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Idaho State University Reviews in Pocatello, ID

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
29 Reviews
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Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas
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  1.  

    My experience at ISU has been that it was a really descent job that I have enjoyed.

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Pocatello, ID

    I have been working at Idaho State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They had really flexible schedules. I did not work as a teacher here so I didn't get any benefits or anything like that, but my boss was a great guy.

    Cons

    It was a little monotonous at times. If you don't enjoy being around people that make fun of you every once in a while then this would not be a good place for you to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Ask yourself why AARUP would pull accreditation then find out

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    Former Employee - Staff Researcher in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Staff Researcher in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most employees are very friendly and helpful, those who are not sycophants of the President and his cronies.

    Cons

    Do the research yourself, there are plenty of cons to find. I suggest starting with why AARUP would want to pull accreditation. You might also want to investigate the recent legal actions against ISU admin relating to freedom of speech. Cronyism is ruining the university. Vailas wants to run ISU like any other business and he can't see (and his cronies don't care) that universities are actually NOT like other businesses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. You are hated by the great majority of the people being crushed under you. If you want to run a business, Mr. Vailas, find a department store that needs a dictator to clean house. ISU is not the kind of business that your skill set benefits from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A good learning experience.

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Pocatello, ID

    I have been working at Idaho State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Research oriented university
    - Very friendly people
    - A beautiful town to stay energetic

    Cons

    - Small place
    - City should have more options for traveling.
    - Not many food options are available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Faculty running high school politics fighting over no resources

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The standards are so low you will get tenure

    Cons

    The culture at this business is abysmal. The Department of Psychology has to hire someone every single year without growth because no one will stay in that backstabbing, backwards department. There are married couples in the department who complain together against faculty for bizarre reasons. Since they do not prepare their graduate students to compete on the national stage, your service gets roped in to awful departmental annual awards. The priorities are completely misplaced. They did not know the difference between a grant and a contract. It is better to take a fourth postdoc than to work here as a TT faculty. Pay was a national-low $50,000/annual. I warn my young colleagues not to apply to their annual openings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Department of Psychology has very serious culture problems. Look at the turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great if you are a student

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Most on campus jobs will work around your class schedule. You choose how many hours you want to work too. I loved my on campus job while I was going to school. Super convenient

    Cons

    You are on campus so much that you quite frankly get sick of it. By the end of the semester I would use any excuse to get a break from all the big brick buildings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Biology Department is Great

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pocatello, ID

    I have been working at Idaho State University as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people in the Biology department are very connected too each other. They are more than willing to help one another.

    Cons

    Upper management demands a lot and gives very little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand on professors is too high. Consider assigning more grads to teach courses.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Grant Writer in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Grant Writer in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Campus and surrounding area are pretty

    Cons

    Bad administration; shrinking budget; unstable university that is downsizing. Stressful place to work. Stay away from working here if at all possible. Most who work here are not treated well. Also, the university is not run in a way that is good for students. The graduation rate is very low. So, students end up owing a lot for their education and often don't get a degree with which to earn money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are destroying a university that was once good by driving off experienced staff and faculty. Make the atmosphere a positive one for students, staff, and faculty. Cease hurting the university that you are supposed to protect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administration more concerned with saving money than student education.

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    Former Contractor - Teacher/Adjunct Faculty in Pocatello, ID
    Former Contractor - Teacher/Adjunct Faculty in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are great people who work here.

    Cons

    Administration keeps cutting salaries and positions. Full time staff is replaced with cheaper adjunct faculty and so many responsibilities are placed on the few full time positions that there is no time for research or career advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Busy and lots of variety.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and a constantly changing list of projects.

    Cons

    It's a state job. Everything moves at a glacial pace. The pay rate is so far below market value you have to wonder how they calculate it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    excellent

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    Former Employee - Tutor and TA in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Tutor and TA in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Idaho State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The different colleges houses some of the best department PhD and instructors in the US.
    The school has many many benefits including a student clinic and pharmacy.
    The school is untraditional for all aged people .

    Cons

    The parking is out of control for price and no available spots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff in certain positions are willing to pass the buck and not know their field of expertise nor go above and beyond tohelp others. I would

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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