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Updated June 22, 2017
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University of Rochester President Joel Seligman
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  • low pay, but this is universal for a TA (in 15 reviews)

  • You also have to pay for parking which isn't cheap (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate House Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate House Advisor in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate House Advisor in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great staff and phenomenal supervisor!
    - Living so conveniently in the middle of campus makes it easy to get to classes.
    - Bus system is easy to use
    - Rewarding when programming sticks
    - Only have duty twice a semester
    - Public Safety always has your back

    Cons

    - Fraternity men can be difficult to work with because many of them feel entitled and have not been told no often before.
    - FSA and ResLife don't always talk to each other

    Advice to Management

    - Reach out to the AD and try to get them involved. They have been quite absent syncing starting this year.


  2. "Great place for Optics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great professional community, moderate cost of living nearby

    Cons

    Public safety, weather, parking availability/cost


  3. "Not the best"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Low cost of living, smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of direction in the Dean's office and frequent bureaucratic obstacles.

    Advice to Management

    Make professors and administrators earn their salaries.


  4. "Exceptional organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Reader in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Admissions Reader in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for the UR College Admissions office for two successive reading seasons. The level of professionalism, competence and compassion shown by all staff is impressive. The support by not only the admissions staff but also HR and IT is comprehensive. And the pay was competitive, especially for a part-time seasonal position.

    Cons

    I only wish that there were opportunities for this kind of employment outside of the application reading season.


  5. "Absolutely loved the past 5 years here. I'm going to miss my group very much as well as management."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Tech III in Henrietta, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Tech III in Henrietta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For me- the tuition benefit was insane- 90% reimbursement or waiver. My MBA cost around $100,000- I will graduate debt free. Professional environment, many resources, great management- large university with room for growth. Health benefits.

    Cons

    Not many- besides I guess it can be difficult to move around he university. Their online job platform leaves much to be desired. It's also very difficult to get hired by the university in general.

    Non-for-profit work can also leave you stuck financially in a rut. For profit companies tend to pay their employees a higher wage- annual raises are laughable. Need to reward long term employees better-

    Poor dental and health benefits in comparison to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Loved management- never any issues


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great School, Awful Employer"

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rochester part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are poking around for the reputation of U of R, then rest assured that the faculty are some of the best.

    Cons

    Very slow to adapt to technology.
    Top level management have been sitting in their positions for years--there is a limit to how far you can advance in this company.
    CEO and President Seligman is running the whole show into the ground. Between gentrifying the ward and his pet projects (ex. he bought a ferry for river tours; had to sell it after 2 years), he needs to go SOON.
    Management is eager to fire you; they document every interaction and you're screwed if you don't submit letters documenting your perspective too.

    Advice to Management

    Eventually you WILL run out of people willing to work for dirt while being treated this way. Better adopt a better attitude now.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Administrator in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great tuition, great culture.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape, not competitive salary, parking situation is horrible

    Advice to Management

    Strive on identifying opportunities to redesign processes to reduce costs and/or maximize revenue


  8. Helpful (1)

    "On-campus job"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working time and good balance wit study.

    Cons

    a really low hourly rate for the student.

    Advice to Management

    Not bad, good place for leisure.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience Overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Videographer/Editor in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Videographer/Editor in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Rochester part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had flexibility with my schedule so I could take classes at the same time. I was also given a lot of support when I needed it. I was able to work independently and use my creativity within reason.

    Cons

    Some jobs have ending dates or they will not employ you if you are not a student.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great students, strong mission of student support, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Advancement management turnover, post-campaign, has not been strong. Morale is low, and general feeling of a lack of support for employees is prevalent. Self-interest in restructure also evident. Power consolidated to protect some, eliminate others. Values are only for some, and when convenient - not well-modeled by senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Support advancement workforce - all of it. Reward performers and work to retain them. Plan for retention rather than play political games.


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