SUNY at New Paltz

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SUNY at New Paltz Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
19 Reviews
3.9
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very friendly people, great work environment, little to no support for growth and development

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst  in  New Paltz, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New Paltz, NY

    I worked at SUNY at New Paltz full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are great. I got along well with almost everyone. It was not a high stress environment. Most people are open to ideas, and most people are rather liberal-minded in general.

    Cons

    There were budgeting issues. When I left . we were getting pay cuts and furloughs after years of no raises. I barely made more than when I started after taking on increasing amounts of responsibility year after year. They did not offer promotion or development. I could have been even more effective with the proper tools and skillset, but they would not allow the time or money for these. That ultimately lead me to seek employment elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out the budget. The state isn't going to give you more money. Get it together with fundraising. It is how it is done all over the country. When you cannot provide raises, offer something else instead....training, extra time paid time off, promotions... You lose good people, because their efforts are not rewarded properly.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    : )

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SUNY at New Paltz full-time

    Pros

    Great community and work-life balance

    Students are wonderful

    Most professionals are kind and approachable

    Wonderful location

    Cons

    Low pay

    Not always recognized for contributions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great people, great culture

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst  in  New Paltz, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New Paltz, NY

    I worked at SUNY at New Paltz full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are friendly. Everyone works as a team. I miss it.

    Cons

    There were budget cuts, and I did really have too many development opportunities, which is what wanted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you provide development opportunities for people looking to learn more and advance.

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  5.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Coach  in  New Paltz, NY
    Former Employee - Coach in New Paltz, NY

    I worked at SUNY at New Paltz part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    School, a little run down, but has a nice artsy vibe.

    Cons

    some may think its a little too rural

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Graduate Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SUNY at New Paltz

    Pros

    Learn new content
    Good for international student because it does not use the visa

    Cons

    Salary is very low compared to the number of hours

  7.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SUNY at New Paltz

    Pros

    Environment- the environment is very relaxed and everyone looks our for one another.
    Team Work- the team work is very well done and everyone is on the same page

    Cons

    Reporting- It can take time for someone to report back to you with information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only thing I would say is be more time conscious when it comes to replying to emails/questions

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Open/friendly environment with layers of dysfunction

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    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  New Paltz, NY
    Current Employee - Lecturer in New Paltz, NY

    I have been working at SUNY at New Paltz full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The campus and village provide a very accepting atmosphere and picturesque location. The administration seems to support intellectual freedom. Diversity is a big buzzword on campus, and the faculty, staff, and students reflect positive core values overall in embracing that facet of the school's identity.

    Cons

    The students are a highly mixed bag when it comes to academic performance: as an instructor you see everything under the sun. While I was fortunate to have a 5-10% pool of stellar students, the vast majority can be summed up as indifferent, apathetic, inattentive, and intellectually adrift. They are looking to be entertained and struggle to engage with even basic concepts. Deductive reasoning skills, direction-following, and cultural preparation prior to college are borderline abysmal (e.g. not knowing where Sydney was in the world, or very generally, what Galileo did of great import.). As an instructor, especially if tasked with freshman-heavy courses, the students expect to do 25% of the actual work involved in the clearly stated objectives. Students from New York City generally need the greatest amount of remedial help even though they often demonstrate an apparent willingness to work hard. Students from Long Island, and there are many, represent the worst of that demographic, generally - overindulged in their upbringing, under-challenged, and oblivious of their own faults to the point of arrogance.

    The College has been promoting itself as an increasingly selective institution, as reflected in the applicant pool and testing scores of those admitted. To me, this is largely misleading - a PR push to increase visibility for a distinctly mediocre institution - after having taught at the school for several years and witnessing a flat if not downward trend in the quality of students. Faculty members are saddled with heavy teaching loads and significant advising duties; these combined with a personal research agenda and the desire to maintain an active presence at campus activities... something has to give. The financial remuneration for all of these significant efforts is lackluster given the cost of living in the area, and satisfaction from students' intellectual commitment and growth - as highlighted above - cannot be factored into the equation unless focusing on a narrow range.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer less show, more substance. Implement stronger retirement initiatives for that swath of fossilized faculty members who bog down general faculty meetings with their rhetorical-philosophical attempts at oneupmanship. Return to a more classical General Education framework as opposed to PC touchy-feely categories satisfied by 'intellectually rigorous' courses such as "History of Rock" or "History of Jazz". Insist on and monitor the skills/craft of elocution in both writing and speaking, not to mention logical argumentation and close reading (ideas that are supposedly central to the mission of the school yet are fundamentally lacking in students every step of the way.) Dismantle the culture of non-conformity (while maintaining openness and inclusion)... i.e. the 'fight the power' attitude that causes naive students to question rules before they even have a solid grasp of what those rules are.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9.  

    Stable academic life with limited growth

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor

    I worked at SUNY at New Paltz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The school has good work/life balance.

    Cons

    SUNY New Paltz offered relatively low compensation, low annual merit raise, and minimum increase over promotions. School did not offer sufficient funding for research.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  10.  

    Friendly and relaxed environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY at New Paltz

    Pros

    it is a small campus and easy to figure your way around.
    people are friendly and the environment is very quite.

    Cons

    the town is some what isolated ( if you came from the City's mentality)

  11.  

    The college athletic center is a good place for students to work a part time job

    Current Employee - Fitness Monitor  in  New Paltz, NY
    Current Employee - Fitness Monitor in New Paltz, NY

    I have been working at SUNY at New Paltz part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I am a student athlete who worked in the wellness and recreation center. Everyone there was really nice and they were flexible with working around my busy schedule

    Cons

    The only con to working in the athletic and wellness center was that it could get a little boring sometimes

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