Missouri State University

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Missouri State University Reviews in Springfield, MO

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
61 Reviews
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Missouri State University Interim President Clifton M. "Clif" Smart, III
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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.  

    Great place to be a student worker!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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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  2.  

    Graduate Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 an 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.

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  5.  

    Student Jobs are pretty good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Professional in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Communications Professional in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Missouri State University part-time (less than an 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
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's Own Little Community

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Graduate Assistantship is the way to make it through Grad College

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Missouri State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MSU is a great place to study and education level is high and constructive. Being a GA allowed me to pay for my school while making some money. I gain a lot of experiences and interacted with several people. MSU is very international so you might see a lot of Asians and people from many other countries of the world.

    Cons

    Perhaps it was not a good career path after finishing being a GA with 2 masters. The addition of being an international student makes it a little harder but no impossible. You gotta keep trying and applying.

    Recommends
  8.  

    It was a great work environment especially because I worked with people I went to school with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    The team I worked with motivated me to work hard. There were many growth opportunities.

    Cons

    I really liked working there a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could have been more strict.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great learning experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English Department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant/Masters Student in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant/Masters Student in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    The English department has incredible faculty that guide you through your two years of teaching. The office atmosphere with the other teaching assistants can't really be rivaled, especially with the friendships that develop as well as the professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    Even though the pay for this position includes a tuition waiver, the salary was barely enough to get by. It was also hard to balance teaching responsibilities (grading, teaching, conferences) with my own class responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I would give is to pay your TAs more. The culture is great, training is helpful, and continued professional development opportunities are plentiful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Being a graduate assistant is great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    tuition waivers, health benefits, flexible time

    Cons

    income limitations, promotion limitations, boring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A Great Working Experience as an Tutor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Tutor in Springfield, MO

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

    Pros

    Work with clients. Enhance professional knowledge and skills.

    Cons

    Hourly rate was low. Income was depend on how many clients you have

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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