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Colorado State University Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
145 Reviews
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145 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fort Collins is one of the best places to live and the CSU campus is absolutely gorgeous (in 12 reviews)

  • Nice campus (aside from construction) and town, mostly kind and understanding professors, flexible work schedule (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, mandatory retirement plan that does not fit well at this stage of your career (in 8 reviews)

  • No benefits and working with people who have never had a job before (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Competitive salary for higher ed
    Great colleagues to work with
    Supportive environment
    College of Business has a "Make a difference" motto

    Cons

    Salaries are lower in higher education than in the private sector

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Colorado State University part-time

    Pros

    fun, relaxed, but serious about work

    Cons

    low pay
     can be stressful during busy periods

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Research associate I

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. The school is very supportive of research that is being done and works with employees at all levels of development. The benefits package is excellent. They really look out for their employees. The management is often very understanding of people if they want to take classes on campus too. CSU is doing some really good work here. I recommend everyone become a part of that.

    Cons

    Grant management is difficult sometimes. It is difficult to fund new or risky research with any leftover money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rework the methods of grant management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great at CSU - 2 days/month of vacation, 1 day/month sick leave, plus 10% retirement plan match, education credits, the list goes on and on.

    Cons

    If you are a results-driven person, the slow pace of grant-funded work can drive you crazy. People are promoted to leadership because they have great research talent, not because they know anything about how to lead. Many issues are left undecided until they cause major problems, all because the highly political environment leads some people to sit on their hands for fear of upsetting the wrong people. You end up staying for the pay and perks, not because you are passionate about the mission. True vision and leadership is rare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about what you are trying to accomplish and take the necessary steps to get there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Gained lots of knowledge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Staff Assistant in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Student Staff Assistant in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Colorado State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked well around my schedule

    Cons

    Low pay and hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The Beautiful Life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laboratory Research Assistant in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Laboratory Research Assistant in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Colorado State University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fort Collins provides great scenery in being located just in front of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The weather is usually sunny and provides 4 great seasons. CSU allows undergraduates to actively participate in research and gives many undergraduates opportunities to become involved in extracurricular activities to help boost one's resume. Although the cost of tuition is rising, CSU is no MIT when it comes to cost of attendance.

    Cons

    The name of Colorado State University doesn't exactly stand out to too many global employers. This leads to the unappreciative employers toward the hard working engineers who spend over 80 hours a week doing homework.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Proud to be a working CSU Ram!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues here that always want to help out and make sure you succeed. The professionalism of everyone who works here is great to be a part of. Everyone knows that there is one mission here and that is to have the students succeed.

    Cons

    The slow pace of Academia creates problems sometimes. If you want or need something very quickly there is normally many hoops to jump through to get there. It is better to cover your bases and plan far ahead to make sure you have enough time to get everything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone has a lower title or they are lower in age doesn't mean they are any less of a human being.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Software Maintenance – HDS Operations Management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colorado State University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    very flexible and people are so friendly

    Cons

    not really any. I totally enjoyed working at CSU.

  10.  

    Microbiologist/Lab Technician

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Microbiologist/Lab Technician in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Microbiologist/Lab Technician in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Colorado State University (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many nice, hard working people to worth with. I also have the Kaiser Permanente health insurance and it is by far the best health insurance coverage I've ever had.

    Cons

    The area in which I work essentially has no room for career advancement, which means good employees will move on eventually. The salary is also limited in relation to the level of work complexity and responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay would go a long way to keeping talented staff.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Steady, easy workload, but vastly dependent upon your professor assignment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Colorado State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, easy tasks, plenty of time for personal assignments.
    Exposure to professors and other students interested in similar vocations is a great opportunity.

    Cons

    Compensation is ok to begin with, but doesn't increase with your experience or productivity. You will be slightly underpaid to begin with and vastly underpaid in the end. There are maximum jumps in pay per time period and certain positions or titles must be occupied for a specific time before you can advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training in ramct is needed.
    Students won't improve unless specific feedback is given.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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