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New Mexico State University Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
63 Reviews

3.9
63 Reviews
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New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It is laid back and relaxing environment to work (in 5 reviews)

  • The cost of living in this area is really low (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • I'm considered "temp staff" which cannot work more than 20 hours a week (in 2 reviews)

  • For instance, American grad students are taken off of payroll for about 2-3 weeks during the winter break, whereas foreign students are not (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great environment

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Las Cruces, NM
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Las Cruces, NM

    Pros

    The faculty is friendly and helpful. It is a nice environment to work in and there is always help when needed.

    Cons

    Not the university but the town is expensive, especially food.

    Recommends
  2.  

    very very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very very good i like it

    Cons

    very very good i like it

  3.  

    People is really friendly and supportive

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Las Cruces, NM
    Current Employee - Staff in Las Cruces, NM

    Pros

    The hours are very flexible

    Cons

    You can only work in casual events

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Pleasurable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful people and great benefits!

    Cons

    Budget cuts and changes from Santa Fe

    Recommends
  6.  

    Friendly environment

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  Las Cruces, NM
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Las Cruces, NM

    Pros

    It is very family friendly environment and hours are very flexible. People are very helpful and friendly. It is laid back and relaxing environment to work.

    Cons

    The pay was lower side with my experience. However, the town is not expensive to live, so it is manageable. There are not much postdocs comparing to other schools, so there is no postdoc association as I know of to support postdocs (career development workshop etc..).

  7.  

    Graduate Student Work Experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Las Cruces, NM
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Las Cruces, NM

    Pros

    As a student in engineering/science disciplines, my experience in research work environments has been good; however, you must know/get to know a leading professor or find out who is bringing in the research dollars. This is especially a big factor in choosing where to go to graduate school of course; don't expect there to be an assistantship there just waiting for you. A pro resulting from building good relationships with professors, expecting to treat the work like a real job and achieve results, and being willing to ask around other departments for opportunities has been the offer of continuing part time work for a while even after graduation.

    Cons

    The challenge of working here, as a student in engineering especially, can be finding the work in the first place (not guaranteed, especially for grad students). I find that international students are very often depending on work when they come to school here, but then struggle to find assistantships/jobs in some departments. It has become obvious to me that international students without connections struggle every semester to survive here due to competition for graduate assistantships and sometimes favoritism on the part of professors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faculty/staff need to make it a priority to procure funding for students; do not think that no one will know or care if you make promises for enrollment and mistreat vulnerable students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    Frustrating with a lot of brick walls

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Pros

    They paid me. That was cool. The paychecks were always on time, but for some reason, if you work Spring into Summer, you still get a skipped paycheck. As a grad student who already didn't get paid much, that was killer.

    Cons

    People are rude and dense. If you're a graduate student, you're not an employee, so you get none of the considerations of that. Instead, you deal with the college as a student, that of which they have little to no respect for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being jerks to graduate students. Students are literally your job. Each and every one of your jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to retire from

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    Former Employee - Facilities Space Planner  in  Las Cruces, NM
    Former Employee - Facilities Space Planner in Las Cruces, NM

    Pros

    Better than average pay, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Will fire you at a moments notice for minor infractions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the whole picture into account, place real value in your employees.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment for career development

    Cons

    Small city. Not a top University. Low funding for research.

  11.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Student Employee  in  Las Cruces, NM
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Las Cruces, NM

    Pros

    Great for student experience and culture

    Cons

    full time work not sure of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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