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Middle Tennessee State University Reviews in Nashville, TN

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
33 Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    Lots of networking and connections; great growing town

    Cons

    Paid once a month
    Required to not leave the premises when on duty
    Required a lot of unnecessary time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cater to your RAs more. They work very hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a place for doing advanced research

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    There might be some interesting opportunities to interact with some talented people. The campus is close to Nashville. Mostly problem free town.

    Cons

    This is not a place for doing advanced research. The university does not put emphasis on research as a way to get its profile higher. It is more of a glorified community college. Even though they have a few graduate programs thrown in the mix, those programs receive almost no funding. The research budget is almost non-existent at this university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide whether you want the place to improve in the neat future. If yes, then invest in good scholars and make sure you can attract promising graduate student. If not, then your current model will soon become a dinosaur.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work and learn

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    This university provides great learning environment.
    It also has best infrastructure for research.
    It is recognized as one of the best schools for aviation in the united States.

    Cons

    -sometimes there can be funding constraints. Apart from that, I cannot think of any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I was a Resident Assistant at Scarlett Commons at Middle Tennessee State University.

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    It was a great way to get experience in interpersonal communication

    Cons

    There are no challenges of working here other than the fact that it is known that at other universities you do get free housing, but at MTSU RA's only get half off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should have monthly rewards for outstanding RAs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    All About Growing Pains

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    Former Employee - Assistant Coach  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Assistant Coach in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    Worked with some good people in the athletic department and really appreciated getting my first opportunity in the industry. The pay was low, but what you would expect for a beginning assistant coach position.

    Cons

    While I was there MTSU was stuck between trying to move from being an irrelevant Mid-Major athletic program to a relevant Mid-Major athletic program. The recent move to Conference USA may help that, but they had been discussing the potential move when I arrived back in 2006.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    As an adjunct instructor for a year, it was good while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    If they have a need, they will give you a fair amount of work. Most of the people I taught with were fairly nice, other teachers and students included.

    Cons

    The contract was only for a year, then they hired someone else on a permanent basis, so don't expect to stay there if you're an adjunct. Some of the teachers and students can have an attitude of entitlement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate your part-time employee base, and keeping full-time professors would be less of a problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good school with an inferiority complex

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    Former Employee - Coordinator  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    Many, very dedicated individuals toil away at MTSU with little in the way of recognition. Good people.
    There are some very good students - not as snotty and entitled as you will find at other types of institutions. I loved the impact of the Music / Recording Industry track students on the campus culture. Lots of musicians carrying their instruments around campus and music being played by students in between classes. Lovely.

    Cons

    This has historically been a commuter campus so there is some baggage there. not much going on, on-campus after 6pm or on weekends... Students commute as far away as Nashville and really don't have time to connect with the campus other than to check in for class and quickly check out. Students carry on with full-time jobs which holds back their potential to perform in the classroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My move to work at MTSU was also a move to living in the South for the first time. Things are slow to move down there... change is snail-like. There is not much impetus to innovate - folks like to keep on doing things the same way they have for 50 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Would go back if the pay was close to in-line with private industry

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    This is a relatively low stress environment. When things go wrong they are simply fixed without undue stress.

    The people I worked with across the campus were wonderful. I can’t think of even a single person who was less than professional and most went above and beyond.

    The benefits are very good.

    There is a good mix of very modern and older technology to give someone working in IT an interesting day.

    Cons

    The only real con I and offer is that, at least in IT, MTSU was significantly below the Nashville pay norm. Ultimately I left for more money and no other reason.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Network Technician

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    Former Employee - Network Technician  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Network Technician in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    This job was very easy. I was able to work whenever I chose. I managed computers in four dorms around campus for ResNet, based out of Womack. I was allowed to work 20 hours a week, and the pay was minimum wage. It was more than fair.

    Cons

    Sometimes things went wrong with the computers that I didn't understand. I feel like I'm pretty well versed in computer problems, but students have unpredictable needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It was nice

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Murfreesboro, TN

    Pros

    Nice people. I was little scared at first since it is such a big place.

    Cons

    Too big. There are some good, some bad people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just reach out to as many people as you can, and you will be fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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