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Awesome life/work balance. Very little management direction and structure.

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Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Portland, OR
Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR

I have been working at Portland State University

Pros

Depending on your manager, you can have a really great job with a lot of autonomy to fulfill your personal and professional mission. Life work balance is extraordinary. There are pockets of deeply committed professionals that make working here a joy and a daily learning experience.

Cons

Lack of information and direction from senior management.
fund balance accounting makes it impossible to ever know where your program/department/school is according to projections.
The ability
A huge number of disenfranchised mid-level managers that bleeds all over their employees.
There are random individuals that are extremely poor workers who know there is nothing anyone can do to them to get rid of them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit separating the professors from the rest of staff,
Improve financial accounting mecahnisms
Quit supporting an environment of traditional higher education silos and king/queendoms
More transparency to employees and students,
higher quality delivery of adult programs

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    Getting better, can't get no worse.

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland State University

    Pros

    Great campus location in beautiful downtown Portland. New bargaining agreement for faculty, new university president engaged for Fall 2008 could change things for the better.

    Cons

    Culture of underachievement by administration; over reliance on contingent teaching laber creates a division within the faculty. Teaching is undervalued, but not fully funded as a research institution. Very little opportunity to advance within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A university is made up of people, not machines, buidings or warehouse inventory. This institution needs to invest in its own faculty and change the culture to value committed teaching and real achievement in the classroom, which will create a better experience for students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Dedicated people who understand the university as a part of the community.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland State University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    No town and gown here--the commuter campus means PSU is serving a huge range of students, and the people who work here are generally pretty dedicated to the mission of educating the city.

    Cons

    I mean, you do have to work downtown, and it's a very large school. But, that means there's a ton of opportunity, little office insularity, and a wide availability of delicious food.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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