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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great benefits, but more could be done to support staff

    Jul 28, 2022 - Assistant Director of Admissions in Ithaca, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Great benefits (health, education, and retirement) - Amazing work-life flexibility - Great teleworking policy (depending on unit) - Personable and supportive staff members

    Cons

    - Not many opportunities to have meaningful engagements outside of your unit - Pay is low considering the level of experience and responsibilities many jobs require - Levels of approval make work difficult to accomplish - Slow periods can be boring

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great university, claustrophobic city

    Sep 28, 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Loved the university and my research team

    Cons

    Hated Ithaca, it's a really tiny town and very isolated. And it's cold 8 months out of the year.

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Avoid

    Sep 10, 2022 - Program Coordinator in Ithaca, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Well known company for the area Free stuff working for a university (e.g., t-shirts, events)

    Cons

    I guess it can vary depending on department, but in my experience I’ve seen: -high turnover -heavy middle management with few admins who are overworked and treated as scapegoats. -toxic environment with management who believe that being tough is the best way to lead - even though people on their team keep leaving. -Management views you as a “worker bee” not someone they can invest in and develop. It’s a very one-sided transaction. -admins are given zero support. You’re doing someone else’s work for them… so they will micromanage you to death until it’s done “their way”. Yet they refuse to communicate what their way is up front and expect you to read their minds. It’s maddening.

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