Ohio University Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
113 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
  • The university is in a small town (in 5 reviews)

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

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    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
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    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

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    Excellent experience all around.

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    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

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    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
  6.  

    Was good

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    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!

  7.  

    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
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    Fantastic place to work!!! They treat you like family...

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in New Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in New Athens, OH

    I worked at Ohio University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, care about you and your life. Very family oriented. Strong desire for you to succeed. They have wonderful benefits and the perks, like an almost free education for yourself or your immediate family, are amazing. This is the place to work in Athens.

    Cons

    Sometimes political agendas cause drama. But all in all, there isn't a whole lot that I have to complain about. There is always that one bad attitude that tries to throw a wrench in a positive atmosphere anywhere you go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    adjunct professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Athens, OH
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Athens, OH

    I have been working at Ohio University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    laid back atmosphere in a lovely old collegiate setting

    Cons

    small town, no shopping or good affordable housing (bloated rents on old crummy apartments)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administration gets all the raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great university, be cautious of middle management.

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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 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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    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Athens, OH
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Athens, OH

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

    Pros

    Doing researches while you are pursuing your Ph.D degree
    Chance to join a large collaboration to get data from top facilities and gain more experience
    Good work/life balance
    Good recreational facilities
    Quiet place to concentrate on researches
    Nice people in Athens

    Cons

    Relatively less career opportunites, especially in the industry
    Not all faculties are active or have the expected capabilities
    A disappointing president
    Bureaucratic university management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The academics should be the primary goal of a university.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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