SUNY Upstate Medical University Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. College of Medicine

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Faculty and professionals are in a union with contractual protections, benefits and raises. There is good collegiality, the campus and hospital are centrally located, the surrounding community has a very low cost of living. The hospital is well run by an outstanding CEO, medical care and teaching is excellent.

    Cons

    Frequent shifts of leadership create stress for the campus and the hospital that has been palpable in the past. Raises are pegged to the union contract. Research employees work stability is dependent on grant funding. In terms of leadership positions and hires of women Upstate is behind other medical schools. The community in general is a step back in time.

    Advice to Management

    Foster an atmosphere of trust, diversify hires at all levels.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Poor Leadership at the College of Nursing

    Former Employee - Anonymous in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Syracuse, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, New York State Retirement System, UUP Union for faculty and professionals, and decent pay for the area which has a very reasonable cost of living..

    Cons

    Under the current leadership at the College of Nursing, the deparment has the most hostile working environment I have ever encountered. The dean and associate dean are both insulting, belittling monsters that seem to delight in reducing both faculty and staff to tears for absolutely no good reason at all. The dean has placed some kind of untruthful, trumped up disciplinary warning in nearly everyone's personnel file and in the last 15 months, 10 people have left - 5 faculty (including tenured faculty) and 5 staff. This mass exodus alone from such a small department should say it all.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the administration at the College of Nursing ASAP before you lose anymore faculty and staff.


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    Upstate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY

    I have been working at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job is fairly stable.

    Cons

    It's difficult because there are three different kinds of employees with different benefits and rules. State, research foundation and medbest. Medbest is the worst for time off and health coverage.


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  5. research scientist

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    this institute provides good benefits, including health insurance choices, and lot of paid off days; Work time is flexible. People here are nice.

    Cons

    Salary is relative low, no bonus for research positions. A lot of job need to be done even at weekend time.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know each individual's needs, and find out what drives them; provide more training and opportunities for people to shine.


  6. Review for Graduate Studies Program

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Graduate program attached to medical college. Proximity to outdoors activities (woods and lakes). Graduate students don't have to teach courses and can focus on lab work.

    Cons

    Average time to complete PhD (6.5 years) is well over national average of 5.5 years. Most people I knew took 6.5-7 years, and yet others needed extensions beyond that. Location is awful because of weather, poor housing options nearby. Plow doesn't always come early enough for when you have to go to lab. Major hills around campus are unsafe during inclement weather and theft/assault incidents have increased in occurrence over the years within the University area. Poor public transportation---buses never on time or sometimes don't show at all. Minimal cultural food options in downtown area and Syracuse in general.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of students (more than I'm comfortable with) leave this graduate program within the first year to year and a half because they can't find a lab where they fit in. The problem is that the graduate studies program is accepting way more students than they can afford and they make minimal effort to help place students. Students are required to take 3 lab rotations and while some labs may say they have $ to take on a student, they really don't--in other words, some labs use lab rotations as a way to get free labor. Furthermore, a lot of labs have difficulty letting go of graduate students because they can't afford a postdoctoral fellow.


  7. Clinical Research Associate

    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Denver, CO

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of diversity and a chance to meet talented people from all over the world. In general people are friendly and helpfull. There are some good researchers and some good clinical research, and the benefits are o.k.

    Cons

    The salaries are generally less than in other areas in the US. There is not as much emphasis on clinical research as in other medical centers in the country.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better opportunities for advancement.


  8. IT manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work. A lot going on.

    Cons

    Hospital is part of SUNY system so State bureaucracy can be daunting.


  9. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits for SUNY are great

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end


  10. customer service

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    steady job and income and dependable

    Cons

    very tough job and cut throat


  11. RN II

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RN II in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - RN II in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good teamwork, professional, educational opportunities, Union, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    every other weekend, charge duties without pay

    Advice to Management

    Better scheduling



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