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Stony Brook University Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
159 Reviews
3.8
159 Reviews
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Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Environment is very good, people are nice, plenty of parking plots (in 13 reviews)

  • Large Research I University on Long Island (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Salary is only high enough for cost of living, not recommended for non-student job seekers (in 5 reviews)

  • High living expense and less assistance from the undergraduates students (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    RA chemistry in SBU

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stony Brook University full-time

    Pros

    the health insurance is good.
    workload not hard

    Cons

    difficult to find jobs after graduate

  2.  

    Front Desk Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stony Brook University part-time

    Pros

    It's just like any other front desk job, answer phone calls and questions when people come in.When the office isn't as busy, you can study and do whatever you want. The people here are really nice and it's a minimal stress environment.

    Cons

    Sadly, it was minimum wage. I wish the pay was a little higher.

  3.  

    Nice Atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Transfer Advisor  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Transfer Advisor in Stony Brook, NY

    I have been working at Stony Brook University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    People are very friendly within departments. Nice work atmosphere. There is room to advance as long as you have a Masters degree and previous experience.

    Cons

    Hard to get in full time and permanent . It is a large university with lots of jobs offered , but so many people apply to each open position making it difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good experience to learn

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Stony Brook, NY

    I have been working at Stony Brook University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    While doing research, you could learn a lot of high -tech tendencies. The payment is sufficient for singles, and enough for a couple.

    Cons

    Some supervisors are very push.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you are lucky to find the good people, you will excel.

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Assistant  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Assistant in Stony Brook, NY

    I have been working at Stony Brook University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Large organization, good benefits, some good people to offset the lazy ones.

    Cons

    Large organization--lots of favoritism, lots of ignoring state policies and regulations to satisfy personal needs, many are grossly overpaid and others grossly underpaid. Don't get me wrong-there are some outstanding people working here, but they are outnumbered by the cliche state workers, who have that "it's not in my job description" attitude. If you're lucky to fall into a position working for one of the good people, you will love it. Otherwise, don't bother trying to do your best because it won't matter one bit. Don't bother reporting anyone either, or you'll make a heck of a lot of trouble for yourself. Unions-useless. Labor Relations-useless. A lot of topheavy depts. with really bad management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster trust and a good work ethic, listen to employees who are in the trenches, offer real advancement opportunities. President of the University seems to have great ideals, is extremely intelligent and capable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    bureaucratic. old and lacking research infrastructure

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    Current Employee - Tech  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Tech in Stony Brook, NY

    I have been working at Stony Brook University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good gym and manageable commute to NYC

    Cons

    horrible winter, way too expensive apartment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Stony Brook, NY

    I have been working at Stony Brook University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly department staff, friendly professors

    Cons

    Buildings and facilities are very old and dated, department is not well funded, the pay is way below the living standard of the surrounding area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Resident Assistant

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Stony Brook, NY

    I worked at Stony Brook University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free housing, build-up social skills and confidence, meet diverse groups of people.

    Cons

    Seemingly outdated approach towards enriching student life for mature and serious students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust your approach towards graduate and non-traditional student employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    My graduate student and postdoc experience

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Stony Brook, NY

    I have been working at Stony Brook University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great education, pretty good reputation for a state school, shifted focus on research with new president, ivy league style rebranding, some new construction

    Cons

    funds are tight, too many old faculty who need to retire, copious bureaucracy, not opportunities for new faculty, no start-up funding, salaries do not match the local cost of living, not enough affordable housing for students and postdocs, many antiquated and dilapidated facilities, harsh winters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thin out the bureaucracy, enforce mandatory retirements for unproductive faculty, provide start-up packages for new faculty, provide opportunities for postdoc to become non-tenure track faculty

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    student

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    Former Employee - Student  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Student in Stony Brook, NY

    I worked at Stony Brook University for more than a year

    Pros

    low tuition and cost, long island is a good place to live

    Cons

    long distance from NY city

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