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Illinois State Reviews in Normal, IL

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
58 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)

  • winters are so cold and summers are freaking hot and humid (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    It is what it is

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Solid and stable. You get to work with great students. Nice but not spectacular benefits.

    Cons

    Definately a two-tier work place: faculty ar treated preferentially over other staff. Little to no opportunities to advance. This is a dead-end keep this job until you retire type job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great professional development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leadership, professional development, networking, public speaking, organization

    Cons

    advancement opportunities, salary rate, long work hours for low pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very limited opportunity within Administrative Technologies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State full-time

    Pros

    The medical/dental/vacation benefits are the best pros for ISU. If you are hired as a civil service, there are also retirement options that may be beneficial (assuming the state stays solvent, which is not a certainty). Its also a wonderful diverse tolerant community. Working with students is always dynamic and exciting. ISU is also in good fiscal health compared to other universities.

    Cons

    Within Administrative Technologies there are a number of issues: 1. The movement away from hiring people with a civil service classification (which makes it difficult to get laid off) to one/two year contracts. You take much less pay working for ISU, the typical tradeoff use to be job security, that is now changing. 2. Lack of clear upward advancement -- Many people keep the same job duties forever. There is almost no potential for advancement. Hand in hand with this is no way to move up in salary. If you are taking a job at ISU, make sure your starting salary meets your future needs, you will not have anything more than a 1% to 3% raise, depending on the health of the university. 3. Enterprise mentality - In the last two years, there has been a movement towards treating people as they were working within a large enterprise. This has meant mandatory overtime for large numbers of IT staff. So be prepared to be asked to work evenings, weekends, and have blackout/brownout periods which limit your ability to take time off. 4. Poor morale - As for Fall of 2014, morale is poor within Administrative Technologies and most competent people that are not tied into the civil service retirement are leaving. Administrative Technologies has had about 40% turnover in the last 2 years. 5. Politics - Every job has office politics. The issue with ISU is that there is no bottom line, so it is very easy to make decisions based on friendships, instead of ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take care of your workers. Clear advancement would be a first and offer raises when people acquire new skills and responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    ETL Developer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ETL Developer  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - ETL Developer in Normal, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work environment but slow growth rate. Profile growth is slow.

    Cons

    Lack of experience, changing employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very Poor Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The College of Education has a wonderful mission to educate teachers to teach all children in Illinois. The College has historically been nationally recognized and has received many accolades.

    Cons

    There has been an overall change of leadership in the College since 2012. The current leadership team is very hierarchical and punitive. They meet behind closed doors, do not allow for substantive input from faculty or staff and generally treat employees extremely poorly, with little concern for their personal welfare. The new leaders in the College are widely perceived as micromanagers more concerned with controlling employees than with responding to the new challenges of teacher education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately the culture has become negative and coercive. There needs to be an entirely new paradigm and management needs to allow for input. Current leaders are practicing the opposite of the College slogan "Realizing the Democratic Ideal."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Student Worker TSC

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    Current Employee - Student IT Technician  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Student IT Technician in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexiblity with hours, duties and other tasks

    Cons

    Have to clock out to take a break. Labor laws violated and not fulfilled on behalf of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do it for your staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful experience with great people!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facility Manager  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Facility Manager in Normal, IL

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

    Pros

    Work atmosphere is both fun as well as productive
    Everyone, including the higher professional staff, are friendly and willing to offer help in any capacity

    Cons

    Not a very large amount of opportunities to move up within the department

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Student Technician

    Former Employee - Student IT Technician  in  Normal, IL
    Former Employee - Student IT Technician in Normal, IL

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

    Pros

    The position gives you a lot of insight into the behind the scenes operations of the University. Flexible work schedule works around your classes and any tests/homework you need to catch up on.

    Cons

    Professional development is minimal in the position. The workload is more than the size of the staff can handle, so at times it feels like you're fighting just to not move further behind.

  10.  

    Good place to work, but a bit insulated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Normal, IL

    I have been working at Illinois State full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of nice people; chance to help students in their futures and help develop the next generation. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Parking is very difficult on campus. And the people tend to be isolated in the sense that outsiders often have a hard time overcoming their status as outsiders. There is a definite preference to go with folks who are "local" to ISU.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more willing to hire folks outside of ISU.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Lobby Shop Cashier

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Normal, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Normal, IL

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

    Pros

    very flexible scheduling
    not required to work over breaks
    great staff and management
    friendly environment

    Cons

    minimum wage
    hard to get more than 20hrs a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good attitudes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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