Fort Hays State University
2.8 of 5 19 reviews
www.fhsu.edu Hays, KS 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 19, 2014

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    Great education experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInternational experience is a plus

    Conssmall area may few opportunities

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    Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Hays, KS

    ProsOnline support like nothing else
    Opportunities for travel abroad

    ConsInternal politics ensure faculty coming in from anywhere other than local cities leave within 4 years.
    Compensation is ok.Stress level is extremely high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRely on your faculty.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging place to work

    Assistant Profeessor (Current Employee)
    Hays, KS

    ProsAcademic freedom, small class sizes, wealth of technology, summer teaching opportunities,

    ConsOverload fairly consistent, low pay, rated bottom of the list for the state

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise the pay and hire more qualified faculty

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Network Technical Support Engineer Assistant (Former Employee)
    Hays, KS

    ProsGood work environment, good culture, and also nice colleague there.

    ConsCannot give H1B for most of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCan you please provide more H1B apply opportunity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Private Institution on Public Funds

    Instructor (Current Employee)
    Hays, KS

    ProsThere are some good people here

    ConsThe good people are often driven out, people who LOOK different are put on diversity committees (even if they know nothing about it), the pay is so very low and the local housing is horrible and costly, there are limited social and community opportunities, they need a good AUDIT to see where some of the funding is going.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit or retire

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to jump start a career, but severely understaffed

    Computing Center (Current Employee)
    Hays, KS

    Pros- Students most definitely come first
    - Plenty of self-direction
    - I never feel like a "cog in the machine"
    - Freedom of innovation, creativity
    - Good chance of making a difference or impact
    - You can see the results of your work; satisfying
    - Great health & vacation benefits; sick leave

    There may be fewer pros listed, but they're big-ticket items in my book. I would recommend FHSU as a great place for those looking to jump-start a career, or those who live in the area and desire a stable workplace.

    Cons- Growth of University mostly due to sacrifices & dedication of employees
    - Critical roles have no backup; severe brain drain & scrambling when employees leave
    - Work/life balance issues for many roles while others cruise Facebook all day
    - No cohesive direction from administration
    - Money is rarely available for projects until it's an emergency
    - Salaries vary wildly between & within departments
    - New hires often paid better than existing employees
    - Administration blatantly ignores technical expertise
    - Morale in IT department can be likened to hospital ward; overall campus morale low
    - Career advancement potential low for unclassified non-teaching staff

    Advice to Senior Management- Listen to your people. If you're not hearing anything, you probably aren't asking.
    - Share your plans with the campus. Flexibility need not be sacrificed in doing so.
    - It's OK to tap into savings once in awhile for more than just emergencies.
    - Build a salary structure and stick to it. The salary disparity is a morale killer.
    - Morale is low, but there doesn't seem to be any plan to improve it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Repressive, Sad Place with Low Morale and Low Pay

    Faculty (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are some good people here (but they are undervalued)

    ConsMen are promoted and given better assignments over women in an overtly manner and women are questioned at every step,
    Minorities are undervalued or used because of their status not because of their skills
    Individuals who LOOK foreign are put on committees for diversity and most do not know anything about it,
    Money is moved around to cover fiscal irresponsibility
    The town is very expensive
    There is a large amount of Radon here that is at high levels in over 90% of the homes (one professor died of lung cancer and his house tested 12!)
    (I could go on....)

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire outsiders with knowledge

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micromanagement and incompetent leadership

    Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Manhattan, KS

    Pros1. Great faculty who are willing to go the extra mile to support student learning
    2. Hammond is retiring
    3. Amazing webinar selection
    4. Great community to grow kids

    Cons1. Hold department administrators accountable for their flops
    2. Replace long tenured, senior idiots who do not know their jobs
    3. Technology choices are unsupported. I cannot get through the helpdesk as a faculty but go through CTELT... Useless unit
    4. FHSU only cares about enrollment and FHSU claims they have 100% pass rate in their programs.
    5. Total lack of integrity and academic rigor.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Well, read the CONS.
    2. Move to K-State
    3. Get better IT support
    4. Get rid of CTELT

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was great

    Network Support Technician (Former Employee)
    Hays, KS

    Prospeers are all very kind and helpful
    Supervisor is really nice

    Consnothing, no con, everything is good!

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep it up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood environment, employer, and employees

    ConsI am not sure of this

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