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Illinois State Reviews in Normal, IL

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
74 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance is really commendable at Illinois State University (in 4 reviews)

  • Great work family balance, great benefits, very nice people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Minimum wage pay and time management (in 3 reviews)

  • early work hours make it difficult (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Technician in Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Student Technician in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State

    Pros

    Keep you busy, and other employees you work with are very friendly and willing to teach. Good place for a student to work

    Cons

    Fast paced, sometimes under staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hands on, very professional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Relations in Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Media Relations in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    While working for Illinois State University's Redbird Athletics Communications, it is clear to see the people in the department truly care about furthering the development of the intern's skill set and professional work experience. You will be asked to complete tasks like a regular employee would and you certainly walk away from this experience thinking you will be more than prepared for a media relations job, or a job related to the field.

    Cons

    Really don't have any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Illinois State provides a great learning experience in the workplace and in the classroom!

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Normal, IL

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

    Pros

    There is great insight to what goes on behind the scenes in the classroom technology department allowing for the opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Not much professional growth. Some employees seem self righteous.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was an extremely positive experience with great coworkers and management. It was by far the best job on campus.

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    Former Employee - Member Services Associate in Normal, IL
    Former Employee - Member Services Associate in Normal, IL

    I worked at Illinois State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly students. Friendly faculty and staff. Fun work environment. Good networking and professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    None. Everything was super awesome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of time off, good benefits great environment being among college students. The town is very good, great public transportation. Recently recognized as one of the top ten towns to live.

    Cons

    Still maturing in IT Project Management processes. In the middle of a large legacy sunset project, so extreme stress to meet deadlines, high turnover of management and team. We have time-off benefits but approval to get time off is hard at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in Project Managers before starting a project, do not promise dates to the world before planning the work. Promote good workers and qualm the team's fears that this high paced work and the push to complete is temporary and is highly appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Normal, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Normal, IL

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

    Pros

    Being a research assistant was a great experience which paid for my graduate school at ISU. This job has given me a lot of opportunities that wouldn't have been available if I did not take it.

    Cons

    You are assigned a random teacher to work under each semester and depending on who you are assigned, it may be very unorganized or overwhelming. The pay is not great but I think benefits outweigh this issue

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lifeguard

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Normal, IL
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Normal, IL

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours to work around class schedules, excellent management staff that were very personable and helpful.

    Cons

    Working with the same coworkers may get boring at times, as you have a set schedule for each semester.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Illinois State is an awesome employer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work schedule is very flexible. The professors I worked with are very professional, supportive, understanding and helpful. The benefits I get from work helped me a lot in supporting my studies at the University. Workload is very much manageable.

    Cons

    Minimal professional growth. The sole purpose of the job is to support my studies financially so there is not much of an opportunity to grow professionally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Worked as GA at the college of Applied Science and tech

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, applied and acquired a wide range of skills. Helpful and cooperative manager. Worked part time 20 hours a week, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    There were no cons for working part time. Was very satisfied during my time working as a grad assistant at the college of applied science and technology

  11.  

    If you find a position you like, the overall experience is pleasant, simple, and convenient.

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Freedom to work at your own pace
    Trusted to do your best work and enter your work hours
    Build rapport with your employer (teachers, administrators...)
    Helpful peers

    Cons

    With much freedom comes a lack of direction (if you're self-motivated and don't have a problem with creating work for yourself, this shouldn't be an issue)
    Insufficient source of professional experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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