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SUNY Upstate Medical University Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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SUNY Upstate Medical University President Gregory L. Eastwood
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  • leadership is lacking, and cut throat (in 3 reviews)

  • No downsides, wonderful internship and work environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "RN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great medical university to work at

    Cons

    Short staffed occasionally like the rest of hospitals in US


  2. "Highly political atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time

    Pros

    It has the most jobs to offer in the area

    Cons

    Very unorganized, and with a highly political atmosphere overall growth and reforms to stay current takes ages to be put into place. Often feels like a high school environment due to lots of gossip. This may be true in many other large institutions, but seemed unprofessional.

  3. "Graduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student
    Former Employee - Graduate Student
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cheap rent in relation to other major cities. Good health insurance overage/benefits. Proximity of Graduate School to health offices and Medical School. Medical School library a plus.

    Cons

    Poor graduate student to Principal Investigator (PI) ratio.

    PIs with anger and behavioral issues that are protected by tenure, no matter how inappropriate they are or what they do to graduate students.

    Lack of activities (other than drinking downtown) outside of work hours. If you like to drink, then Downtown Syracuse is the place for you - areas outside of Downtown are unsafe. Food options are not great and lack diversity.

    Source of stipend: graduate students receive a stipend that just covers the cost of rent and utilities and not much else. Graduate students receive that stipend in one of two ways: the Foundation or through the State of NY. For their first year, all students are paid through the State of NY. After you join a lab (usually end of year 1), you are usually paid through the Foundation (which comes out of your lab's pocket). If your lab is running out of $$, your PI may try to prevent you from passing your qualifying exam so that you are no longer a mouth to feed. But of course those PIs were willing to have you rotate in their lab because you were being paid by the State of NY (not their pocket) and they will tend to take on multiple rotating graduate students at once, and those graduate students have to compete for 1 space. If your PI decides to keep you in their lab but has no money, then you would have to be paid by the State of NY, which would be dipping into the money that is used to pay 1st year graduate students. This means that if you take longer than 1 year to find a lab that's the right fit or you need to change labs at 2nd or 3rd year, the Graduate Program will make little effort to help you find a lab.

    The snow. And the snow, which goes from ~end of Oct - May. Don't be shocked if you see snow on Mother's Day. Even after salting, walkways within and around the Graduate School are extremely icy, slippery, and soupy. Be careful.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to Management: please make a better effort to place graduate students into labs. This graduate program has a habit of publicly announcing that it is accepting more and more graduate students every year (which might appeal to college students thinking about applying to the Graduate Program), but it doesn't show any effort in helping to place its students. The Graduate Program will state that it has lots of labs to fill, but those labs aren't always looking to take on a graduate student and prefer to have only postdocs. A ton of other labs want to take on graduate students but don't offer a safe environment that fosters learning, work-life balance, or a sane PI.


  4. "Graduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The professors are generally very good and make excellent PIs. It is a good place to earn a masters or PhD. The healthcare is also very good.

    Cons

    Upstate is a small place University, with no undergrads. This means that you do not have to TA. This is only a downside if you plan on teaching, since you will not get much experience for that.


  5. "NP position review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time

    Pros

    Set hours, No weekends, holidays, no on call, Mon-Fri schedule, fast paced clinic, lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Benefits are not that great, no sick time, Upstate employee but "hired by Medbest". Therefore benefits are not as good as they would be if you were a state or research employee


  6. "Nursing Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time

    Pros

    Team work good healtly environment

    Cons

    Shift bid work hours ok


  7. "RN"

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    Current Employee - Critical Care RN in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Critical Care RN in Syracuse, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friends you make at work. Tuition assistance. Class/review class options. Self scheduling if you are on a unit that does that.

    Cons

    Managers are awful. Only worried about higher ups. Play favorites. Make up their own policies at their will. Look for reasons to write employees up.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who know what they are doing, don't play favorites, aren't catty and don't enjoy the drama. Managers hired in ICUs should understand ICU protocols and care. Hire more nurses. Upstate should not be a magnet status hospital if it can't be staffed properly on an every day basis i.e.: constant calls, texts, and emails for staff needs. Plan for call ins, they happen.

  8. "Upstate Medical Review"

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

    I have been working at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time

    Pros

    Large network for people to take advantage of

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility as far as opportunities go

    Advice to Management

    Improve diversity and responsiveness in recruitment


  9. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time

    Pros

    Nice to help people/patients; is rewarding at times

    Cons

    Not working mom friendly, even if you are good employee


  10. "A non-profit health care organization that is a staple of Syracuse, NY"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, solid management structure, good benefits.

    Cons

    Employed by the state, staff retention and growth.

    Advice to Management

    smaller scale management forum meetings more often


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