SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
43 Reviews
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43 Reviews
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  1.  

    somewhat positive

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

    Pros

    Although downsized recently, the facility gave me a year's notice in order to seek a position within the organization, I was fortunate to get my employment extended for an additional six months in another department. HR was proactive in setting up workshops for resume writing and to upgrade computer skills. With several unions in place, pay increases were usually given annually as opposed to private industry.

    Cons

    There was too much turmoil and changes in senior leadership which lead to uncertainty and fear in the workplace.
    Lay offs were done too broadly based on titles as opposed to actual work requirements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My First Experience in the Working World

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY Downstate Medical Center part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hired me with no prior experience
    Offered me a longer-term position even though I only worked part-time
    Friendly management
    Helpful coworkers
    Convenient location
    Peaceful office culture

    Cons

    I cannot think of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to offer entry-level positions and a supportive work environment to those seeking to start their professional careers.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Gained invaluable experiene

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Downstate Medical Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Multicultural environment
    - Meet interesting people
    - Flexible hours (depends on the department and employer)
    - Can learn a lot if you take initiative
    - Helpful and friendly staff (many of them, at least)

    Cons

    - Not much room for advancement
    - Research quality is great in some labs and not so much in others
    - Not a lot of funding in the basic sciences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put as much focus (if not more) on the basic sciences as you do on the medical school.
    It will benefit the entire establishment in the long run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Multicultural but frustrating administration- take care of great patients,

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Downstate Medical Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great patient population- interesting care challenges, state benefits are generous, most of the employees are nice and the culture is generally easygoing.

    Cons

    inflexible, boneheaded administration. Unclear what the long term plan or goal is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more flexible, pay better,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A great internship experience with people who really care about what they do.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mental Health Counseling in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Mental Health Counseling in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at SUNY Downstate Medical Center as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great supervision. Very welcoming teachers, staff and therapists who work in a team approach.

    Cons

    Only problem was after the internship was over, there were no available paid positions at the school.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good working experience for 30+ years at SUNY downstate.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant

    I have been working at SUNY Downstate Medical Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Multicultural environment, meet interesting people from various countries. Took time off whenever I needed to and other employees and myself was able to work our vacation schedule without a problem.

    Cons

    You can work for many years without the department offering you a raise; unless you speak up you will never get one (they always claim that there is no money to give you one) but trust me, they have it but just want you to work hard and be a nice employee and don't ask for a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is now in the process of restructuring Downstate and as a result some of us have lost or will be losing our jobs. The problem is that management is not taking into consideration that they are getting rid of valuable employees that make (and have made) major contributions to the hospital and the College of Medicine. Retrenching employees who have done outstanding work for so many years that they have been working there, is wrong. I suggest that the president do some research on employees who are recommended for retrenchment before signing the letters; take a look at the employees work history and performance evaluations. The job title and the tasks performed by an employee does not go hand in hand. If the work that an employee perform doesn't belong in that department, then move the employee to the right location and avoid retrenching him/her.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Dysfunctional Research Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

    Pros

    Colleagues are supportive and generous

    Cons

    administration is dysfunctional, obstructive towards basic science and clinical research, and retaliatory towards any perception of criticism; culture of suspision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Think hard about this place.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY Downstate Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Sick patients. Decent benefits. Some of the patients have no where else to go, therefore, lots of pathology is seen.

    Cons

    Difficult work environment. Lack of support from upper management. More effective and engaged leadership would be helpful. Lack of staff for some areas

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    NICE PLACE TO WORK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Downstate Medical Center as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    i like working their because of the nice co-workers. good opportunity to learn and get experience.

    Cons

    The people who work in HR take so long to process hiring for all the background check and paper work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good for the community the people need it

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Janitor in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Janitor in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at SUNY Downstate Medical Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    it like being with family working everyday

    Cons

    having more staff to work on a daily bases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the hospital is needed in the community it has being there for 130 years and it is one of the best in brooklyn please keep it going

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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