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SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Syracuse, NY

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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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Registered nurse"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good learning and teaching hospital.

    Cons

    too many teachers in orientation


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Beware the cliques"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing patients, great orientation for new nurses, great teaching and learning hospital with great opportunities to expand your knowledge, the best patient to nurses ratio in the area

    Cons

    Human Resources does not care about you or the harassment you may experience, most of the administration knows there is a problem with cliques and bullying and they don't care, the nurses are very catty. The employees are more concerned with chatting with each other than they are with patient care, the hospital has horrible scores regarding quality of care and this is why, my first concern is my patients and always my patients, some employees think social hour in the break room is more important which is ridiculous

    Advice to Management

    Get a hold of your employees, yes promoting a comfortable and happy work environment is important but do not let your employees run a muck and do what ever suits them. Pay attention to cliques and harassment in the workplace, this is a potential lawsuit, someone will if they haven't already, sue you. The things I have witnessed are disturbing.


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    "RN"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SUNY Upstate Medical University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaboration among many. Treated with respect and opinion is valued. Appreciated with words and actions from Upstate medical university, university healthcare center, university pediatric and adolescent center and the unions. Numerous opportunities to engage in professional and social events such as conferences, nurses night out, nurses week.

    Cons

    decrease rates for parking fees

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strive for well balanced team efforts. Continue to gain insight by listening to staff members


  6. "SUNY Upstate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, progressive atmosphere and diverse community, Medical instructors are superb

    Cons

    Could be better pay, Sometime it seems the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Registered Nurse"

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    Former Employee - Regisitered Nurse in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Regisitered Nurse in Syracuse, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I loved caring for my very special patients and their families in pediatrics. My job gave me purpose and a mission.

    Cons

    Upstate is not the easiest place to work. The communication between staff and management is lacking. Often the nurse staff were unaware of changes in polices or procedures. We would not find the information out until the very last minute.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "SUNY Hospital in Syracuse, NY"

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    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant II in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant II in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    NY state benefits, largest employer in Syracuse, educational benefits like tuition reimbursement, many opportunities to transfer once hired, teaching hospital, level one trauma center for all of CNY

    Cons

    Parking costs a fortune, regular payroll errors take months to correct, interactions with HR do not feel personal


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging, often political with cliques but has lots of benefits."

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, free education, strong orientation for new nurses, high quality medical care, endless opportunities to grow and learn. Union dues pay for dental and vision.

    Cons

    Managers not able or willing to control a bullying back stabbing environments omega managers are part of that environment and foster division among workers. When you first start they hold 5 days of pay and you don't get that money until you end your employment, so it ends up being about a month before you get paid. Some departments employ more traveling nurses than regular staff nurses because word gets around not to worry for those managers, as they do not manage fairly, take little ownership of things when they make mistakes (i.e. blameshift).

    Things are always about money. No money for anything but somehow upper management has money to have the dining facilities cater all kinds of meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Not all of your nurse managers are motivating and promote a healthy environment as OTD teaches. Take a good look at where your turnover is and where you have to hire travelers. Perhaps if you paid a little more as an incentive to work in those areas, you could save in the long run because you would end up with staff nurses and not travelers.


  10. "IT Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Syracuse, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management of the IT department is amazing, they will always make sure you have what you need and are flexible to accommodate families and personal needs. You work the same job that the full-time employees do and it provides key experience for moving up in the IT world.

    Cons

    The only con is the parking. Parking isn't free, but it will provide you with a chance to get a good walk in (or bus ride).

    Advice to Management

    My only advice to management would be to keep up the good work managing the IT department. Also to keep an eye and recognize interns who are especially knowledgeable/learn quickly.


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