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Keck Graduate Institute Reviews

Updated March 5, 2017
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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keck Graduate Institute part-time

    Pros

    Academic environment connected with industry right on site creating a very beneficiary relationship

    Cons

    Cheap payment
    Not sure yet, i will see how it goes


  2. "director"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Keck Graduate Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    get to work with students, good benefits, work/life balance

    Cons

    Question: Where to start? Answer: At the top. KGI has enormous potential as an academic and research institution but is hampered by (very) poor leadership - including at the very top. Cronyism, favoritism and political infighting are the order of the day (every day). Employees who aren't in the vacuum-sealed inner circle are treated poorly with not much assistance from HR. It's no surprise that staff turnover is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management.


  3. "Student Services Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Student Services Graduate Assistant in Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - Student Services Graduate Assistant in Claremont, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keck Graduate Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Student services department was always willing to work with my schedule. Very flexible work hours, especially for a student. Lots of opportunities to interact with the different organizations and staff and students. Opportunities to work remotely.

    Cons

    Pay is not great but not surprising. It's definitely something especially for a student.


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  5. "Worthwhile summer internship"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Keck Graduate Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a summer intern, there was a lot of responsibility to work it. The research internship was designed for self-motivated people and the PI treated you as such. It was also a very close-knit community, particularly among the summer interns.

    Cons

    None come to mind at the moment. Perhaps as a smaller and newer institution, there is less structure and recognition than larger, more established ones. As a result, I did not gain much from interning there other than the experience. Still the benefits of this feature likely outweigh the disadvantages.
    This was also an unpaid internship

    Advice to Management

    Consider developing partnerships with other institutions that would encourage/benefit prospective interns to choose KGI over other institutions that would provide opportunities beyond the internship.


  6. "College of pharmacy review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keck Graduate Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, family atmosphere, and if you like working with students this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Insane workload, micro-management style will drive you crazy

    Advice to Management

    Be open to honest feedback and LISTEN


  7. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Claremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Keck Graduate Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent faculty, fabulous students and supportive middle management and support staff.

    Cons

    I don't have great trust in the vision of the leadership.


  8. "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enthusiastic, warm and ambitious team. Everyone believes in the Minerva Schools mission and works hard at driving it to success. Room for professional advancement.

    Cons

    A bit disorganized, like working for a start-up that happens to be a school. Professors can be difficult to talk to, as they are more like clients than employees.


  9. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Dr in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Dr in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Keck Graduate Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Had a great time working with a number of faculty members committed to helping me complete my graduate research and projects. This helped speed up the time it would have normally taken to complete my work.

    Cons

    Some faculty members were not helpful and the facilities in some buildings were not up to date. My hope is that new administration will revamp the laboratories.

    Advice to Management

    Please update all laboratory equipment in the bio and chemical engineering laboratories. If this is not done my fear is that SUNY Buffalo will fall behind other universities with superior equipment.


  10. "Nice place to work as a student"

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

    Pros

    Employers are often flexible regarding working hours. Nice way to supplement income while studying for your degree. Typically, the maximum number of workable hours per week is 10.

    Cons

    None really come to mind, however I would recommend that students gauge their course load before applying for a job. KGI can be very demanding at times, and you may have less free time then you would like.

    Advice to Management

    Continue providing opportunities for students to work on campus jobs. The extra spending money can really help with rent, groceries and it never hurt to have a little pocket cash. You're not going to make a living here by any means, but it is nice that a job while in school is an option.


  11. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - California in Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - California in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours of operation are flexible and coworkers are understanding. The community is close knit and provides an opportunity to meet with a diverse group of individuals.

    Cons

    Like any other academic institution, the demographic keeps changing every year. That being said, there is more to gain than to lose.

    Advice to Management

    Find new and innovative ways to retain employees in your institution. A good number of high level employees that have been there long term are a good example to showcase.



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