George Mason University Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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Pros
  • GMU was very family oriented and they believed in a work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • I like working here, it's a nice balance of hard work and enjoyable work environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work is not challenging and pay is low (in 11 reviews)

  • There are no benefits for student positions (as expected) and the recognition of excellent service is minimal at best (in 5 reviews)

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  1. The job was under the IT department in a pretty relaxed environment.

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    Former Employee - Resident Technician in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Resident Technician in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at George Mason University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Little experience is necessary as you get on-the job training
    - if there aren't tickets in the queue, doing schoolwork is perfectly ok
    - No friday hours

    Cons

    - There are sunday hours
    - the beginning of the semester can be really busy, but afterwards the volume of tickets decreases drastically

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Mason University

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good environment for work

    Cons

    Not great traffic in the morning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Graduate TA with flexibility to teach classes!

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant

    I worked at George Mason University

    Pros

    An environment conducive to learning and growth; very, very reasonable bosses/ folks in the department; lots of diversity

    Cons

    Long hours for adjuncts and TA's (what with course planning and all); but that's standard everywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing your great work!

    Recommends
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  5. Adjunct Experience

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    Current Employee - Adjunct in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Adjunct in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at George Mason University

    Pros

    Training for adjuncts was positive

    Cons

    Employees could be compensated more and given feedback on teaching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay by experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. KIAF Animal Care Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Mason University

    Pros

    Wonderful staff and researchers to work with. Great facilities & management. Quality care and research quality assurance.

    Cons

    Not looking for full-time technicians. Have to pay for parking pass as a GMU car is not provided. Even so, periodically requires parking to reach facilities for drop-offs ect that are not official parking zones so you may get ticketed.... which is why a GMU car would be helpful.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. GRA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Mason University

    Pros

    Nice environment, good knowledge, time management

    Cons

    nothing to say for this job

    Recommends
  8. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at George Mason University

    Pros

    Great environment! Friendly & administration is always accessible.

    Cons

    Tough Commute. Often pressure for deadlines & funding often in question.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great job very easy and works with school schedule.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Mason University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The management here is awesome, the starting salary is great.

    Cons

    There are no cons for this job its just great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Great Experience

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    Former Contractor - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Contractor - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at George Mason University as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Criminology Department, everyone was passionate about their work. The knowledge level of the Professors was incredible. They were all easy to work for and understood academic constraints, but, required self set deadlines. Great environment.

    Cons

    Little growth unless planning to go for a masters/PhD, this makes a lot of sense though!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great environment for learning mastering new skills quickly

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at George Mason University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    When I worked there, almost complete autonomy was expected of the student teachers. I was impressed that they expected students to learn new software quickly, in order to create lesson plans to teach it. They paid for certifications in all the software the students taught, so it was a quick way to seriously improve your resume. Respectful and fun environment.

    Cons

    You have to deal with the usual slowness of working at a public university, such as learning the quirks of a finicky scanner, because there isn't budget to buy a new one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publicize your services and your job perks more! It's an incredible gig for a student to have!

    Recommends
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