East Tennessee State Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Learned a lot but not for much pay

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    Former Employee - Research Tech
    Former Employee - Research Tech

    I worked at East Tennessee State full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot of valuable skills in the lab I worked in. It was fun but a lot of hard work and I wish I would have earned a bit more for the time I was there and my efficiency and work output.

    Cons

    As with some universities, there is some dead weight as far as tenured faculty who don't do anything sucking the life out of some departments. The new chair of Biomedical Sciences is very closed minded for being a scientist.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly if you work hard and are nice to people you will do well.

  2. RA for multiple years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at East Tennessee State

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

    Pros

    Hours are the best being able to work from your room. Great leadership opportunities.

    Cons

    The housing office needs new management. Most are 30-40+ years older than students and are so out of touch. None of my suggestions on how to update housing for this generation of students seem to be heard.

    Advice to Management

    Get new -top- management that has been in college in the last ten years and let them make drastic changes. Also, no one cares about bulletin boards except for you!

  3. Worried about the future of the university and the students' enrollment

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Johnson City, TN

    I have been working at East Tennessee State

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

    Pros

    Less stressful. Good people to work with. Long summer and winter break

    Cons

    Very underpaid. Tight budgets now. Not many good collaboration opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    The university spent too much money on different projects, e.g, bell tower, lawn, etc. Need to have a good long run strategy. Invest more money on faculty and good students. Raise the salary of faculty, reduce teaching load so that they could do more research to bring good students and receive more grant.

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  5. Great benefits, horrible pay and atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Johnson City, TN

    I have been working at East Tennessee State

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits ate fantastic! Great annual and sick time, a paid week off at Christmas, free tuition for employees, excellent health insurance.

    Cons

    Pay is horribly below average. If you can't play politics you will not survive. Whatever you do, don't ever think the HR department will help you.

    Advice to Management

    Treat ALL employees fairly, not just administrators. Clean house in HR.

  6. Administration Needs Thinned Out

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Johnson City, TN

    I worked at East Tennessee State full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved my years with ETSU. There are some phenomenal members of the faculty and staff.

    Cons

    I developed an ulcer trying to improve the quality of the programs at ETSU. There are a large number of faculty and staff that do more harm than good to the university. Administration is bloated and overpaid, tenure is abused, and adjuncts are overused.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at what value you're getting for the resources that you hold. Clean house at every level and give the students better value.

  7. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at East Tennessee State (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great students, supportive staff and faculty, good benefits for employees, good administration and student services.

    Cons

    Too many special interests instead of focusing on students' success. OIT is slow to respond or defaults to 'no', and physical plant has problematic areas. Salary low compared to peer institutions.

  8. Teaching

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at East Tennessee State part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Overall great place to work.

    Cons

    Meager stipends are paid to TAs

    Advice to Management

    Increase teaching Assistant stipends

  9. Great atmosphere, great campus but low wages.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at East Tennessee State full-time

    Pros

    Great Students, invested and hardworking, beautiful campus and collegial atmosphere amongst faculty. New football team. Great Benefits. New President that has done a lot of changes in different ways. He is definitely invested in improving ETSU.

    Cons

    Very low salary staff and faculty compare to other university in the region. Budget cut all around the university. Very little chance for a raise unless you get an other position somewhere else which is tough for the faculty's moral. Seems like there is little recognition for the faculties/departments investment from the higher administration.

    Advice to Management

    Improve as much as possible the competitiveness of the salaries, it will benefit the student's body as much as the University all around.

  10. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at East Tennessee State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great students, supportive staff and faculty, good benefits for employees, good infrastructure and support services like physical plant and OIT.

    Cons

    Administration has too many people, slow to respond, student services have problematic areas. Salary low compared to peer institutions.

  11. Good Environment and good benefit

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    Former Employee - Administration Office Worker in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Administration Office Worker in Johnson City, TN

    I worked at East Tennessee State part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice campus environment and friendly co-workers. Job is not hard, but very good pay and benefit.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance can be a little hard to achieve when it gets busy.

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