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Ohio University Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
116 Reviews
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116 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • State benefits, work-life balance (depends on the department) (in 5 reviews)

  • Generally laid back working environment (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Athens is a small town in Appalachia (in 5 reviews)

  • A lot of work other than teaching (in 3 reviews)

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    Former Peer Learning Community Leader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, OH

    I have been working at Ohio University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    A great way to earn a little extra cash on the side while providing new students with valuable review sessions and study habits.
    The professor in charge of all the Biology PLCLs was a wonderful mentor and really cared about her students and us.
    Very understanding of academic conflicts that could arise (exams, thesis, etc)

    Cons

    It was difficult to not feel like you were babysitting your students sometimes.
    Having to keep a huge binder and supplies for the daily activities with you at all times was obnoxious at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hold your Leaders meetings at 5pm on a Friday.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, ineffective leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Athens, OH
    Current Employee - Instructor in Athens, OH

    I have been working at Ohio University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Quality of the people, small town atmosphere, pretty campus and surrounding area. Good place to live with a family of school-aged kids.

    Cons

    Senior leadership does not have a strong vision for the institution, and there has been a great deal of turnover in leadership positions, particularly on the administrative side. The decentralized control (decision-making authority given to academic units) makes the institution inefficient. Interdisciplinary cooperation is challenging, and institutional support for central academic functions (teaching and learning, academic technologies, etc.) is almost nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the progress on raising faculty salaries. Make sure central administrative units are responsive to faculty needs, not just their budgets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to do research

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ohio University

    Pros

    Good academic atmosphere, nice teachers and classmates. Everybody in the town seems like kind and helpful.

    Cons

    Sometimes the life here is kind of boring since Athens is far away from Metropolitan.

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  5.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Athens, OH

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

    Pros

    Earn while you get a degree, easy going and great work/life balance. Great location for students with like and open minded people all around.

    Cons

    Career prospects are satisfactory at best. Hard to get noticed by anyone in the real world except through career fairs. Prospective employer choices are minimal and unsatisfactory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Small, serene and academic

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Athens, OH

    I worked at Ohio University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Had a good experience working in one of the departments, great teamwork and there is a flexible schedule to accommodate students.

    Cons

    Very little to dislike working as a student

  7.  

    Excellent experience all around.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Aide in Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Aide in Athens, OH

    I worked at Ohio University part-time

    Pros

    Best jobs available in Athens, Ohio.

    Cons

    Basically owned the city; so was able to dictate most anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  8.  

    Great town, suffers from over corporatization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, OH

    I worked at Ohio University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great town, but at OU you can get lost in the mix. So if you like the town and lose your ambition, you can grow roots.

    Cons

    Leadership seems always to be changing, except at the highest level. If they're not careful, soon there will be more deans than full time faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about education. Do the right thing always. Be wary of the promise of gadgets.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ohio University

    Pros

    Great community and people around you.

    Cons

    for the most part, many teachers did not care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people that care!

  10.  

    Great student opportunities, inconsistent pay

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    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Former Employee - Student Worker

    I worked at Ohio University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked three different non work-study, campus jobs while at OU. Each job provided me invaluable experiences I would have not earned at a food service job or other general position off campus. My employers were most considerate of my school obligations.

    Cons

    There was inconsistency in starting salary for each position I held. Additionally, I was paid minimum wage or slightly above for work I was performing within my degree field. I sometimes felt that, although I was gaining valuable experiences, I was performing work for the university at a much lower rate than any professional would have been paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay student workers a fair rate if they are providing skilled work for the university (ex. creative or business services).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great university, be cautious of middle management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, OH

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

    Pros

    Ohio University is a classic, iconic campus. Brick walkways, tree-lined campus, an infectious environment and great students. People who go to school at Ohio University frequently stay in the area to work or start a business. The benefits at the university are excellent, with free tuition for employees and children. They truly believe in diversity, which frankly is a bit difficult to find on campus, since there is not a great diverse employee base in SE Ohio. The student population however is very diverse and engaging.

    Cons

    Be very cautious about Term Class 3 employment status. These position are strict contract with no benefits - no medical and no employee protection. You are enrolled in the Ohio state retirement system, but Class 3 employees are underpaid in comparison to comparable full-time staff work. If you are promised a temporary Term 3 position with the promise of a full-time staff posting, get such agreements in writing. Don't believe verbal commitments.

    Faculty is generally fantastic. The administrative side of the house is very variable. You can be in a wonderful, engaging environment with a fantastic supervisor or you can be in a manipulative pit with a supervisor who cannot be trusted. Try to find someone in your area you can talk to to find out what the environment is like before you commit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff cares. Staff cares deeply about their jobs and serving the students. There are people in supervisory positions who should not be there. These people may be excellent technicians in their areas, but are horrible with the people-side of the equation. The sad, truly, truly sad part is, upper management knows who these inappropriately-placed people are, yet so far has done nothing to move the bad people out and move good people in. The result is a lot of talent flight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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