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College of Saint Rose Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. "Student Caller Knightwire"

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    Former Employee - Student Caller in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Student Caller in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at College of Saint Rose (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were flexible hours for students.

    Cons

    The program got cut and then brought back


  2. "Materials and Supply Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College of Saint Rose full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Time off benefits, health care benefits and some really great people to work with.

    Cons

    You will never get a raise. If you are not hired as management, you will never be considered for a managerial position regardless if you are qualified or not. All maintenance staff are union employees, Management staff finds it easier to yell at office staff about things than to confront a union employee because they are afraid of the backlash from the union. All in all, if you are looking for an easy job, that comes with a decent amount of drama, this is the perfect place for you. If you are looking for the next pay raise and advancement, stay far away, because this is the place where careers go to die.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your employees knowledge and skill set rather than side with building maintenance workers so they have an excuse to be lazy and not follow established protocols.

  3. "Unpleasant Working Experience"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Profes in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Profes in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at College of Saint Rose full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, some staff are friendly

    Cons

    Working for the Institutional Advancement was a disaster for me. I wasn't qualified for the role I was hired for and was treated horribly by upper management for not having amazing fundraising ideas right off the bat. Training and support was promised during the interview process and none was given.

    Advice to Management

    REALLY consider who you are hiring and what experience they have. Do not promise to train someone if you don't have the time or desire to. Consider a person's feeling and realize they are more than just a body in a chair.


  4. "student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College of Saint Rose full-time

    Pros

    diverse, fun, happy, vibrant, small

    Cons

    expensive, city life, need better dining, more parking


  5. "Culture Challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at College of Saint Rose full-time

    Pros

    Some high level administrators really love the school and are committed to improving the experience for employees and students alike. There is some school spirit, parking is pretty cheap (compared to other institutions), and it is hopefully going in a better direction than when I was there. Also, if you bring a reusable cup to the on-campus Starbucks, you will get (at least when I was there) $1 off your coffee.

    Cons

    Some lower level administrators have no interest in professional development or support, no real opportunities for growth

    Advice to Management

    The organization is getting way too top-heavy - how about not as many vice president roles?


  6. "I like my employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College of Saint Rose part-time

    Pros

    amazing and positive environment, great support and people.

    Cons

    sometimes feels like low pay


  7. "graduate assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at College of Saint Rose full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great supervisor and friendly environtment.

    Cons

    nothing to say cons about the position.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Out of touch leaders in all ranks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at College of Saint Rose full-time

    Pros

    Medical/Dental/Vision is very good in comparison to what other employers in the area are offering. The vacation time is pretty standard, and the ancillary benefit of a discounted education is pretty nice, with the caveat that a degree from this institution is somewhat degraded in accolade.

    Cons

    From the top down, there is this attitude of fear that is spread across campus. Collaboration, and creativity is stifled, while mid level managers clock in and clock out each day. Huge levels of turnover that do not seem to be slowing down make everyone nervous and the leadership does not seem to be heeding the advice of the campus community. Respectfully, having a "President" who views most of the faculty as her enemy, and her staff as "replaceable" creates a pretty nasty culture. Students are told that the administration does not have their best interests at heart, and the staff are forced to work harder for less, while the president's inner circle is treated to catered dinners, private events, and raises. Anyone who attempts to even challenge the president is silenced and forced out of the institution.

    Advice to Management

    If you listen to the community surrounding the college, make choices that recognize those concerns, and work to restore the vibrancy that once was, you might find yourself the namesake of an academic building. At this rate however, the divide between leaders, instructors, and staff is only getting wider. Creative solutions should be encouraged, and trust should be something that precedes all conversations.


  9. "President and Board Destroying Fine Institution"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Staff in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at College of Saint Rose full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great students, hard work and caring staff, committed and talented faculty, nice campus, great traditions of community that are sadly being destroyed by the current leadership.

    Cons

    Poor salaries, awful benefits, no respect for staff or faculty, corporate mentality on the part of administration that leads to valuing marketing and profit over student development and meaningful education.

    Advice to Management

    The Board should ask the President to step down immediately and to take her inner-circle entourage with her. Those yes-women should be replaced and a strong Provost should be brought in who understands the importance of higher education as a public good rather than a corporate tool. The current upper-level administrators--particularly those in the inner circle--have not achieved any of their stated goals--improved enrollment, a signature first year experience, better graduate enrollment, etc. because they do not know how to work with faculty and they abuse many on their staffs. The College needs new leadership.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Full time faculty"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at College of Saint Rose full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Students are wonderful, many colleagues are supportive, school is in a vibrant part of town, nice campus

    Cons

    The administration send out monthly emails praising their own accomplishments with hardly any mention of faculty and staff, many of whom are killing themselves to compensate for faculty and staff cuts. Administration is scolding and disrespectful in the way they speak about faculty. Students are being sold lies, as there has been scant transparency with students and parents about the impact of faculty cuts on their education. Benefits have been horribly slashed- little to no professional development, poor medical benefits policy, no employer contribution to retirement. Faculty, please take note- your work is valuable and your interests should be represented. Mobilize! Prospective faculty, especially those early in career, look elsewhere until/ unless things stabilize and improve.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention- support faculty, appreciate staff, speak directly to the students. The heart of the college is crumbling. Recognize the rights and contributions of your faculty and staff, especially during this difficult time. Stop perpetuating an adversarial environment- you are alienating the college's best assets and advocates.


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