written up. Staff members are frequently not properly trained on all work duties and then thrown into situations were they are bound to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise higher people, like the provost and VP's, to really take a good look at who they are putting in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience as a Student Aide.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pace University

    Pros

    Training.
    Flexible hours.
    Great environment.
    Friendly staff members.

    Cons

    The lack of ability for growth in the position.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited Room for Professional Growth

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pace University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent place to get an education.

    Cons

    Salaries are too low. Overtime not paid. Only comp options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into salary disparities. Many highly educated staff members are not compensated properly. Despite so many horrible administrators, many staff leave and they remain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pleasantville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasantville, NY

    I worked at Pace University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/Life balance. Lots of vacation days and holidays including the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Summers off if you are a professor (unless you elect to teach summer school). Free education for you and your immediate family.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive with other universities for the same positions and far below private industry. Very little camaraderie. Cut-throat atmosphere. Constant turnover and reorganization. Budgets are tight for any extras such as attending professional conferences, hosting an event or even getting a new computer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Unstable

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

    I worked at Pace University full-time

    Pros

    Was a friendly and harmonious place to work. There was mutual cooperation and trust. Paid vacations include personal, Christmas thru New Years, and summer Fridays.

    Cons

    New management is not transparent. Suddenly lots of politics. Budgets are constant source of concern. Staff is not recognized properly for contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Couldn't be a student

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    Current Employee - Student Aide  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Student Aide in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pace University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible schedule, free food & you usually get to know about things going on in the university before the other kids.

    Cons

    University bureaucracy, you feel more like staff than a student, you work and go to school in the same building, no networking opportunities, they kick you out after you graduate, doesn't look super great on a resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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