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East Tennessee State Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
20 Reviews

3.7
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Professional atmosphere, pay raises few...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professional, lots of training opportunities, great people to work with. Good benefits!

    Cons

    State job=no raises, parking was an issue but that is fixed now.

  2.  

    A decent employer to work for while you learn whether you want to work in academia or not

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

    Pros

    Very enriching atmosphere to work in with highly educated people

    Cons

    Too many personal politics interfering with how a person is able to work and foster a positive attitude while doing what they were hired to do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    * Great benefits
    * The University tries to cultivate a strong community feeling
    * Great interaction with the surrounding Tri-Cities community
    * Pay is not bad (but also not great) considering the cost of living in the area

    Cons

    * Consistently ignored projections about declining student population (which is a trend across the country) with the decline in Baby-Boomers' children, causing the organization to take on highly unsustainable goals (especially bringing back the football team)...
    * ...And to recoup their losses, the University accepts a number of students who have no business being in college (Note: Most students are college material, but the number of students who aren't make up a significant minority)
    * Money has been grossly mismanaged, and I have no confidence that this University is going to last more than a decade or two
    * Established employees perpetuate a "culture of mediocrity" by forcing out anyone who has the audacity to try to excel
    * The University doesn't do enough to help students who aren't looking to stay in the Tri-Cities after graduation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Don't ignore data projections in pursuit of keeping up with the "institutional arms race" that appears to be occurring in higher education
    * The University is hemorrhaging money trying to bring back the football team. Even if the University wishes to upgrade the Athletics Department, perhaps a smarter plan would be to start with upgrading the facilities (especially the Mini-Dome).
    * Not every person is meant to go to college! The learning assistance programs for people with sub-high school reading levels hurts everyone else by putting a cap on how much they can learn in a class

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok in the short term, but a definite career killer in the long run.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice mountainous local environment, good for outdoor activities and families.
    Some professors are very collaborative, enthusiastic, and great teachers.

    Cons

    Lots of elderly professors (70-80) who are out of touch with modern culture & education methods. Chairmen show no interest in mentoring or developing staff & faculty. Excessive and obvious gender bias & disparity in salaries. Financial Aid Dept is a disaster. Admin hires too many adjuncts at low pay who don't care about teaching well. Not enough faculty to cover courses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using research institute criteria for hiring and promotion; this school will never draw enough funding to justify such unreasonable expectations. Instead, play to the strengths of the rural setting and hire some people who can TEACH!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    it was a great place to work.

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

    Pros

    people work in a team effert. the benefits.

    Cons

    it did not pay enough.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working at ETSU has been rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Johnson City, TN

    Pros

    The supervisors are willing to work with you.
    You get to set you own hours.
    The office setting is quiet and people leave you alone so you can actually get stuff done.

    Cons

    They don't install the latest software on the computers.
    The office is not open on the weekends.
    All you get is a cubical not an entire office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work. Loved my time there. Had many friends that I will maintain.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people. Beautiful environment. Friendly and inexpensive part of the country. I will always remember my time there fondly.

    Cons

    State funding environment is not good. Budget battles will continue as state funding decreases every year.

  9.  

    Not Bad

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Johnson City, TN

    Pros

    Great benefits, laid back and informal environment.

    Cons

    Not many growth opportunities, low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on incentives for employees to do a good job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great summer experience

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician  in  Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Johnson City, TN

    Pros

    ETSU has good work relations, decent pay for an undergraduate worker.

    Cons

    The office for hiring was hard to work with.

  11.  

    Good for the small student-teacher ration educational experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Johnson City, TN

    Pros

    Small intimate school
    Have some great faculty advisors

    Cons

    To get ahead sometimes it is who you know not how qualified you are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that it is the smaller people that make the University run

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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