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Updated September 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Academic work environment is very laid back (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people to work with always understanding (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • part time/student job so we don't qualify for any benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Disrespectful students, unorganized management, low pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Business Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Business Tutor in Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Tutor in Montclair, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Montclair State (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Create job to have while in school
    -Great resume booster

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Some students don't grasp concepts easily


  2. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Former Contractor - Graduate Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Montclair State as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked directly with professors and gained a lot of valuable research experience.

    Cons

    The amount of work required for this position varied greatly depending upon assigned professors. Some professors worked their assistants very hard and required a ton of work while others barely used their assistants.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Barely controlled chaos"

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    Former Employee - Director in Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Montclair, NJ
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Montclair State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many good people working very hard towards a common and worthwhile goal with limited resources. Spirit of camaraderie in spite of political insanity.

    Cons

    From the top down there is a strong culture of distrust and discouragement. Little to no opportunity for advancement. Zero morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring pugnacious and capricious VPs and Deans. Promote Director-level staff with experience and established networks of collaborators.


  4. "Great location"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Montclair, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Montclair, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The school is in a dynamic and exciting location

    Cons

    The school atmosphere is pretty relaxing, which can also be considered a negative aspect as tenured faculty members are super lazy. Colleagues in my department are alright but they are really old. Well, being old does not mean a bad thing as long as they are motivated to learn and improve teaching skills. Students complain a lot as old faculty members do not even update course materials and cannot even use power point etc.

    Advice to Management

    Faculty members who do not publish papers should not receive internal research grant and travel support.


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with always understanding

    Cons

    Only part time offered and little pay


  6. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Progrma Manager in Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Progrma Manager in Montclair, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to work with supportive co workers and administration. inclusive activities and community altogether

    Cons

    tough and sporadic scheduling
    payroll is slow

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Montclair State (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great, laidback setting to work in. I was given plenty of freedom in how I wanted to perform tasks. Working with professors is great because you are able to pick the minds of experts in each field.

    Cons

    The system for logging hours is prehistoric and overly bureaucratic. Hours must be logged on very specific paper and taken across campus to be dropped off. It is a huge hassle.

    Advice to Management

    Why not have a computer system to log hours? It would be much more efficient and a lot easier to do.

  8. "Adjunct Professor"

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Montclair, NJ
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Montclair, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Montclair State as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great campus, staff parking, gain experience.

    Cons

    Little to no guidance, egos of those in charge, undercutting by same, favoritism, disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Put your egos aside and recognize that students are paying for an education, so provide the very best that you can utilizing the faculty that you have in their very best capacities. Don't be petty. Don't punish the professors for advocating for their students or students for advocating for themselves.


  9. "Resident Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made good friends among the staffs I worked for over my 4 years at MSU, and the position taught me valuable conflict resolution and leadership skills. Since there are very few hard-line 'hours' that you have to work - with only the mandatory 4 hours of desk shift, which you get to schedule , and duty nights where you're on call - the position is very flexible to an undergraduate class and part time work schedule. There's also free housing.

    Cons

    With the benefit of free housing, you lose your control over where you live, as ResLife places you where they need you. The stipend comes out at roughly $200 biweekly. New RAs make less than RAs returning for additional years, but the increase from 'new' to 'returner' is one time, so you won't get more money on each paycheck for your third year. The department is also becoming very pushy with their 'high education track', trying to get RAs to pursue future careers in Residence Life. This is even to the extend that graduating students who did not pursue degrees in higher education or school counseling psychology in undergraduate cannot advance upward to positions such as 'community director' or 'assistant community director'. Graduate students also can no longer become RAs, as the department decided they want to encourage graduate students to pursue positions like assistant community director or 'office assistant', the latter of which has no residential benefits and a minor increase in pay. Additionally, the semester-long 'in-services' are a headache that are intended to act like 'continuing training' after the week-long summer training ends, but end up being mandatory sessions that indirectly relate to the RA position at best, and are an irrelevant waste of time at worst. Additionally, all RAs are now required to take a Leadership Psyc course which does not fit into all student's degree requirements, basically forcing a student to pay for the requirement.

    Advice to Management

    Make in-services more directly relevant to the position or remove them entirely. Open up CD and ACD positions to non-high education students that have other appropriate skills for the position again.


  10. "Graduate Assistantship-$7000 a year for the work of an adjunct"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Montclair, NJ
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Montclair, NJ

    I have been working at Montclair State full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    tuition remission, small stipend, schedule around classes.

    Cons

    Not allowed to park in faculty/staff lots so almost impossible to find parking. Extremely low pay for the work. If you work it out hourly it's far less than minimum wage. EXTREMELY strict about general chemistry lab guidelines. No flexibility in labs whatsoever.


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