Metropolitan State University

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GREAT

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Current Employee - Community Faculty in Saint Paul, MN
Current Employee - Community Faculty in Saint Paul, MN

I have been working at Metropolitan State University part-time (More than 8 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Small somewhat isolated departments with almost no politics running independently. Support staff is good and seems to realize they are making a difference since they are the only thing holding the organization together. Highly flexible and able to bend the rules when reasonable (people tend to think instead of parrot policies.) Managed with less waste than I have ever seen, businesses included.

Cons

Too politically correct, especially for a University; more like a business - too risk adverse. The isolated groups never know what each is doing so collaboration is weak - not that it is needed. Faculty workshops are next to useless and that is why nobody goes to them. Often the theme of workshops is decades behind the times. The IT dept is about as bad as everywhere else - horribly underfunded and too many bad attitudes. The website is lousy. Faculty have to for pay parking in the school's ramp. Security cameras on campus to catch the criminals - students do not feel safe going to their cars and there is not enough security escorts to cover the number of people who WOULD ask for one if there wasn't a stigma and an attitude involved. They could use a job placement dept to help graduating students.

Advice to Management

Fund IT dept and demand better service. Make workshops mandatory, smaller sized, more unconventional and remove the usually pointless keynotes; something that builds community like group activities. Staff will share ideas and experiences on their own; prompt a starting point for discussion and let them loose to play bingo or volleyball etc. Improve campus security. Clean up the list serve - we have enough email! Allow us to use our own email tools. Given that email is the only method of communication it should be given much more attention. Stop with all the no-surprise fire drills or at least do them during a break period if you have to rob me of that time every semester. I'd like to know why we are forced to be treated like children - fire drills at this age? How about a FAQ for staff so we can see why policies like this happen? I'm being critical but it appears to me the school runs itself so management should get some credit for this amazing organization working so well.

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  1. Grad Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metropolitan State University part-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - flexible
    - relax environment
    - slow pace (if you like it)

    Cons

    - Some of your co-worker can be clueless about what they do
    - People don't like to change
    - Many seniors

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your root employers who are dealing with students about what they need. And cut-down or freeze your salary instead of lay-off other people job..


  2. SO FUN!

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    Current Employee - Front Desk Support in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Front Desk Support in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They are so laid back and are very flexible with your school schedule. I love it. And my coworkers are quite fun.

    Cons

    No cons. Just fun place to work while you are in school.


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