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  1. "Nice people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Empire State College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, average salary. Secure union.

    Cons

    Disorganized offices. Confusing company culture.


  2. "good school"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Empire State College part-time

    Pros

    adult students
    flexibility
    technology
    state school
    hiring practices

    Cons

    online learning management system
    pay
    motivation of coworkers
    accessibility

  3. Helpful (1)

    "mentor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Empire State College full-time

    Pros

    The college has a great mission, serving adult students; people are committed and hard working.

    Cons

    Recent reorganizations have left employees demoralized and frustrated, as systems are unclear and job responsibilities keep changing. Leadership continues to change.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fixing things that are broken (there is plenty to do).


  4. "Flexible. Fun. Family"

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Empire State College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great coworkers, state benefits,

    Cons

    Somewhat understaffed, but the entire college is very understanding about what is and isn't possible when it comes to staff responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging your staff to find their path and expand their career to the best of their ability


  5. "Great for distance learning teaching position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Empire State College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible. Great students.

    Cons

    I found working with ESC very rewarding, but quit due to NY State taxes.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Adjunct online instructor"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Online Instructor in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Former Employee - Adjunct Online Instructor in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Empire State College part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some interesting courses were availabke to teach

    Cons

    Students would off and up the ladder with complaints and were coddled
     Pay was less than median income in Puerto Rico or Mississippi and to survive on the pay, you needed to get govt heat subsidies. Union was not helpful yo adjunct concerns. We were not ever allowed to attend union meetings by phone or video conference though the college was distant kearning

    Advice to Management

    Make opportunities for advancement for the talented people you have working for you and allow instructional freedom and academic autonomy. Pay decently
     Provide job security. Vary course assignments so people don't get bored. Don't change reading materials right before or even after a course so instructor does not have time to read and prepare. Make success in teaching a readon for retention rather than ducking out if offrring a tenth year on a contract would lock the university into paying health care benefits for life.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sad to say"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Faculty in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Empire State College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the students and flexibility regarding schedule.

    Cons

    Very poor morale amongst most faculty and staff. The reorganization ( now in year 5) has created the "haves" and "have nots," Management has bought off some faculty with pseudo administrative jobs (e.g. faculty chairs) which provide some more money and elevated others to MCs. The rest are left to struggle with poor salaries,( still no new contract for over a year despite being in UUP), increased workloads, poor morale in a confusing organizational structure which continues to be "reorganized". Sad to say that a great idea has now been destroyed .

    Advice to Management

    Need new leadership, abysmal state of affairs.

  8. "Adjunct Professor"

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    Current Employee - Business and General in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business and General in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Empire State College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial, supportive faculty and program director teams. Great, engaged online students.

    Cons

    I have no "con" comments at this time.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Hiring Policy Shifting Towards Work-Studies"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment/Tutor/Administrative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruitment/Tutor/Administrative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Empire State College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of students will get work, since many administrative positions are being given to work-studies rather than professional staffers - this is especially true at the Manhattan unit.

    Cons

    Professional staffers with decision-making power are not available for students. Most of the student services is now relegated to an 800 number that's never answered or when it is answered, the operators also have no power or just don't seem to give a hoot. It's quite embarrassing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating this like a McDonald's franchise - higher-ed is supposed to be better than fast food. SUNY really ought to change the leadership up at Saratoga Springs.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Assessment Specialist"

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

    I have been working at Empire State College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good community of Faculty and Professional employees.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth for professional employees unless you are in Saratoga Spring. Salary never goes up to meet the inflation.
    I don't recommend anyone for any professional position at ESC.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to think of market inflation and see where the salary of its employees are. Need to create career ladder for employees which is not in the system now.