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Cooper Union Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  1. "Working in the computer center"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Center Operator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Computer Center Operator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Union part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the computer center is mostly being on call so you usually get a good amount of studying done. Chris Lent and Bob Hopkins are great people to work with, very knowledgeable and friendly! You can learn a lot from this job.

    Cons

    Some full time faculty in the computer center are very hard to work with. They will make working here challenging but this is what you will face in the real world. Good to gain experience.

    Advice to Management

    This is not aimed toward Chris Lent or Bob Hopkins. Other management, please try to treat your operators more kindly.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Cooper Union"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cooper Union full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am not able to see any.

    Cons

    Toxic working environment, racist attitudes. "Mafia" group rules the place. Employees are over worked and not well paid.


  3. "Pros & Cons of working as a CUCC Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Center Operator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Computer Center Operator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Union part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great college
    -Great coworkers
    -Good salary compensation
    -Integrates work into student life
    -Open work space which allows for students to ask questions about work

    Cons

    -Could be a bit more interesting
    -Could have a bit more interesting aspects ( more exciting tasks)
    -Other than that not many cons

    Advice to Management

    Give a bit more interesting tasks to students. It makes the job more interesting and it could be a motivation for student workers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Elecronics Lab Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Electronics Lab Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Electronics Lab Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The faculty and students make it all worthwhile. I loved the school and it had and still has my heart.

    I retired and they gave me a wonderful sendoff.

    Cons

    Administration is not involved with what really goes on. I was not backed up as far as any authority goes and one personality conflict was not addressed year after year until I chose to leave a place I loved. One of the 2 best jobs I ever had bu the role of my supervisor, the deans office was always only in a punitive and not supportive role. All my good works was largely ignored by the administration who was rarely there. The supervisor for all staff was the Dean who was really totally uninvolved. Great work or minimal work was largely treated the same. My extreme motivation was whittled away year by year so I used reaching retirement age as way to leave .

    Advice to Management

    If you are a supervisor back up your people- motivate your people- Take your heads out of your office and walk around and see whats going on. Don't go by the word of minions. Ask your people how you can help them do a better job


  6. "Adjunct assistant professor at Cooper Union"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Union part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent and very professional faculty and staff. Diverse and unique student body, with lots of creative energy and close-knit community.

    Cons

    No benefits and few hours available for adjunct faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for growth of adjunct faculty and allow for benefits and more hours for better working conditions.


  7. "Full-time student working part-time."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Union part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A number of positions available for part-time work to build a student's experience for their resume, as well as making a few bucks to off-put the insane cost of living in the city.

    Cons

    Pay was mediocre, and hours available were minimal, but not very high intensity. There was a LOT of discourse between the professors of different school and with the administration which stirred a large degree of political drama.

    Advice to Management

    Stronger communication between the students, faculty, and administration. That's what caused the huge fiasco that is currently going on.


  8. "Intelligent student body, close community"

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    Current Employee - Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Student in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The students here are amazing, and I've met some great friends during my time here. The work load can be almost unbearable at times, which is both a pro and a con. They push you to the limit here.

    Cons

    - heavy work load
    - small, so not many resources


  9. "Life changing experiences! An awesome, special place."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Union full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, brilliant students, caring faculty, great student:teacher ratio, great personalized touch. Inexpensive cafeteria on site in the New York winter with awesome homemade Kosher sandwiches. Cooper Cooler available upon request (It's a secret trademarked rapid can and bottle chiller that's awesome!)

    Cons

    Huge work load, always push to do better and achieve more with less. (Perhaps this is a good thing.) Something strange happens to the new academic building at night. Sort of a transformer with its unusual windows and scaffold... I wish they had more money. They need a really rich couple of donors.

    Advice to Management

    There had been some managerial bickering going on, but the entire upper management force has since chanced over the past 3 years or so. (EVERY ONE!)
    Note that the info on GlassDoor is outdated.
    George Campbell is no longer the President/CEO...
    Now it's an awesome music, psychology, neuroscientist professor guy Jamshed with business experience who cares a lot and loves to teach..


  10. "i had a good experience at Cooper Union"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Union full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits & Pay, The old Staff was the best

    Cons

    New Management wants to bring their own Staff

    Advice to Management

    Need to Appreciate People more for all of there Services


  11. Helpful (1)

    "It used to be good but management in last 10 years is terrible"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Lab Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lab Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The students make it worth while . . We have a shiny new building. It looks nice.

    Cons

    The lack of involvement at the direct level by the administration is terrible,. They are simple collectors of huge salaries but are not involved with the actual goings on. There is no direct support f staff, of which I am one. The Dean is the supervisor of all staff and is NEVER involved with our daily work needs or problems. Our supervisor is in fact not involved.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your rumps and look around at what goes on. Not twice a year for 5 minutes. Frequently. They operate by remote control and are not involved in actual operations. But the place looks nice.


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