Idaho State University Reviews

Updated May 21, 2015
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Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas
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  1. Lovely place to work

    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in Pocatello, ID

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    It is a really friendly working environment.

    Cons

    Nothing bad for this organization.


  2. Good company to work for; great benefits but low pay.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Idaho State University full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing! The health insurance is better than my moms who is a head nurse. Working full time for the university gives you reduced school which is an added bonus.

    Cons

    Some of the problems working with the university is that it is pretty low pay. The raises you do get for most of the jobs are "poverty raises", which means the state is required to give a raise by law. It is also difficult to move up at the university.

    Advice to Management

    Open more pathways for individuals who already work for the university to move up in the company.


  3. Don't Touch It With A 10 Foot Pole

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Pocatello, ID

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most people can have a flexible schedule. It is a major employer in a depressed SE Idaho town (Pocatello). Many of the people are good.

    Cons

    Supervisors are out of control, Because it is important in the town economy, it attracts psychopaths who think they can do anything they want and it hurts everyone, both employee morale and community attitudes toward it. There is no rational policy that rewards good work and reprimands bad. A former employee was publicly insulted by the circulation of a memo condemning him to all staff and faculty, and no one was reprimanded. That individual summed it up by saying it was characterized by prison yard politics.

    Advice to Management

    You are so surrounded by bad, where can you start to fix things? And nothing is done because administration collects 6 figure salaries for doing nothing, and you are implicated in what you have allowed to happen. The honorable thing would be to resign without severance. If there were honor there, it would have already happened.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Decent Flexibility, Terrible Politics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Idaho State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and people at the lower levels are great.

    Cons

    The department of psychology might be the most politically oriented place I've ever worked. Completely devoid of even the semblance of free speech.


  6. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Idaho State University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Faculty are very supportive of students.

    Cons

    State funding could be higher.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Poor administration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Idaho State University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits aren't bad, especially if you can get hired on as classified staff while trying to finish your degree, job security, some nice co-workers. The culture varies from department to department.

    Cons

    Little to no chance of advancement unless you know somebody. Administration is poor. Morale is low. Pay is not competitive. The attitude is that all staff are replacaeable, and if you don't like it, leave.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. A good learning experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Faculty running high school politics fighting over no resources

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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