Portland State University
3.3 of 5 71 reviews
www.pdx.edu Portland, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

Portland State University Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.3 71 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel

Wim Wiewel

(30 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Comp sci tutoring

Computer Sciences Tutor (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

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

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

ConsTimesheet software is very clunky

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Master Student as a Graduate Research Assistant

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Portland State University full-time

ProsGreat location in downtown Portland. Very friendly people. Tuition is paid by employee which is your adviser.

ConsYou are not sure weather they keep you for next quarter.

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typical university bureaucracy

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Portland State University

Prosdowntown portland, bike friendly, great sustainability policies, perks for cheap classes, subsidized transit passes

Consno room for development, constrictive union rules make working out of class tough, no professional development opportunities, HR poorly run

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Great graduate program for research and teaching

Graduate Assistant (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at Portland State University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe 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.

ConsFunding was limited at times due to government cutbacks.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the hard work and progressive approach to university and department-level administration.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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IT Student Employee (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

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

ProsVery 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.

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 Outdated systems and bureaucratic management create a significant portion of the problems.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Depends on your supervisor

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Portland State University

ProsWhen working with good people, it's great

ConsSome managers are a pain

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A victim of increasing corporatization; some bright spots

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Portland State University

Pros1. It's in Portland. 2.) Some excellence in urban planning, business, and engineering schools. As a student, if you are determined, there is a way to get your education.

ConsA big, bureaucratic state university suffering low faculty salaries, administrative bloat, silo-ed departments, no faculty services whatsoever.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the faculty and students.

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Professors are not helpful

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Portland State University

ProsNo pros seriously. These people are involving whole campus into politics and eventually affecting students future.

ConsFaculty just try to get rid of class. If you go to them with problems they say watch video lectures Specially for Engineering grads.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease Stop doing politics and try to hire more helpful professors

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Program Assistant (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue developing sense of partnership and cohesiveness within organization
Share positive communication techniques

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good co-workers

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

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

ProsHigher education, helping students, good job scope

Consminimal career progression, recognition or compensation

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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