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Updated Jan 5, 2021

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Pros
  • "Nice work environment and co-workers(in 16 reviews)

  • "Very flexible hours , great learning experience(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Graduate student employees should be exempted from fees for students charged by the university(in 5 reviews)

  • "Pay is super weak right now because most of the higher ups are older and are making well over 100K while talented middle age workers make crumbs(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Not bad, not great

      Jan 5, 2021 - Graduate Research Assistant in Albany, NY
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      Pros

      Access to education is outstanding

      Cons

      Not a livable salary for Graduate student

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee

      horrible administration, especially HR

      Mar 6, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I can't think of a single good thing about this place.

      Cons

      Not a single administrative body at U Albany (or SUNY for that matter) takes complaints seriously. Had a serious, ongoing conflict with an abusive employee, and I was passed from office to office trying to find someone to handle the complaint. HR eventually took it, assured me they took actions against the offending party, and then later changed their story saying that wasn't the case. Unfortunately I didn't get anything in writing the first time around, as I naively trusted them to do their job. The whole process of merely seeking accountability was as traumatizing as the employee's abuse. Separate from this particular issue, I would also add that if you're coming here as a graduate student, expect a meager stipend that will barely allow you to make ends meet and that is well below the typical (also low) stipends that are offered by graduate programs across the country.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      UAlbany is expanding and evolving

      Sep 10, 2019 - Graduate Research Assistant in Albany, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      UAlbany Biological Sciences department is rapidly hiring new and innovative faculty. This is a wonderful, positive change as this brings more modern and cutting edge techniques to the university.

      Cons

      Graduate students are not paid a competitive wage.

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee

      University at Albany CNSE

      Apr 8, 2010 - Graduate Research Assistant in Albany, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The facility is brand new and you have access to many advanced tools for semiconductor research.

      Cons

      Management is bloated. Countless Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents of innumerable different functions. Pay is not commensurate with other, more prestigious schools, in the area which the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is striving to be compared with. The research is directed primarily to support the activities of the companies who rent space here. You feel more like a low-rent employee of these companies doing research which isn't very exciting. The curriculum is not challenging and the degree does not hold weight outside of the consortium of companies operating here. The faculty is VERY green and does not have much experience directing graduate students.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Graduate Assistant

      Dec 17, 2019 - Graduate Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Efficient administration and friendly environment

      Cons

      Salaries can be higher. Graduate student employees should be exempted from fees for students charged by the university.

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