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Oregon State University Reviews in Corvallis, OR

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
22 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work environment is relatively low stress and you are rewarded for success (in 9 reviews)

  • Great location, atmosphere, and colleagues; beautiful campus, excellent learning opportunities (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The only real con I'd suppose is that I couldn't stay here forever, but they need room for more graduate students (in 6 reviews)

  • Did a lot of good work for low pay, its unfortunate considering how much money my research brought in for the school how little pay I received (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company in a small town

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR

    I worked at Oregon State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The campus is very beautiful, quiet, people are cooperative, some departments are very good, faculty and staff are friendly. Social science related programs usually have a good atmosphere around working place.

    Cons

    Compensation for graduate students depends on the college and program, overall it's good but some departments overuse and do not respect graduate employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear time-off policies for graduate employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Research Assistant in Computer Science at Oregon State

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR

    I have been working at Oregon State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    a lot of freedom as a student. beautiful small town

    Cons

    it depends on the advisor. need to take a lot of courses. not easy to graduate for phd students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be careful to select an advisor that fits your style and interest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Research Assistant - Life Sciences

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR

    I worked at Oregon State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Research can be interesting, if you are on a good project. Campus is nice and corvallis is a reasonable affordable place to live, although costs are increasing.

    Cons

    Graduate research assistants are at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to university employees. If the PI is not running an efficient and highly productive laboratory you may get stuck as a poorly compensated graduate student for much longer than you expected. In the life sciences, the post graduate career outlook is quite poor and is getting worse (at least according to the NSF and personal experience).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve programs and training opportunities to help graduate students better transition into the job market.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    More worried about money than students

    Former Intern - Student Worker in Corvallis, OR
    Former Intern - Student Worker in Corvallis, OR

    I worked at Oregon State University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Okay Pay

    I grew as a person during this job. I learned more about what I wanted and gained a lifetime of experience.

    Cons

    Bad organization
    Most of senior management is well taken care of. Anyone below that is expendable.
    Need to focus more on offering more for students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with your employees and get to know them better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very laid back working environment providing valuable experience, but not a lot of direction or management.

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    Current Employee - Student Computer Consultant in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Student Computer Consultant in Corvallis, OR

    I have been working at Oregon State University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I've learned a lot of valuable skills for software development, improved my ability to direct my own work, written a lot more code than I would have on my own, and gained some quality on-the-job experience. My department is extremely laid-back, with a mostly hands-off and low pressure management style that allows me to work at my own pace on issues that interest me while focusing on schoolwork and personal activities.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the downside of the management style is that our project is not very well directed and has experienced chronic delays due to under-estimation, poor planning, and exclusive reliance on student workers to produce a complex software project. Project requirements shift constantly and unpredictably, and live mostly in the heads of users, management, and student workers. Any personal growth has been entirely self-improvement, without guidance from management in areas like design, planning, or documentation. It's also very frustrating to work on a project that is so poorly planned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't start a software project without having clear and well-documented use cases, clear and fixed requirements, a rigorous functional specification, and a clear roadmap for project completion. It would be good to have an actual software developer or someone with experience managing software projects in charge. While a systems administrator knows what they want from the project, they don't know how to get it efficiently or effectively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hit and miss with the professors that you would be working for.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Corvallis, OR

    I have been working at Oregon State University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Full tuition remission, quarterly stipend, health, vision, and dental insurance. Own office. Working with the students directly was fantastic, especially when they actually came for office hours. Lots of opportunity to work on your own work while getting paid!

    Cons

    Some of the professors were overly demanding and negative about students and the work that they would produce. God complexes existed with quite a few of the professors teaching undergraduate course work while viewing their non-groundbreaking work as the most novel concept ever.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Master's Student in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Master's Student in Corvallis, OR

    I worked at Oregon State University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good job
    Good position
    Beautiful campus
    Summer has nice weather

    Cons

    Weather (constanly cloudy and cold)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fairly flexible, low paying, good benifits

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Corvallis, OR

    I worked at Oregon State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a TA your pay is low. However the benefits of a TA are pretty good. 100% tuition waiver, 85% of healthcare covered. Time commitment depends on the department. You are usually expected to do more work than your FTE pay grade though.

    Cons

    Poor communication, poor upper mananagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage your units to communicate with employees better, Create guides for employees to follow in the case of a grievance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    excellent co-workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR

    I have been working at Oregon State University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    relaxed work environment
    excellent location
    benefits are pretty good for now but they are starting slip

    Cons

    pay is too low to afford a house in town
    not much room for advancement
    salary is governed by the union contract

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good job

    Former Employee - Student Worker in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Corvallis, OR

    I worked at Oregon State University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to have a student job. Online scheduling was very advanced and I learned a lot about media services.

    Cons

    Favorites were picked when it came to making schedules and promoting people. If you were the boss' nephew, you get promoted even though you cannot turn on and run the projector correctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat each employee with respect. Do not pick favorites and give them more hours or promote them even though they are less deserving people.

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