Idaho State University

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Idaho State University Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
33 Reviews
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Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    ISU experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Idaho State University

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It was a living hell. I had to take medication just to get by.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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