Portland State University Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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Pros
  • I was satisfied with the work-life balance in the lab I worked in (in 4 reviews)

  • Benefits are great - employees pay just 5%, can hardly beat the retirement contribution (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • State university dealing with budget cuts (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland State University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good environment, nice city. People here are friendly. Work time is flexible.

    Cons

    Not good benefit and the living expense is relatively high

  2. Management

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

    I have been working at Portland State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefit and retirement packages.

    Cons

    Great to be downtown but it is a fragmented university. An "each for their own" mentality. Departments don't work together.

  3. Adjunct Instructor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    great campus/area, great students,

    Cons

    adjuncts = no benefits, low pay

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  5. It was a very good experience

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland State University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of flexibility with regard to hours.

    Cons

    The pay is not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees

  6. The PSU School of Social Work is challenged by diversity issues and has weak leadership.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at Portland State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The study body is vocal and carries the hope for needed changes.

    Cons

    The Dean and the Assistant Deans care about money and feathering their nests. They do not address the toxicity in the school as they are the toxicity.

    Advice to Management

    Address issues instead of allowing them to fester. The messengers are not the problem.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Nothing to write home about

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

    I have been working at Portland State University

    Pros

    Great location in downtown Portland

    Cons

    Salary has not been reviewed in 5 yrs

  8. Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland State University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As a student worker I really enjoyed the camaraderie with the other student workers in PSU Housing Department. We became a family over the course of the two years I worked with them.

    Cons

    When they make decisions are your behalf they don't give you the full reason and sugar code it.

  9. Great university, but....

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    Former Employee - OFFICE SPECIALIST in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - OFFICE SPECIALIST in Portland, OR

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My boss and co-workers were flexible with me taking breaks during the day to take classes. They were supportive of me furthering my education.
    Loved the faculty and other co-workers.
    Love working in a higher ed environment where people value intelligence and diversity.

    Cons

    The volume of the work could get overwhelming at times.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management and senior administrators should focus more on training new employees and making sure current employees are satisfied.

  10. If you are looking for a diverse working environment, it will be a good place for you!

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    Former Employee - Student Accounting Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Student Accounting Assistant in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland State University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in downtown Portland. There are lots of food carts around.
    People are so nice and willing to help you.
    Good compensation

    Cons

    Need to improve management operation.
    Hard to get promotion
    If you are a student and have a part-time job there, you won't get more change to be a full-time employers after graduating.
    Lack of Internal control

    Advice to Management

    Need more rewarding and promoting to staff
    Offer more competitive compensation

  11. Computer Science tutor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland State University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time, good for students

    Cons

    not good pay rate, deal too much work

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