Ohio University
3.6 of 5 84 reviews
www.ohio.edu Athens, OH 5000+ Employees

Ohio University Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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3.6 84 reviews

                             

36% Approve of the CEO

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis

Roderick J. McDavis

(42 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Laid back and stress free work environment"
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  • "Generally laid back working environment"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "A lot of work other than teaching"
    in 3 reviews
  • "The university is in a small town"
    in 4 reviews
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A very great oppurtunity.

Cook II (Current Employee)
Athens, OH

I have been working at Ohio University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood Wages, State Benefits, Good Retirement

ConsBeing part of a union makes it hard to advance. Seniority rules.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is great, if anything they are held back by the union and cant do their job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A state university that wants badly to be private

Administrator (Current Employee)
Athens, OH

I have been working at Ohio University full-time for less than a year

ProsState benefits, work-life balance (depends on the department). Ohio has one of the best pension programs in the country and the health insurance is pretty good. Work-life balance is good, depending on the department.

ConsRural location, campus politics, pay.

You either love the location and culture, or hate it. I suggest you take a hard look at what's around and be honest with yourself about it. OU and Athens is not for everyone. The student culture is questionable at times, and the non-OU locals aren't too keen on OU folks. It can be lonely at times. Also, a car is mandatory.

Everything is political. The most simple tasks become bogged down by backstories and politics.

As I mentioned above, some departments take work-life balance seriously. Others do not and expect you to be tied to your phone or email at all times. It's understandable for those mid to upper level administrators who get paid to be available, but for the average administrator, it's unfair and unrealistic.

OU will keep employees that aren't up to standards, but move them around laterally. So it's musical chairs with lackluster employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementJust be honest, with your employees and peers. The politics on this campus make enjoying your job nearly impossible.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to work!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ohio University

ProsDining hall experience. Great people to work with!

ConsLow hours, also the cooks can be a little crabby

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing

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Underpaid but quite easy

Landscape (Former Employee)
Athens, OH

I worked at Ohio University full-time for more than a year

ProsFun coworkers and a flexible schedule. Paid breaks, excluding lunch, and everyone got their hand at managing people. Very dynamic work groups.

ConsThe pay was a joke. Management was paranoid about everything. There were new rules every day and often times the rules would limit our ability to do our work.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so uptight! Pay your workers more. College students need money, working for the university is like getting free labor. $8.20 with prior experience is unacceptable for physical labor when minimum wage is $7.95

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great People

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
Athens, OH

I have been working at Ohio University full-time for more than a year

ProsThe GTA position paid for all of my living expenses and tuition for grad school. It was a lot of work, but I definitely benefited for the teaching experience and got through my Masters debt-free!

ConsThere really isn't any- you're a grad student so you are expected to work hard and long days. Sometimes I would be thrown into substituting a class without any prior notice so that could get a little stressful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ohio U: Great Place

Spanish TA (Current Employee)
Athens, OH

I have been working at Ohio University part-time for more than a year

ProsSmall departments within the varied colleges allow a close-knit and collaborative work environment to be fostered.

ConsAthens is a small town in Appalachia

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic!!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ohio University

ProsExcellent company culture from top to bottom.

ConsCompensation is not quite on par as compared to other entities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Athens, OH

I have been working at Ohio University part-time for less than a year

Prosno senior management breathing down your back

ConsNot enough chance to move up the ladder

Advice to Senior Managementtttt

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Benefits!

Instructor (Current Employee)
Athens, OH

I have been working at Ohio University full-time for more than a year

ProsFaculty benefits are amazing. The health insurance and retirement benefits can't be beat. The campus is beautiful.
Friendly work environment.

ConsThe town is rather small (a con if you like big cities).
Pay could be better.
Not enough opportunities to teach summer classes (However, this may not apply to every department)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fun but like many colleges there is too much overhead and little return on investment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Athens, OH

I have been working at Ohio University part-time for more than 3 years

Prosbeautiful, great atmosphere and great people. I particular like the hiking nearby and the many opportunities around campus to be involved.

ConsAdministration seems to not listen to its students, and transparency is very poor. There also is a lack of efficiency in how the University is run.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your students, and focus on a truly quality Education, not on a business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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