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It was a good experience as a graduate student job

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Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Normal, IL
Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Normal, IL

I worked at Illinois State part-time (More than a year)

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

Pros

It was a really good experience for me to work at ISU as a graduate assistant. It pays good enough to have a student life in a city like Normal which costs of life is not too much. I did not have to pay my tuition as well which was good. I also learned many things while I was working as a research assistant.

Cons

you may find Normal/IL very boring small town. The weather is also tough! winters are so cold and summers are freaking hot and humid.

Advice to Management

The student cost should be waived for graduate assistant like tuition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -School comes first so getting time off is/was easy.
    -Worked around my schedule.
    -Allowed time off during finals or project deadlines for classes
    -Easy work. They expect students to not have experience but I had years of actual job experience.
    -Summer/weekends off.
    -Studied during downtime (depends on where you work)
    -Friendly coworkers. Really casual environment.
    -Dress code is casual for student workers or business casual for interns.
    -Low stress.
    -Management very easy to talk to and understanding.

    Cons

    -Low pay. Min wage for students, higher for interns/grad assistants but nothing livable.
    -State funding might restrict how much you can work if you want more hours. Not ISU's fault, just a heads up.

    Advice to Management

    Let people know when bad things happen (lack of raises, ect) it is not ISU's fault. It is state funding.


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    Illinois State University - Great Vacation Benefits - Low Salaries

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Bloomington, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Vacation Benefits ( about a month a year and can accrue up to 90 days )
    - Christmas Shutdown ( university shutdown over Christmas break for 7 days )
    - Pension
    - Free Education
    - Work life Balance is good.

    Cons

    - Salaries are lower that competitors in Central Illinois.
    - Salaries are public listed and are not private.
    - Salaries are tied to State of Illinois budget. Due to the State budget being in red usually increases are extremely minimal
    - Alot of Change. Areas in university are constantly being reorganized or merged so there is feeling of being on a rollercoaster constantly.
    - No clear promotion or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    - My area since working here have being reorganized now close to 10 times. Seems like every month there is some major change. I would recommend for my management to implement change slower.

    - Salaries are incosistent. Very common here to see one employee start at X salary and be here 10, 15, or 20 years and then management hires a new employee doing the same job making a solid 10K above the old employee with no rhyme or reason.

    - There is no clear promotion or advancement. Very common for someone here to get to a role and be in that same role their entire career

    - I would recomment management to be more consistent, limit change, value loyal employees and build a culture where employees are valued.


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