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Portland State University President Wim Wiewel
Wim Wiewel
38 Ratings

    Great organization To Work For, Horrible HR Department, even worse Administration!

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    Former Employee - Classified Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Classified Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland State University full-time (more than 3 years)


    Great departments that are dedicated to serving the true and real needs of students, parents, international students, faculty, administrators, and the greater Portland , Oregon, and regional community. Outstanding classified employees that keep the University top notch in every way, and running in every important way, even though they are very under paid, but top notch people. Excellent departmental management, especially in one of the most important departments, Financial Services, formerly known as the Bursar's Office.


    The HR department that is almost off campus and in another world, is staffed by bureaucrats, so called managers, and staff who have no earthly idea what goes on at the university, what happens everyday with classified employees, and does what it can to get rid of valuable employees who might have health issues and who could easily do their jobs just as well from home, something the state of Oregon and the Oregon University Systems, the agency that governs all state of Oregon universities, encourages strongly, but doesn't get carried out by PSU HR due to incompetence. Many excellent employees in all departments have been laid off and terminated because HR is so far removed from what the university actually does everyday and have no idea what they are doing and how their actions affect the students, parents, and departments as a whole. To many people in HR there only for the money, something they wont pay in a fair way to classified employees. For reference consider the HR scandal with the University Hotel and how management botched and took advantage of immigrant and diverse employees at the university owned hotel.

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    Get more involved with individual departments in the University, end the silo's & fifedoms that exist, and listen more to students, parents, and especially classified employees more. They know what is "Really" going on and have the real pulse of the university in the palm of their hands. Quit listening to, spending money on and hiring overpaid consultants who do very little and know very little of what is going on at "Ground Zero" of Portland State University and its Urban setting which is one of the best in the nation.

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Website www.pdx.edu
Headquarters Portland, OR
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1946
Type College / University
Industry Education
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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Portland State University (PSU), one of eight institutions of higher learning in the Oregon University System, offers more than 120 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate certificates and continuing education programs. The school has seven schools and colleges devoted to liberal arts and sciences; engineering and computer science; fine and performing arts; urban and public affairs; business administration; social work; and education. PSU also has a school dedicated to extended studies, which includes distance learning, continuing education, and... More

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