SUNY Albany Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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SUNY Albany President Robert J. Jones
Robert J. Jones
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Pros
  • Very nice working environment, low work load, good pay (in 5 reviews)

  • The best reason(s) to work here: Competitive salary, great people to work with and beautiful surroundings (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • So sometimes the actions of isolated groups of students could negatively reflect and affect the entire student body (ie, kegs and eggs, fountain day) (in 2 reviews)

  • faculty would not for any infraction); also provided untruths in employee reviews (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SUNY Albany

    Pros

    Nice work environment; good balance between life and work

    Cons

    no cons that I can think of


  2. Place to be!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SUNY Albany full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Going in the right and clear direction. Lots of opportunity for those willing to take it. Dedicated resource pool and a great mission.

    Cons

    Change is hard in the higher ed industry. Staff not used to taking leadership and expect it to be spoon fed.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course.


  3. Adjunct Professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Albany, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Albany

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality institution, caring faculty and staff, meaningful work.

    Cons

    Lack of support for adjunct at times, need more robust evaluation of teachers and teaching approaches as many students don't feel challenged enough and basing a masters degree on paper writing skills (for social workers) is an ineffective way to gauge readiness for a career in social work.

    Advice to Management

    Build in more support staff for adjuncts and part time students as well. Have experienced staff sit in on a class to evaluate all staff and faculty. Offer more trainings for all staff in innovative approaches to education. Advocate for better pay for adjuncts since we teach the majority of classes it seems.


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  5. Graduate Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY Albany part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative and supportive staff with exposure to all the high tech tools and labs

    Cons

    Lack of human resources to support such large number of students

    Advice to Management

    Improve the human resources facilities to gain more professional value in the system


  6. Helpful (1)

    Instuctor

    Current Employee - Instructor in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Instructor in Albany, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Albany full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great professors in history and politics departments

    Cons

    Administration doesn't value teachers or pay them adequately


  7. Helpful (1)

    Typical TA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY Albany

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good community and good experience

    Cons

    TAs are overworked and underpaid


  8. Research Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY Albany part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Small team, great environment conducive to learning.

    Cons

    NIH funding and research grants are hard to get!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, and pay attention to the undergrads and work with them on their strengths and weakneeses.


  9. Art Department - Photography

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - N/A in Albany, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Albany full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A colleague liked working with students.

    Cons

    Arrogant. Dishonest. Disrespectful. No integrity. Take credit for other's work. Do a disservice to students by investing in film equipment when virtually all students will be using digital tools.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly urge the senior photo professors to leave the university. They give the university a bad name.


  10. Visiting Assistant Professor (Graduate Level)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SUNY Albany full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, opportunities for collaboration actively fostered by administration, support for grant development, students who are generally invested in their careers and future.

    Cons

    Constant reminders of enrollment targets and pursuing external funding -- but it's a research institution, so it's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    My dean and department chairs are consistently supportive and visible in the campus community.


  11. Great place to work - Life Science Research

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY Albany full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement as a state employee. Decent pay compared to cost of living in the area. Flexible scheduling and good work environment, Much of this depends on direct supervisor or department.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy to deal with, again as a state employee. Job satisfaction often depends specifically on who you work for or what department you're in.



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