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Portland State University Reviews

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

3.0
86 Reviews
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Portland State University President Wim Wiewel
Wim Wiewel
35 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    High functioning, good-natured team work.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Staff  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Smart dedicated people, many of whom have worked here a long time and are evidence of career growth opportunities here. Time off to balance heavier work weeks, great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Have not experience any negatives yet.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good hours, great educators.

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

    Pros

    Wonderful and accepting environment where individuality and a unique perspective were prized. I should specify that I was a federal work study employee.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of my work as an office assistant for the department of English through the work study program there were no benefits (expected, but frustrating), time off was granted as requested (I believe I requested once I believe), and there was no room for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    So much potential, but very poorly managed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic environment where you can really make a difference in the lives of students.

    Cons

    Management was completely out of touch and unable to guide or give feedback. Dept is known for unjustified layoffs so staff keep their heads down and their mouths shut. Innovation is not welcome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Redundancies and lack of communication between departments are well known. Making students suffer the gauntlet of Student Accounts, ID Services, Financial Aid, Registration is just ridiculously poorly managed when it could be collaborative. This is known. PSU has a horrible reputation in this arena.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Really amazing place to learn pretty much anything you wanted to know about IT - there's no other environment like it.

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

    Pros

    Extremely dynamic environment, my team has awesome management and listens to my input. We complete dozens of really big projects a year on time and everyone loves us :).

    Cons

    Pay I would say is honestly the biggest problem here. Its roughly 50% less than industry standard for what I do, and there's very little framework in place to get that bumped up. They rather let you go to another employer in fact than bump your pay - which I think is foolish as it will probably cost them more in the short term to hire another person than to just fix their pay scales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Especially OIT (aka - central IT) - take compensation seriously. I think its costing you more than you think. I read that one of the reasons Vim gets paid so much is because that's the competitive wage you pay college presidents. They understand this in management, but for the people who do the actual work - it just goes in one ear and out the other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Slow paced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    There are a number of highly motivated students at the school and working with them can be incredibly satisfying. Coworkers were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The work-life balance was great. I worked a 40 hour week. Period. I was never stressed and didn't work weekends or nights.

    Cons

    The work itself was interesting, but honestly not enough. The pace of PSU was incredibly slow; I would be assigned work to last the week that I would wrap up in under a day or months-long projects that I could tackle in a week. This is not to toot my own horn, it was just that the staff had no sense of urgency and there was a general lack of drive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit departments to find out what work is actually being accomplished; challenge staff to push themselves, think outside the box, and accomplish more each year/quarter, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    PSU SUCKS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    It was easy to transition here from being a student. I have spent nearly ten years at PSU in a student and staff environment. The tuition discount is 70%, and it is a very good discount, but hard to make use of.

    Cons

    The pay sucks. The days off suck. There are no flexible part-time graduate degrees. The parking situation also sucks. I work OT every day and every week but I am not allowed to cash it in. I also cannot take days off even though in a year I have accrued over a month off in OT. There are no promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay us more. We are worth it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Hopes - Deep Disappointment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Working on this beautiful, dynamic, downtown campus is the only good thing about working here.

    Cons

    Communication is terrible. There are so many closed door meetings and nothing ever comes out of them. There is no advantage to being a University employee when you are looking for opportunities on campus, you have to apply for the position just like anyone from outside of campus, so why apply here?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    President Wiewel is supposed to address the public at Town Hall Meetings, all University Presidents do this and yes, there are the hard questions. Wiewel does not even answer the questions, he gets his VP Minions to do it for him.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    work environment does not reward results

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    Former Employee - Chief Fiscal Officer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Chief Fiscal Officer in Portland, OR

    Pros

    This is the largest university in the state of Oregon.

    Cons

    Sr leadership is focused on the short-term and not the long-term health of the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new and technically competent sr managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice campus, pretty bureaucratic.

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

    Pros

    Fun times, good people, great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Bad times, terrible people, crippling atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More fun times.

  11.  

    Very Poor Upper management in PSU Accounting office.

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    Former Employee - IT Support In Accounting  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - IT Support In Accounting in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The non-management employees are mostly nice.

    Cons

    Director level Managers are toxic. No level of trust. Poor communications skills. They assume rather than ask employees for any explanations with regard to ANYTHING. Pretty arrogant. Current IT accounting employees are worried about new people coming in and being better employees. There is no IT support team in accounting. Just people trying to keep their fiefdoms in tact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't listen to one toxic environmental nut to base assumptions. Transfer ALL IT employees to the main OIT of University because they need to be managed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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