Brigham Young University (BYU)

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Brigham Young University (BYU) Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
490 Reviews
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490 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work environment is very LDS, and so very nice and everyone wants to help everyone (in 36 reviews)

  • great people to work with, great institution that is getting better each year (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • During the semester you may only work up to 20 hours a week (in 20 reviews)

  • Sometimes communication can be an issue because all student employees are part-time (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with and very flexible. A great place to get experience and learn from very intelligent people. They give students a lot of responsibility which has helped me learn a lot.

    Cons

    No chance of moving up. Once you are not enrolled in school you can no longer work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to get a good start

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    Former Employee - Industrial Hygiene Assistant in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Industrial Hygiene Assistant in Provo, UT

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people were great to work with

    Cons

    Thier pay, isn't the greatest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great student employment opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Provo, UT

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you're offered a TA job, TAKE IT! Being a TA offers financial, professional and academical benefits in ways other college jobs don't.

    The professors I assisted (two at a time, sometimes) were generous in each allowing the maximum number of hours per week AND letting me set my own office hours. Because my employers were familiar with my schedule and the academic calendar, maintaining a work/school/life balance was easier than if I'd worked off-campus, and the hourly wage was much higher than the minimum wage I'd be earning anywhere else.

    Because I was assisting in an academic area I hoped to pursue in my graduate education, getting to know my professors better by working for them allowed for stronger letters of recommendation. I was also able to have more frequent out-of-classroom conversations with them about my research.

    I learned great things about writing from correcting hundreds (and hundreds, and hundreds) of other students' essays. And because the classes I assisted were related to classes I'd taken in the past--but not necessarily identical--I was able to learn new things without the burden of paying extra tuition or doing unpaid homework. Plus, if you schedule the maximum number of office hours, chances are pretty good that *most* of the time students won't be coming to visit you (except leading up to a test or major assignment). Once you've finished any of the grading/prep the professors assigns, you can totally do your own homework during the remaining office hours. Sweet!

    Cons

    Make sure your professor is okay with you setting your own boundaries with students. Otherwise, dealing with procrastinators can be really difficult--expect to see a good dozen kids in your office the day before a major assignment is due, each wanting you to line-edit their draft (or help them write an initial outline). You totally want to help, but there's not a lot you can do at that point. And don't make the mistake of allowing students to email you their drafts for feedback right up until the day before deadline--I must have given feedback on a good hundred essays in a single day trying to fulfil the committment I'd made.
    Additionally, student athletes can be remarkably entitled (not all, but some--I've never had a non-student athlete assume none of the rules apply to them). In one of my larger classes I had several swim team and baseball team members. The swim students came in regularly and early for help with their essays and test study groups. When they knew they'd be away from campus for an exam or assignment, they were careful to complete it early. The baseball team members regularly missed exams without notice, turned in papers late, and then expected us to accommodate them by changing the syllabus rules since they were student athletes. (? It's college. You're here to learn.) The swim team students passed with flying colors. The baseball team students failed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved being a TA. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - MTC Language Assessment Rater in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - MTC Language Assessment Rater in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My current job is nice because I'm pretty much on my own rating assessments in the MTC. I don't have to coordinate too much with others and I can just go it whenever is convenient.

    Cons

    I generally make a lot more here in Utah than I could in Canada.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Uplifting and positive work environment

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    Current Employee - Engineering Undergraduate Research Assistant in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Engineering Undergraduate Research Assistant in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The guys I work with are all extremely intelligent and helpful, we all help each other out with our work, and the research we do is cutting edge. The hours and schedule are very flexible.

    Cons

    Summers are prime research time so leaving for internships is often discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on outreach to undergraduates. Most have no idea how to get involved in undergraduate research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  7.  

    Great student body. Love working with them.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU)

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexible schedule. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Reviews, dashboards need work. Hard to find parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to block social media during class time. Students should be required to show expected grade when submitting a review.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great adviser, cared about his researchers, both grad and undergrad. Good friendly and respectful atmosphere. Honest clean people. In our area, BYU had a better paid/volunteer ratio of researchers than other schools with the same research.

    Cons

    Occasionally when expectations are unrealistic, you need to put in many additional hours to make sure you can continue to please those funding your project. Researchers make very little, but that comes with the job, not the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When new projects are being proposed, consider a contingency plan in case everything turns out to be much more work than expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful Place For A Student Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Provo, UT

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Great Compensation for Graduate Students
    Friendly Advisors
    These jobs allow you to progress academically while earning a wage to put yourself through school.

    Cons

    Occasionally the students you are trying to teach/help don't take you seriously because you are, yourself, still in school. Other than that it is a fantastic place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! You make your employees feel valued and allow them to contribute in meaningful ways. Thank you!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Lecture Series Teacher Assistant

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Built-in networking opportunities as I set up a weekly guest speaker to come and speak with the class.

    Cons

    None. It's a great grad student job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great pay for a grad student.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Assistant at BYU

    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It offered an incredible opportunity to consult mid to large-cap multinational companies with operating divisions in China. The mentoring that occurred from the professor was foundational to my career development.

    Cons

    If I was forced to choose any cons that my experience had was that it didn't pay as well as other on-campus jobs I had previously done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think all research assistant opportunities should involve more growth like mine did.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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