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  1. "Difficult but worthwhile if determined"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at The Graduate School and University of CUNY full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Educational experience, en-route masters, and full benefits. There are great opportunities to go into industry or academia after graduation. Post docs are easier to get in the city too if you plan to stay.

    Cons

    Traveling between schools is tedious. The pay is not as good as it would be in other places. It’s hard to find a decent place to live.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have actual, unfurnished, subsidized housing through the university. Also, consideration of a raise across all fields should be considered.


  2. "A little good, a little bad, a lot of red tape"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at The Graduate School and University of CUNY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    STEM majors get a full scholarship and a guaranteed stipend!
    Access to many talented professors at multiple CUNY schools.
    Located right in NYC, so there are many opportunities for internships...and for jobs when you graduate.

    Cons

    Stipends are frozen at your starting level- I was making $25000 per year while this year's entrants got $29000
    Stipend is not enough to live comfortably on
    Teaching workload can be excessive and violate union mandates

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to raise stipends, please raise everyone's stipends. And please listen to the valid concerns of the students here.

  3. "Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Graduate School and University of CUNY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clean and safe environment to work in.

    Cons

    Bad Management, they are disrespectful to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate with your employees better, and treat them with respect.


  4. "Decent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Graduate School and University of CUNY full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits like health insurance, retirement, some tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Add on infinite new responsibilities, not enough (supposedly) in the budget to increase salary based on pretty much new title/promotion


  5. "Good environment"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at The Graduate School and University of CUNY part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good to learn official stuff

    Cons

    Hard to make carrier of


  6. "Graduate Student/ Graduate Teaching Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Graduate School and University of CUNY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get into PhD programs in NYC with access to the inter-Doctoral Consortium allowing one to take courses at Columbia, NYU, Rutgers, Princeton among others.

    Cons

    Very dismal fellowships make it impossible to live in NYC without additional support (loans or outside work). Decentralized faculty makes it hard to develop working relationships. Mandatory teaching assignments at schools far from the GC.

    Advice to Management

    For department chairs, maintain more full time central faculty. Decrease program size to allow better funding for students, make teaching optional/ pay adjunct rate on top of fellowship.


  7. "Review of the Graduate Center"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Graduate School and University of CUNY part-time

    Pros

    Support the doctorate-granting institution of the largest urban public university system in the US, provide outstanding education to a diverse and talented student body.

    Cons

    The state, especially under Andrew Cuomo, underfunds the Graduate Center and CUNY in general.

    Advice to Management

    Push for adequate funding and support resources that most positively impact students.

  8. "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You have all the different CUNY campuses and resources at your disposal to help you with your graduate career.

    Cons

    You are lost in a giant system. Not all the campuses get equal funding, so there is a huge difference in facilities and such between campuses.


  9. "CUNY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    At the Graduate Center, I've had the opportunity to teach all over the city at a school that I truly believe in. There are a lot of problems, it's a huge system, but at the same time, the experience couldn't be traded for the world.

    Cons

    Oi vey! Adjuncting, contracts, student under-preparedness, huge bureaucracy... It's a lot, it's hard. Finishing a PhD and running all over the city is hard, but again, it's also so inspiring!!


  10. "ECF Fellow"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Dental and vision, unlike many fellowships at other graduate schools. Great group of people to work with. Great faculty, but be careful which advisor you choose.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be trying, and the fellowship is hard to make stretch in New York City. The GC is also in midtown, so no one attending lives near the campus.

    Advice to Management

    Keep track of what advisors are helping their students become stronger applicants for the job market. Actually make the departments fully funded in practice rather than just in name.