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The Ohio State University Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
430 Reviews
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The Ohio State University Interim President Joseph A. Alutto
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be really good for staff (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits, I felt that I was professionally honored for my role (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is low but at least you're not going into debt for it (in 18 reviews)

  • Work environment is not very good (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not a great academic option

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Columbus is a good place to start your career as it is affordable

    Cons

    not a good option for academic career development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Hopefully it improves..

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    Good shift differential, 3rd shift was 2.00, 2nd was a dollar
    Having the OSU name associated with it

    Cons

    Horrible hours
    Understaffed
    Not flexible, even for students when it was discussed before hand
    Low caseload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be good to your students, you never know who they might become

  3.  

    No career trajectory for mid-senior level professionals. Severe infighting. Misrepresentation to senior leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    Benefits. Great for folks in a holding pattern in terms of their professional ambitions. Lots of fluff packaged within lots of shiny nonsense.

    Cons

    0 challenges. Slow as molasses. The department I was attached to has no interest in employee development. Perpetual carrot swingers. Underqualified personnel abound.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to outwit smart folks by lying to them. It simply won't last.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Executive Management in IT environment unfocused.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Ohio State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People can be very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Unfocused and team you join can be very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agree upon a roadmap and work together as a team to make sure it is sustainable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Was told that my opinion mattered, but found out that is not true.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RN Case Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - RN Case Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Ohio State University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, I felt that I was professionally honored for my role. Was proud to be working with such great physicians And Students, residence and nurses.

    Cons

    Very large campus to cover entire campus within my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please tell interviewing candidates the truth when asked specific questions regarding a department. I felt like I was lied to on purpose when I never got to the job I was hired for after three months.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are exceptional.

    Cons

    Culture set by the lowest level employees. Great place to go if you don't want to work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very good experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Ohio State University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment for carrying out research work.

    Cons

    Depending upon adviser you get - job satisfaction varies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The University is great, OCIO leaves a lot to be desired

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Developer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Developer in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Ohio State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - University environment
    - Great benefits, I mean they have their own network/hospital
    - Easy to get time off when you need it.
    - They prefer to hire from within, and there are lots of different opportunities

    Cons

    - Middle management is distrustful of employees
    - Some employees need to be fired, but it's a state job, so they stick around.
    - Funding is sporadic and confusing. Needed projects take forever for funding approval. Quotes from vendors ofter expire due to delays
    - Employees who excel are often dragged down to mediocrity due to overwhelming bureaucracy and unreasonable policy
    - When sharing concerns with peers, I would often hear "you just care too much"
    - Some teams are held to security policys, others are not. Whoever complains the most, gets their way
    - Security team (50+ people) play by their own rules, often ignoring change management
    - Even the tiniest aspect of the technology stack has an separate employee who's responsible. Trying to change things is met with resistance because "you're invading someone's turf"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Start the firing process for those who are repeat offenders of policy.
    - Listen to lower level employees. Middle management is often sugar-coating facts
    - Invest in technology. You're a premiere university, your IT shouldn't be 10 years behind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overworked, underpaid, no support from management/HR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The Ohio State University has great benefits, good insurance, adoption assistance, and free tuition. Other perks include discount movie tickets, discounted Kings Island passes, etc.

    Cons

    There is no support from management or HR. The "corporate culture" sucks and everyone kowtows to the Doctors, PhDs, and Professors. Often times I have observed Doctors speaking disrespectfully about nurses and other hospital staff on a frequent basis. I have even caught my boss making false disrespectful remarks about me behind (he thought it was behind my back) my back. However, just earlier that day he told me I was doing a great job. My experience with many of the doctors, PhDs, and professors (especially the younger ones) is that they care more about their promotion and tenure (P&T) than they do their staff or sometimes their projects. I spent a lot of time building long-term relationships with sponsors and my boss did not value the relationship. Instead he was disrespectful of the relationships and did not nurture them and now we have lost their sponsorship. I have witnessed researchers breaking federal regulations and when they are called on it by their research staff, they immediately threatened the persons job. When the staff member complained to HR and the division head, they protected the doctor without hearing any facts or both sides of the conflict. Over the last year I have observed them relentlessly trying to fire the staff member but they keep thwarting their bosses attempt. Unfortunately, these experiences and especially this person (the doctor) have created a hostile work environment. I have friend at OSU who have had similar experiences as the ones mentioned above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit protecting your Doctors. Just because they have an MD or PhD after their name does not make them perfect, infallible or places them beyond lying to protect themselves when they have blatantly broken federal regulations and ethical principles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underutilized potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physician in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Physician in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    Good resources, good colleagues, good patients

    Cons

    No input on career-affecting decision making, dictatorial leadership

    No opinion of CEO

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