SUNY Brockport Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
10 reviews filtered by
  • Brockport, NY
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
2.9
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
SUNY Brockport President John R. Halstead
John R. Halstead
5 Ratings

10 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Graduate Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Graduate Assistant in Brockport, NY
    Current Intern - Graduate Assistant in Brockport, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Treated like a true faculty member. Very friendly and respectful atmosphere.

    Cons

    I do not find any issues with this organization, I only have nice things to say at this time.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management. It seems like there is cohesion in the group which helps organizational behavior.


  2. Great leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Desktop Support/Student Web Developer in Brockport, NY
    Former Employee - Desktop Support/Student Web Developer in Brockport, NY

    I worked at SUNY Brockport part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great leadership especially in the webdev team. Very knowledgeable full-time staff. Supervisors very approachable and helpful in problem solving. Very flexible hours for part-time students.

    Cons

    Pay is minimal with few opportunities for raises. No other serious cons. Sometimes hours are limited due to overstaffing.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Very poor future outlook for an institution with an already poor regional reputation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Brockport, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Brockport, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of friendly, open-minded, devoted people working very hard in the lower echelons of this institution. The brick-filled campus has a visual charm. New Athletics facilities are nice and modern. The Physical Education program has seen a large (unsustainable in my opinion) growth of students and resources on campus. Winter break is longer than most universities (5 weeks) and no work is done during that period (campus fully shuts down for 2 weeks), affording an opportunity to spend a long stretch of time away from the local harsh winter. Tenure-track faculty are hired to work only from Mid-August to Mid-May (9-month contracts; the campus is practically deserted in summer). Contract renewals must be decided on, one year prior to their expiration. Some of the benefits are really good. Health insurance plans are paid 90% by the State, 10% by the employee; whereas 401K contributions are matched up to 7% until tenure (after tenure State contributes 15%). Dental and Vision are not covered, unless you join the Union of University Professors. Sabbatical leaves are available after 7 years of work (half academic year leave at full pay, or full academic year leave at half pay). Sick day leave is available to faculty, but no PTO.

    Cons

    Very poor outlook. Among the Western New York region (where most students come from), Brockport has a reputation as a "party school". This is regularly reinforced by local media stories, which degrades the morale of faculty and public perception of those who work for this institution (who wants to work for a institution not respected by most locals?). For instance, a large-scale party held in the last day of classes of the academic year (formerly known as Brock the Port) regularly produced a plethora of bad PR stories due to the reckless behavior of students in the entire vicinity of campus. It has cemented the regional "party school" image for decades among high school students. This, in turn, has brought in a large share of new students every year who are attracted by that "party school" fame. Needless to say, faculty have had to deal with a progressively larger number of students who are not academically-inclined and have little interest in learning. They inflate the less academically-demanding majors on campus that cater to that student population. Financially, the trend is poor too. New York State has substantially decreased its funding of State schools due to budgetary problems that are unlikely to change. Faculty have recently been forced in furloughs and salaries were frozen. The salary increase from promotion is minimal. Concerns about decreases in application/enrollment targets has led the institution to relax standards and bring even more poorly-prepared students. Probably the worst con is the quality of middle and upper management. It is plagued by a small town/small network mentality with a culture to promote individuals from within, even when there are more talented people from another institution who apply for a job. The proliferation of middle-management and non-academic personnel has been staggering, and has exacerbated the institution's financial woes. Recently, SUNY Brockport almost lost its Middle States Accreditation (which would disqualify students from securing federal loans) due to a major lapse by upper management and that resulted in an enormous amount of rushed and unexpected workload onto the regular faculty. Those responsible for that blunder remained in power. All in all, these image, financial, and management problems point to a very bleak future for this institution. It is not a place for a long-term career commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Clear house.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Decent job

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

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule, student interaction, no micromanagement

    Cons

    feeling that staff are unimportant in faculty's eyes, too much work

    Advice to Management

    workload creep is an ever-present issue. While we are happy to take on tasks when possible, there tends to be a constant feeling of "it has to be done, but there is nothing one else to do it"


  6. Helpful (1)

    No resources = no success

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

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, many of the people, interaction with youth, grounds, importance of the work we are doing.

    Cons

    A 40% reduction in state support is taking a toll. The last four years have seen deteriorating morale, performance, an increased workload, fighting for resources, and bitterness. The climate is turning toxic. I still have hope it is temporary.

    Advice to Management

    I thrive working independently. Yet some leadership is necessary. I don't feel it exists at this time.


  7. After one academic year I'm ready to leave

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Living in Brockport is nice...

    Cons

    The Chair of the Department is incompetent, autocratic and plays favorites. Junior faculty, especially women are stifled and demoralized. I was lied to by the Chair at interview. The Dean and upper management know all this and do nothing. The salaries are frozen and at promotion salary increase is a joke. If you want to live out your days as a cog in the machine then this is the place for you...

    Advice to Management

    Clean out middle management and respect academic faculty as professionals.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Climate of Mediocrity

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

    I worked at SUNY Brockport full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were still some good people left that truly value student success but they are few and far between anymore.

    Cons

    Morale is incredibly low because senior management plays favorites and if you disagree you are simply discarded in favor of someone that will tell them what they want to hear. Senior management says they are about student success but what they forget is that the people on the ground actually assisting students are tired, feel under appreciated and are getting fed up.

    Advice to Management

    By favoring those that only tell you want you want to hear, you have created a climate of mediocrity. The ones that stay either have to because of their salaries or because they are in favor for the moment. It is no way to run a college that is supposed to be all about student success.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Save yourself some time, keep looking...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct in Brockport, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Union has good food.

    Cons

    Tenure and unions help people to hang on to their jobs when a lot of them should not be leading a classroom and aren't pulling their weight from a research/publications/service perspective. Being a state school, the hoops that you have to jump through in order to do anything is maddening and everything is left to committees who fight over everything. Lots of egos and opinions from folks who don't want to do the work that needs to be done to drive the College forward. This place could turn an eternal optimist into a complete curmudgeon.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who actually care, are willing to put the necessary work in, and aren't just looking for a pay check.


  10. Very Enjoyable Work Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Brockport, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very accepting environment. Open to hear ideas

    Cons

    Slightly monotonous. Very "in your face"

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Both a student and part-time student employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Tutor in Brockport, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a good place to work for students while attending school and classes

    Cons

    There is not much communication between departments. There are a few times when no one knew what the next step in the process was, when many of the employees have worked in the department for many years.



Showing 10 of 17 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.