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Missouri State University Reviews in Springfield, MO

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
66 Reviews
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Missouri State University Interim President Clifton M. "Clif" Smart, III
Clifton M. "Clif" Smart, III
26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The campus is beautiful and students (in 4 reviews)

  • MSU is a great place to study and education level is high and constructive (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • upper management don't communicate with each other well (in 3 reviews)

  • Sometimes unrealistic expectations for student workers (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    I learned a lot of practical skills working as student web developer.

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    Current Employee - Student Web Developer in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Student Web Developer in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    My hours within my office were very flexible, I choose what hours I worked on each day. They really let me work around my school schedule.

    Cons

    Because of a student policy I was only allowed to work 20 hours a week during the school year, and under 40 during breaks and summer. 20 hours a week was hard to live on.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great place to work if you can avoid the politics.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for graduate students to work and pay for tuition at the same time. Graduate assistantships are challenging and provide a lot of good opportunities to network for someone hoping to make a career on a college campus.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics involved with being a graduate assistant at Missouri State, especially if you find yourself working in the corporate office or one of the academic departments. People sometimes have a hard time minding their own business and the gossip chain can be unsettling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Graduate students need a bigger stipend in order to make the assistantships worthwhile for some people.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Great environment and opportunity for per-course teaching.

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    Current Employee - Per Course Instructor/Marketing in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Per Course Instructor/Marketing in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    I love teaching per-course at Missouri State's marketing department. I have support when I need it but the independence to create a class schedule and curriculum of my own. The compensation is great for per course.

    Cons

    I wish there were more formally shared resources. My first semester was definitely the hardest, but each semester gets better and I am able to improve my teaching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A training or seminar especially for per course business instructors would be helpful. Comparing notes like how many points are offered in a class or tips and tricks to make the first semester easier would have helped me when I started out.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great student job.

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    Current Employee - Student Employee in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at Missouri State University

    Pros

    I was a student worker at the Missouri State Bookstore & they have some amazing mangers running things like customer service, clothing, and the convenient stores. Awesome managers who understand how to lead. I would follow these mangers just about anywhere because they just understand how to motivate. It is a very relaxed atmosphere not very competitive. And saving the best for last, they work around class schedules!!
    Great college job.

    Cons

    Some managers are grumpy, sometimes hard to be around.
    A lot of student employees you don't to chat or meet any big dogs in the company/school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managers actually overseeing/interacting with the students are doing great! The Director is a nice lady but doesn't know a lot of student workers. Direct Managers are the glue to this bookstore & holding an amazing team for the face of the bookstore. Cliff Smart should be proud!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Supportive office, campus not so much

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at Missouri State University

    Pros

    Learned a lot, especially about how politics can affect what your office gets. The students are absolutely the highlight.

    Cons

    Salary is pretty much as low as they can get away with, honestly. There are plenty of better paying institutions out there.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    Great place to be a student worker!

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    Former Employee - Microcomputer Student Analyst in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Microcomputer Student Analyst in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, easy going, understanding supervisors

    Cons

    None that I have encountered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    Graduate Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at Missouri State University

    Pros

    Great place, generous stipend. Lovely city.

    Cons

    Not that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  9.  

    Great learning experience--wish they'd hire me full time!

    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    If you're lucky enough to awarded a Graduate Teaching Assitantship in the English department, be prepared for an intense two years. As a teacher, you'll be closely guided by experts in the field and may be able to not only teach composition but poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or TESOL. Best two years of my life and I miss it!

    Cons

    The pay isn't great but the tuition waiver makes it worth it. I don't have first hand experience, but have heard it can be difficult to advance in any department and the salary is considerably lower than other state universities. Springfield is a fine college town, but may not be somewhere you'd want to settle. The Queen City of the Ozarks is also in the Bible belt; something to consider if you're not a conservative Christian.

  10.  

    Student Jobs are pretty good.

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    Former Employee - Communications Professional in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Communications Professional in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    Flexible around your class and homework schedule. If you live on campus or near the bearline your commute is free and relatively easy.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible. 7 or 8 dollars an hour max

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer higher paid for the more skilled or difficult jobs around campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  11.  

    It's Own Little Community

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Missouri State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of perks-extensive amount of vacation, time off between Christmas and New Years that you are off but don't apply to your vacation time. Health clinic on campus. A sense of community and energy. Tuition credit.

    Cons

    Compensation is low. Can be political at times with office drama that is allowed to fester. It kind of depends on the department, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunities for current employees to move around to other positions. When hiring, don't limit yourselves to just those who have had that exact job title at another University. Consider transferable skills as well.

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