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Portland State University Reviews in Portland, OR

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
86 Reviews

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Portland State University President Wim Wiewel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Centrally located with access to public transportation (in 3 reviews)

  • Great location, up and coming university (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Employees hired and fired within only several months because upper management decided to change its mind (in 3 reviews)

  • Budget cuts can be brutal on the work place (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome opportunities if you ignore upper management.

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    Former Employee - UNIX Administrator  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - UNIX Administrator in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Passionate people in some offices, really care about students and their work.

    Environment of university learning gave me one-of-a-kind skills.

    Cons

    Catty office politics really detracted from some departments.

    Upper management needs an overhaul from the OUS system down, as their focused way too much on giving themselves money.
    (This is evident if you care to read their publicly viewable salary reports from the PSU library website.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hey Finance and Administration Office, you remember the time you cut budgets by 10-15% across every department in the college, forcing departments to lay off or early retire people and cut classes? You also remember right after that gave everyone in the administration an across the board raise for doing such a good job cutting the budget?

    Yeah.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    experience

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Attendant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Attendant in Portland, OR

    Pros

    good, experince, satisfactory, great, people

    Cons

    lot, of, work, to, do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  3.  

    Bureaucratic public university with severe budget problems.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Urban setting in a fun city.

    Cons

    Low salary, low perks, unionized labor, inefficient and obtrusive bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Comp sci tutoring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Sciences Tutor  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Computer Sciences Tutor in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Very fun and laid back, you get a lot of leeway in when you are available to work.

    Cons

    Timesheet software is very clunky

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great graduate program for research and teaching

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The chemistry department at PSU has a talented and growing group of faculty doing world-class research. The department is well-run and led the university in funding derived from grants written by and awarded to the faculty while I was there. The environment is very cooperative and students have access to a variety of state-of-the-art instrumentation. The research groups are small enough to get to know everyone and doors are nearly always open. I was satisfied with the work-life balance in the lab I worked in. The location is great, downtown and easy to get to, yet close enough to desirable, affordable places to live.

    Cons

    Funding was limited at times due to government cutbacks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the hard work and progressive approach to university and department-level administration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Review of Continuing Education Department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Continue at university while working there
    Flexibility for working and taking classes
    Centrally located with access to public transportation

    Cons

    Lacking cohesiveness as a university department
    Lack of understanding among some staff about policies and procedures
    Lack of healthy communication within organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue developing sense of partnership and cohesiveness within organization
    Share positive communication techniques

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    IT Support Student Employee

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    Current Employee - IT Student Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Student Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Very flexible about scheduling. Supportive about success as a student. Tries to taylor tasks to interests and professional development. Very nice to have work and school in one place.

    Cons

    Jobs can get tedious. Outdated systems and bureaucratic management create a significant portion of the problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to budget a little more on reasonable systems so IT doesn't have to make older systems try to work for current demands.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to study, eat healthy and do research in many challenging fields

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Great downtown area with food-carts. Facilities for computer and engineering field are excellent. A lot of available funds for students to do research, start-up, developing innovative ideas. Very diverge with multi-national annual events such as International Night, Chinese Night, Vietnamese Night, Japanese Night, etc.

    Cons

    Intuition keeps increasing. Not a lot of available scholarship. Student health care is expensive. Some of the fee could be opt-out instead of opt-in.

  10.  

    Good co-workers

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Higher education, helping students, good job scope

    Cons

    minimal career progression, recognition or compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Slow, but friendly...

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Discount tuition, flexible work hours, quiet work life. Great retirement plan (PEBB).

    Cons

    Everything moves slow. Technologies are up to a decade behind the times. Many of your coworkers are people who attended Portland State, then got a job at Portland State, and have no other work experience. Due to the state retirement plan there are lots of lifers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work environment needs an influx of energy and enthusiasm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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