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Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to work, great benefits, nice people (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people, great location, great times (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay rate, special treatment to favorite employees (in 7 reviews)

  • Student workers are paid minimum wage (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Assistant"

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

    I worked at St. John's University full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work environment for someone that likes to be on a campus

    Cons

    Parking is tricky and it comes and goes in waves


  2. "Adjunct Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. John's University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with future teachers is incredibly rewarding.

    Cons

    Not working full-time as I am in the process of earning my PhD.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. "Great experience overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. John's University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff
    Beautiful campus
    Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Dealing with administrative personnel could be a real challenge.


  4. "Great work environment!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. John's University part-time

    Pros

    Team spirit and support for each other

    Cons

    Management can be difficult to deal with


  5. "Complicated systems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at St. John's University part-time

    Pros

    The Admin Staff is lovely

    Cons

    Disorganized and confusing processes, meritocratic and outdated systems

    Advice to Management

    Improve systems


  6. "Cool...but beware"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty

    I have been working at St. John's University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sense of Community
    Opportunity for extra enrichment and engagement with students
    Creative liberty in course design
    Excellent Leadership

    Cons

    Racist undertones pretty much everywhere from the staff to students.


  7. "From Student-worker, to GA, to Administrator in Athletics"

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

    I have been working at St. John's University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I started off as an undergrad student worker, and then landed a Graduate Assistant position in the same department. After a year and a half in the work field after I graduated, I came back into the same department I was a student worker/GA in and became an administrator.

    Pros:

    1.) Benefits, benefits, benefits. Unlimited sick days, summer Friday's off, 20+ vacation days for the entire year, tuition remission, and terrific health/dental care and retirement package.

    2.) Work/life balance. Type of environment where you will have ample amounts of free time to invest in yourself (pursuing more education, part-time job, other passions); as long as you get the work done correctly and efficiently, the university will not question much.

    3.) Connections in many sectors - although NYU and Columbia are regarded as the top schools in NYC, St. John's I would say has just as many amazing connections in different job sectors in the area.

    4.) International flair - numerous opportunities to involve yourself outside of the United States. We have campuses in Rome, Paris, and Spain, as well as connections to do research/study in other countries through sister universities.

    5.) Staff on campus - this campus really is a large family. Most people that work here stay for long periods of time. I wouldn't be shocked if that in each department there is at least one person who has been here 15+ years.

    6.) The new President ("Bobby" Gempesaw) has drastically changed the environment here. To be blunt, the former President (Father Harrington) was pushing St. John's down into an ugly, black hole. Bobby has instilled new life and really changed the perception of what the university is - a global university. Within the next 5-10 years St. John's University will only continue to improve overall.

    Cons

    1.) It's a bureaucracy, in terms of how quickly things get done. Sometimes the simplest things can take weeks/months/years to get off the ground.

    2.) Salary - I think this is why the benefits are so amazing; the pay is below average for a private university that costs $50k+ a year.

    3.) If you aren't heavily into sports, Greek life, or the Vincentian Mission (community service/giving back), then there really isn't much else to get involved in on campus.

    4.) The cost to attend school is through the roof. Unless you are going for law, MBA, graduate education, or pharmacy, $50k a year is not worth it. I like to say, "It's a SUNY education at an Ivy League cost".

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what we want to be as a university moving forward. For awhile, we were all for the "commuter school" outline because we usually have over 40% commuters who attend SJU. Now, it seems like we are moving towards an international university with more on-campus/off-campus housing. This lack of sense of direction, I believe, will never allow consistently high freshman enrollment.

    St. John's University needs to move into the future more; it often feels like we are a step behind other major universities in terms of keeping up with the times. I think this has to do with the fact that a lot of the higher administrators have been here since the 70's.

  8. "Good adjunct experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. John's University part-time

    Pros

    St. John's provides a lot of resources for their adjuncts, especially by way of technology. The website contains all sorts of aids that can be helpful when you're beginning to teach in a classroom. They have in-person training too, if you can make the times. Also, the students that I interacted with were very friendly. The pay is adequate (given the overall trend of low wages that universities today pay adjuncts.) My dept chair was a perfectly fine person to interact with when issues would come up.

    Cons

    For those that are based in or near Manhattan it is a fairly long commute to St. John's. I took the E train followed by Q46 bus.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any major qualms with the school, so I don't have any substantial advice for the management.


  9. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Usher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Usher in New York, NY

    I have been working at St. John's University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    networking with other employees and employers

    Cons

    none just follow the rules

    Advice to Management

    follow the rules


  10. "Coordinator at St. John's University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at St. John's University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice amount of time off

    Cons

    You are expected to be here 24/7. Salaries for staff are absurdley low.

    Advice to Management

    need better balance of work/home life


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