Montana State University

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Montana State University Reviews in Bozeman, MT

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of opportunities for cross disciplinary collaboration given MSU historical geographic isolation (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place for outdoor addicts (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay partly due in part to poor support from State Legislature (in 5 reviews)

  • It was nearly impossible to get fired (not that I tried), but it was likewise nearly impossible to get more than a cost of living pay increase either (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    15 Year Employee

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    Current Employee - Information Systems in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Information Systems in Bozeman, MT

    I have been working at Montana State University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about working for MSU-Bozeman is working with intelligent people helping others to learn and get ahead with life. The students provide a varied and interesting environment to work within.

    Cons

    It's difficult to get promoted as there are no direct promotion paths for staff. The only way seems to be through changing jobs. Raises only happen when the legislature passes them and then they are given across the board, not by merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make meaningful contributions to the quality of life of the Staff. Fight for higher base salaries. Many staff (and faculty) leave because they can get better pay somewhere else, leading to a brain drain and extra expense hiring new employees and faculty. Better to spend that money on salary and keep the experience staff and faculty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Outstanding place to live and work

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bozeman, MT

    I have been working at Montana State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location and high standard of living. Great place for outdoor addicts

    Cons

    Lower than average pay on a national level

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, great experience with work-study!

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    Former Employee - Audio-Video Technician in Bozeman, MT
    Former Employee - Audio-Video Technician in Bozeman, MT

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

    Pros

    While working as an audio/video technician I enjoyed being able to contribute to the university and gaining some experience. My manager was nice and helpful if I needed any questions answered!

    Cons

    None I can think of!

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    close to yellow stone

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Bozeman, MT

    I have been working at Montana State University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good benefit, low work intensity. they have a pretty good health insurance plan, everyone is happy about it. close to yellow stone.

    Cons

    small town, the food is very simple here, very limited variety in the city, people are too relaxed when they are working , the ordering system is wired.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It's a public university

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Bozeman, MT
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Bozeman, MT

    I worked at Montana State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with some really smart people, and by and large I was left to my own devices. I was given problems that needed solving, and after a while I was selecting the problems that needed solving. Very satisfying work.

    Cons

    It's a public university, and one of the largest in Montana. So it has all the bad parts about working for the government and working for a large company all rolled into one. It was nearly impossible to get fired (not that I tried), but it was likewise nearly impossible to get more than a cost of living pay increase either. The salary was well below market for a person with my skills, and they have a hard time retaining skilled people, especially in tech fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End the classified system, even if only for programmers, sysadmins, and the like.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoyed campus activities. Good health plan, but staff salaries are low and advancement opportunities limited

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Bozeman, MT
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Bozeman, MT

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

    Pros

    If you love learning, there are lots of opportunities for a staff person to take classes and attend educational events.

    Cons

    Low pay. No bridge between classified positions and professional jobs.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    really liked it

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Bozeman, MT
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Bozeman, MT

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

    Pros

    supportive professors, good pay, strong research community

    Cons

    northern region, harsh whether !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good experience

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    Current Employee - Ph D Candidate in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Ph D Candidate in Bozeman, MT

    I have been working at Montana State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is located in beautiful town Bozeman. Lot of out door activities to do. Great place to live and work.

    Cons

    Leadership is good, and they treat their employees very well. More over the place makes you to stay there for ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Go pure gold!!!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    University with growing pains, learning to cope.

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bozeman, MT

    I have been working at Montana State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Campus atmosphere. Great staff and communication.

    Cons

    The Faculty v. administration drama.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stable but no room for innovation.

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Bozeman, MT
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Bozeman, MT

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

    Pros

    Stable, state funded, interesting problems, big organization with lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic nightmare, actively discouraged innovation, understaffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth and get rid of the low performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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