Stony Brook University Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
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Pros
  • Environment is very good, people are nice, plenty of parking plots (in 14 reviews)

  • Most people have good education background since sbu is the only good high education school on long island (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is only high enough for cost of living, not recommended for non-student job seekers (in 4 reviews)

  • Low pay, Increased workload, less opportunity to meet new people, less job security, increased likelihood of menial tasks, limited mobility (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stony Brook University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good working environment for employee

    Cons

    High living cost and other expense

    Advice to Management

    improve research quality

  2. System Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stony Brook University

    Pros

    Nice place to work with some stability

    Cons

    To much politics, have to wory about stepping on people's feet

  3. PhD student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Stony Brook, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I've had an amazing PI because of his support and connections. My project is a collaboration between government, academia, and industry, so I'm not stuck in a bubble. The project is both fundamental and applied, which makes it a surprisingly fun project (not a common theme in grad school). I'm grateful for the support, and the proximity to Brookhaven National Lab is large bonus in terms of access. People in the I like that it has a train station for the Long Island Railroad, which makes getting to New York City endurable.

    Cons

    Small pay, although I am paid more than most graduate students. Perhaps the worst part is the terrible administration of the university. Excessive paperwork, one hand not aware of the other, and the general lack of resources. My department is hampered by the usual political agendas of its faculty, and grant money is a continuing problem, but that problem is common to nearly all science departments these days. My lab is utterly dependent on aging equipment that get by on cannibalized components. The user interface for purchasing materials and equipment is horrid due to the intentional complexity; more hoops to jump through than necessary. People who have been with this institution longer than me have noted of the incremental decline in the overall management. Something has go to give, and I'm glad to be out of there before it really hits the fan.

    Advice to Management

    Please please get the different departments and agencies more integrated. The consensus among everyone here is that one hand does not know what the other is doing. Get the different departments to talk to each more, and simplify the process/interface for purchase orders.

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  5. Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stony Brook University

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

    Pros

    The people are nice, nice work environment

    Cons

    They assign things to you without giving the proper notification or time.

  6. I have been working in SBU for three years. I like the location, the great culture here. Time is flexible.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stony Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stony Brook, NY

    I worked at Stony Brook University full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Time is flexible. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Some of the Administrative departments have the attitudes of officialdom. Low salary.

    Advice to Management

    Think about what your team shouldn't be spending time on.

  7. Lots of room for advancement within the hospital.

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    Current Employee - Sterile Processing Technician in Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Sterile Processing Technician in Stony Brook, NY

    I have been working at Stony Brook University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    State Benefits, room for advancement

    Cons

    Lower pay than private hospitals.

  8. Stony Brook University or the Medical Center employ many people on LI. It is one of the biggest industries in Suffolk.

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

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

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

    Pros

    It is in close proximity to my home.

    Cons

    I have worked in the medical center for 13 years and haven't seen any negatives.

    Advice to Management

    The Dean of Medicine should be more visible to the students and the employees of Stony Brook Medical Center.

  9. The faculty and fellow coworkers I worked with are very caring, supportive, and hardworking

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

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

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

    Pros

    Staff members are very supportive. Relaxing work environment.

    Cons

    Poor communication between other Stony Brook Departments

    Advice to Management

    More events just for faculty members?

  10. Graduate Assistant

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

    I worked at Stony Brook University

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

    Pros

    The staff was very friendly, and enacted an open door policy. It was a nice area to live in, with decent pay. Most offices are very flexible with time.

    Cons

    There's not too much room for growth, as people tend to stay in positions for a long time. As a state funded institution, the pay is not competitive and always subject to changing state policies.

    Advice to Management

    Some members on the higher echelons of administration are hard to contact. I would suggest being more responsive to emails, and create more opportunities for faculty and staff to interact.

  11. Good learning experience in Stony Brook University

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Stony Brook University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to balance job and family, Smart and affectionate people.

    Cons

    Not good quality of meals on campus

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