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The Ohio State University Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
88 Reviews
3.0
88 Reviews
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The Ohio State University Interim President Joseph A. Alutto
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88 Ratings

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 good not bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    great campus, great research resource

    Cons

    bad salary, bad benifit, bad insurance

  2.  

    Great Place If You Get In At The Right Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist I T Department in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist I T Department in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    Great benefits and your kids get 50% off if you are full time

    Cons

    Alot of people's friends get hired on to good positions, your success can vary depending on what department you get hired on at, all departments not created equal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more diversity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Student position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    Flexible accommodation with school schedule

    Cons

    Not relevant in this situation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    lab assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    simple good easy a job

    Cons

    no prospect and no future

  6.  

    Ohio State Grounds Crew

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ohio State Grounds Crew in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Ohio State Grounds Crew in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    Great management, great people to work with, flexible hours

    Cons

    Pay is just a little bit above minimum wage unfortunately

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent Experience Poor Pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Student
    Current Employee - IT Student

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

    Pros

    Easy to work with
    Will teach you if you do not understand how to fix or do something

    Cons

    Lack of official training and organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ohio State University Dining Services

    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    You start out at minimum wage, which seems fair enough, but there is no upward mobility (have to work 400 hours to be considered for a promotion - difficult with student class schedule). Working with fellow students is fun, though.

    Cons

    Management are very close-minded, need to loosen up a bit. They are very by-the-book and not open to suggestions/not overly supportive of employees.

  9.  

    A bit like a big family...or cult...depending on your perspective :)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Pros

    This will vary greatly with what school/org you're in - ours was very casual work environment, flexible work schedule, working from home sometimes, generous health benefits/sick and vacation time, tuition.

    Cons

    Poor management structure and oversight, very high salaries for some, very low for others. No room/place for advancement. Very little training offered or encouraged. Workloads are abysmally low at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved. Take manager training. Make performance reviews and rewards actually mean something and create results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent experience as an OSU employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Flexible Schedule
    Paid Time Off

    Cons

    Salary
    Professional Development
    Annual Salary Increases - You have to move around if you want a decent increase in salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Work was interesting and personally fulfilling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Employee in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Work-life Balance was very great. It was possible to have a life outside of work.

    Extremely Rewarding and Personally Fulfilling (non-financially).

    Nearly all the employees I worked with were passionate about what they do for the community and students.

    Amount of workload and expectations greatly depended on the nature and type of position.

    My 'Middle' managers and lower, and those who worked directly with me and students were generally extremely passionate about what they do- most do the things they do for the students and not necessarily for personal, financial or professional gain. This alone created a great culture and provided a good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Upper Management seemed to be completely out of touch with lower level employees' and students' real needs and sometimes even contradictory...

    Nepotism and cronyism seemed to be rampant in my departments. This stifled personal and professional growth and advancement. The 3 year turnover rate of the full-time and non-student employees in the departments I worked for, were relatively high- greater than 50%. Sometimes, it was hard getting raises, promotions, or full-time employment unless you personally knew the 'powers that be' or were recommended for a position, raise, etc, from someone who knew 'the powers that be' regardless of performance.

    Pay rate and benefits were on the low range for my positions except for high level management and tenure track professorships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your students and what they really and truly need; not what you think is best for them or for the financial bottom line. Do not only consider the thoughts and opinions of a relatively small number of students, powerful alumni, faculty, administrators, and staff members as gospel and representative of the whole community.

    Better yet, talk with and get to know the janitors, alumni, student employees, skilled professionals, nurses, secretaries, graduate student assistants, non-tenure track professors, etc, for advice on running the university! Many of them know exactly what is needed to greatly improve the community and future trajectory of the university.

    Consider the TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE and not just profits. Being blinded by and pursuing the financial bottom line above all else are ruining the lives of some people in the community; most importantly the disadvantaged students and the people of Ohio that you ultimately serve by working at Ohio State.

    You run a NOT FOR PROFIT entity, ultimately beholden to and accountable to the PEOPLE of OHIO and therefore must pursue a TRIPLE Bottom Line. The university's mission is to improve lives and not to make a huge profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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