Idaho State University Reviews

Updated May 19, 2015
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Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas
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  1. Don't Touch It With A 10 Foot Pole

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most people can have a flexible schedule. It is a major employer in a depressed SE Idaho town (Pocatello). Many of the people are good.

    Cons

    Supervisors are out of control, Because it is important in the town economy, it attracts psychopaths who think they can do anything they want and it hurts everyone, both employee morale and community attitudes toward it. There is no rational policy that rewards good work and reprimands bad. A former employee was publicly insulted by the circulation of a memo condemning him to all staff and faculty, and no one was reprimanded. That individual summed it up by saying it was characterized by prison yard politics.

    Advice to Management

    You are so surrounded by bad, where can you start to fix things? And nothing is done because administration collects 6 figure salaries for doing nothing, and you are implicated in what you have allowed to happen. The honorable thing would be to resign without severance. If there were honor there, it would have already happened.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Faculty running high school politics fighting over no resources

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The standards are so low you will get tenure

    Cons

    The culture at this business is abysmal. The Department of Psychology has to hire someone every single year without growth because no one will stay in that backstabbing, backwards department. There are married couples in the department who complain together against faculty for bizarre reasons. Since they do not prepare their graduate students to compete on the national stage, your service gets roped in to awful departmental annual awards. The priorities are completely misplaced. They did not know the difference between a grant and a contract. It is better to take a fourth postdoc than to work here as a TT faculty. Pay was a national-low $50,000/annual. I warn my young colleagues not to apply to their annual openings.

    Advice to Management

    The Department of Psychology has very serious culture problems. Look at the turnover.


  3. Helpful (2)

    ISU experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Idaho State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great and hours are usually flexible.

    Cons

    Management is horrible and treat employees like children. Working environment is hostile at times.

    Advice to Management

    Know what your team can do and let them do it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Manager in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Manager in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, passionate people work at ISU. There are some excellent, world-class academic programs at ISU.

    Cons

    The higher you go, the lower quality employee you see. Dishonesty and manipulation are at the core of management. The President seems to be a good guy with the institution's best interest at heart, but the CFO is running the show.

    Advice to Management

    Stop relying on the CFO to run the University. Get into the budget books to see what is actually going on. Vast increases in the CFO's office and vast cuts elsewhere cannot be justified.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Stay Away!

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Faculty in Pocatello, ID

    I have been working at Idaho State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Over the years I have had some wonderful colleagues and students. Pocatello has unbelievable outdoors opportunities.

    Cons

    The university administration is working very hard to destroy it. Most of the good faculty have left. Programs are losing accreditation. They lie about the enrollment. The graduation rate is criminal. The purpose of the university is to lure students to take loans without actually letting them graduate; the result is that the university gets the money while the students pay the loans. The administration tell faculty to gie higher grades in order to delay the inevitable dropping out. It is possible that the university could lose its accreditation.

    Advice to Management

    Go away. You are venal, corrupt, mean, and vindictive. You have destroyed decades' worth of hard work by smart dedicated people. You should be in jail.


  7. Helpful (5)

    It was a living hell. I had to take medication just to get by.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefit package is pretty good. Insurance coverage is good, vacation and sick leave benefits start out good, and increase with seniority, and staff members can take classes for $5.00 per credit hour, and $20.00 to register. Classified state employees are not at-will employees, and can not be fired without cause.

    Cons

    The entire organization is corrupt. Petty egos run things, and from the top down, no one is allowed to ever question a superior. Managers are incompetent, and ambitious for themselves. Little or no care is given to the good of the institution. Instead, the only consideration is to the advancement of the career of the manager. If anyone causes a manager any embarrassment to his higher ups, for any reason, there is no saving that career. It will be destroyed. Idaho State University offers little or no academic freedom for professors either, and has been placed on the American Association of University Professors' Sanctioned list. Due to Arthur Vailas' dissolution of the Faculty Senate, and purge of university professors that have disagreed with him.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for the administration at ISU. My advice is for the state government. Close down ISU, and liquidate it. It could be reopened later in another location, but the culture of corruption present there is not fixable, and a complete reboot is the only realistic possibility for cleaning it up.



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