I have been working at Research Foundation of State University New York part-time (More than a year)
Flexible working hours
Good health insurance package
Buffalo is nice city to live
Stipend is enough for an affordable living in Buffalo
Winter in Buffalo may be harsh for some people
I worked at Research Foundation of State University New York full-time (More than a year)
Good professional experience, learn to communicate 1-on-1 with a wide variety patients, co-workers and doctors, looks decent on a young resume.
Under-staffed in some departments. Difficult to move up, need credentials to match requirements exactly. Duties can pile up without compensation.
Advice to Management
Promote based on skill and value to the department.
I worked at Research Foundation of State University New York part-time (Less than a year)
It was a good learning experience
It was part-time, so couldn't spend much time on my learning curve. No cons overall.
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I worked at Research Foundation of State University New York (More than a year)
A great place to start out and learn.
The salary is too low.
I have been working at Research Foundation of State University New York full-time (More than 3 years)
The only perk to working here is that they offer a generous amount of time off. However, expect the supervisor and his unofficial no titled assistant to give you an extremely hard time over any days you may wish to take. Also if there is a single person with time off that day you will not get the time you request.
Schedule is tough if you have a family or want one. Pay is extremely low, about half what techs can make in the feild. The amount of equipment to maintain is astronomical and the crews are all severely short handed. Various work assignments have nothing to do with an HVAC technicians skills such as roof leaks, cleaning up after contractors, plunging toilets and other nonsense plumbing tasks. Very discouraging condescending attitude from management. Management is unhelpful and unwilling to work with you on either changing shifts when another shift has a position available, or if say you want to persuade dither education (like I did) I got ignored, lied to, pushed to the back burner and blown off even though I WORK FOR A COLLEGE.
Advice to Management
Increase the starting salary (and current employees that are very behind in pay) to something that isn't an insult, this would solve the entire crew not caring about the place at all and possibly correct each crew being short handed. Begin giving raises, specifically ones that will at least keep up with the cost of living or exceed because everyone above my position makes over double my salary. Stop letting people create nonsense high paying do nothing positions for friends and family. Take care of the office spaces instead of letting them get disgusting and all the furniture is falling apart, offer employees some sort of motivation to succeed rather than no one gets a raise or anything to imply they are appreciated.
I worked at Research Foundation of State University New York full-time (More than 5 years)
Steady Paycheck. Pretty Good benefits and if you make the time for it you can get certified in various software and technologies which will make you more valuable to the over all marketplace. I can't stress enough that these are things that you have to make time for, because the time I spent there there was not a requirement to get more than one or two certifications if any.
-There is no transparency in the UCAWD department in terms of how things should get done or why. (I.E. what generates money or how to go about them.) This leads to a lack of transparency
-The expectations in terms of what the department wants and why is not clear. However they do track numbers in terms of what certifications are achieved by your students. (Which you have to train students on.
-There is no marketing or advertising to draw in students in, so the Lab Technology Coordinator also needs to be able to do marketing and advertising for the labs.
Advice to Management
-Create a set of standards with which to track metrics for what is effective and what is not and stick by them.
-Track some level of metrics or standards that will allow you to gauge what things need to be improved by your employees that can are also reproduce-able and testable.
-Allow more transparency and more malleability for your programs and what things you need done.
-Create consistency by creating a guideline for programming, but also check and ensure that programming works at the various locations that exist.
-Expect more from your employees, there is far too much that allows for one to be an unproductive member of this organization for long periods of time.
Strong network of various job functions within the research administration world. Good opportunities for professional development.
Due to the size of the organization, every campus operates somewhat differently; and while the organization is trying to standardize operations across the board, much is being driven by the larger campuses.
Advice to Management
Consider the smaller campuses in your decision making.
I have been working at Research Foundation of State University New York full-time (More than a year)
Great people! Great Benefits! Great work-life balance!
Starting pay is a little low, but benefits, vacation time, and work-life balance make up for it!
You are paid to research as well as given a full tuition scholarship.
Good healthcare plan
Good research opportunities
20 hour maximum work week while enrolled full time in college
As a graduate student researcher you still have to take and pass all required classes while working in labs.
Funding through RF only lasts a yeae
I worked at Research Foundation of State University New York (More than 8 years)
It can provide a good opportunity to gain experience and make connections with other companies.
There are problems with management and priorities.
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