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Union College (New York) Reviews

Updated February 28, 2019
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  • "low pay and little room to grow" (in 3 reviews)

  • "We are on a trimester system and are required to teach 2 courses per term, which makes it challenging to publish during the academic term" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Employer!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union College (New York) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly, and approachable boss.

    Cons

    I don't really see any cons working at this place.


  2. "Great academics but very competitive, student life has many concerning aspects"

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Union College (New York) part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most professors are wonderful and care about student learning. Tons of opportunities for undergraduate research. Facilities and dining hall staff are incredibly kind.

    Cons

    Social life is centered around fraternities and subsequently alcohol and drug use. Many students live by "work hard play hard" motto with emphasis on hard. It's possible to form a solid social circle outside of drinking but requires effort

  3. "Great Environment With Reasonable Responsibilities and Hardworking Employees"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Bookstore) in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Bookstore) in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Union College (New York) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generally laidback environment, nice employees, beautiful campus, lots of opportunities to interact with students/coworkers and discuss books in the bookstore. Ideal position for extrovert/book lover.

    Cons

    Bookstore got busy during odd times and then was completely dead, meaning work sometimes got boring. Students were sometimes a little rude when they were rushing, but not beyond anything else i’ve experienced in retail.


  4. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union College (New York) full-time

    Pros

    great community within the department

    Cons

    three terms system is tough


  5. "Finance"

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

    I have been working at Union College (New York) full-time

    Pros

    stimulating and challenging environment

    Cons

    resources are constrained presenting challenges


  6. "Union College Visiting Professorship"

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

    I have been working at Union College (New York) full-time

    Pros

    Despite being a visiting professor, I feel as if I am treated equally amongst my peers.

    Cons

    There is a significant teaching load. We are on a trimester system and are required to teach 2 courses per term, which makes it challenging to publish during the academic term.


  7. "A glittering, shiny ship without a captain, gliding on past victories"

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

    I have been working at Union College (New York) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great students, very pretty campus which oozes history

    Cons

    Administration is too big and uncoordinated, yet needs to have their tentacles involved in everything. As a result, virtually nothing gets done on campus. Too many yuppies and yes-men/women crawling around. Bureaucratic rot is firmly entrenched here.

    Advice to Management

    Size of the administration should be cut in half, and streamlined. Fewer directors and associate deans would be a welcome start.

  8. "Great college"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union College (New York) full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, enriched environment, interesting co-workers, good benefits

    Cons

    Many positions have low pay rate

    Advice to Management

    Value all employees by providing at least a living wage to the lowest earners,


  9. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Student in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union College (New York) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse Student Body, Interesting Faculty Members

    Cons

    Lack of communication between Trustees, Deans, and Students

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the students


  10. "PDF in Albany"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Union College (New York) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small and quiet for research

    Cons

    Living standard is very high