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SUNY Brockport Brockport Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brockport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good campus
    Friendly staff
    Decent students
    Great fringe benefits
    Decent salary

    Cons

    Parking is limited
    Faculty are old
    The campus is hesitant to change
    It's cold there
    It's hard to be promoted


  2. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - IT Student Assistant in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - IT Student Assistant in Brockport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport part-time

    Pros

    All of the staff are extremely friendly and easy to talk to. You can communicate and switch between personal and professional conversations with ease. Staff and peers will always be willing to teach what you lack in knowledge or skill. They are very flexible with hours, at least for full-time students that is.

    Cons

    Sometimes other non-IT staff will automatically assume you know how to fix any problem because of working IT. This could lead to an awkward moment, either on the phone or in person.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on being friendly.


  3. "Assistant Professor"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Brockport, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial environment. Small town with amenities close by. Autonomy.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Facing budget constraints so cutting back on some benefits for faculty and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Under new management which seems to be trying to listen to the faculty. Good going so far.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Big changes happening"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Faculty in Brockport, NY
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lifestyle, new management and some hope for the future.

    Cons

    Infrastructure depleted, salary, lack of research support

    Advice to Management

    Mission creep and under-resourcing is a problem


  6. "Secretary I"

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    Current Employee - Secretary I in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Secretary I in Brockport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Retirement benefits, health benefits, hours, flexibility for raising a family. Can start here without an education. State civil service jobs available.

    Cons

    Reached my plateau. Cannot go any higher or make any more money.


  7. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Current Intern - Graduate Assistant in Brockport, NY
    Current Intern - Graduate Assistant in Brockport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Treated like a true faculty member. Very friendly and respectful atmosphere.

    Cons

    I do not find any issues with this organization, I only have nice things to say at this time.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management. It seems like there is cohesion in the group which helps organizational behavior.


  8. "Great leadership"

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support/Student Web Developer in Brockport, NY
    Former Employee - Desktop Support/Student Web Developer in Brockport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Brockport part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great leadership especially in the webdev team. Very knowledgeable full-time staff. Supervisors very approachable and helpful in problem solving. Very flexible hours for part-time students.

    Cons

    Pay is minimal with few opportunities for raises. No other serious cons. Sometimes hours are limited due to overstaffing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very poor future outlook for an institution with an already poor regional reputation"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Brockport, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Brockport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Brockport full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of friendly, open-minded, devoted people working very hard in the lower echelons of this institution. The brick-filled campus has a visual charm. New Athletics facilities are nice and modern. The Physical Education program has seen a large (unsustainable in my opinion) growth of students and resources on campus. Winter break is longer than most universities (5 weeks) and no work is done during that period (campus fully shuts down for 2 weeks), affording an opportunity to spend a long stretch of time away from the local harsh winter. Tenure-track faculty are hired to work only from Mid-August to Mid-May (9-month contracts; the campus is practically deserted in summer). Contract renewals must be decided on, one year prior to their expiration. Some of the benefits are really good. Health insurance plans are paid 90% by the State, 10% by the employee; whereas 401K contributions are matched up to 7% until tenure (after tenure State contributes 15%). Dental and Vision are not covered, unless you join the Union of University Professors. Sabbatical leaves are available after 7 years of work (half academic year leave at full pay, or full academic year leave at half pay). Sick day leave is available to faculty, but no PTO.

    Cons

    Very poor outlook. Among the Western New York region (where most students come from), Brockport has a reputation as a "party school". This is regularly reinforced by local media stories, which degrades the morale of faculty and public perception of those who work for this institution (who wants to work for a institution not respected by most locals?). For instance, a large-scale party held in the last day of classes of the academic year (formerly known as Brock the Port) regularly produced a plethora of bad PR stories due to the reckless behavior of students in the entire vicinity of campus. It has cemented the regional "party school" image for decades among high school students. This, in turn, has brought in a large share of new students every year who are attracted by that "party school" fame. Needless to say, faculty have had to deal with a progressively larger number of students who are not academically-inclined and have little interest in learning. They inflate the less academically-demanding majors on campus that cater to that student population. Financially, the trend is poor too. New York State has substantially decreased its funding of State schools due to budgetary problems that are unlikely to change. Faculty have recently been forced in furloughs and salaries were frozen. The salary increase from promotion is minimal. Concerns about decreases in application/enrollment targets has led the institution to relax standards and bring even more poorly-prepared students. Probably the worst con is the quality of middle and upper management. It is plagued by a small town/small network mentality with a culture to promote individuals from within, even when there are more talented people from another institution who apply for a job. The proliferation of middle-management and non-academic personnel has been staggering, and has exacerbated the institution's financial woes. Recently, SUNY Brockport almost lost its Middle States Accreditation (which would disqualify students from securing federal loans) due to a major lapse by upper management and that resulted in an enormous amount of rushed and unexpected workload onto the regular faculty. Those responsible for that blunder remained in power. All in all, these image, financial, and management problems point to a very bleak future for this institution. It is not a place for a long-term career commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Clear house.


  10. "Decent job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brockport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule, student interaction, no micromanagement

    Cons

    feeling that staff are unimportant in faculty's eyes, too much work

    Advice to Management

    workload creep is an ever-present issue. While we are happy to take on tasks when possible, there tends to be a constant feeling of "it has to be done, but there is nothing one else to do it"


  11. "After one academic year I'm ready to leave"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Brockport, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Brockport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SUNY Brockport full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Living in Brockport is nice...

    Cons

    The Chair of the Department is incompetent, autocratic and plays favorites. Junior faculty, especially women are stifled and demoralized. I was lied to by the Chair at interview. The Dean and upper management know all this and do nothing. The salaries are frozen and at promotion salary increase is a joke. If you want to live out your days as a cog in the machine then this is the place for you...

    Advice to Management

    Clean out middle management and respect academic faculty as professionals.



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