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Southern Illinois University Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
90 Reviews
3.6
90 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The cost of living is relatively low, and so is the crime rate ( (in 4 reviews)

  • Nice college town to raise family (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • In general, potential work hours are severely limited for most student workers due to the 8 - 4:30 work hours (in 4 reviews)

  • Budget cuts from the state have forced most departments to scale back on everything (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good enough to lead a proper life in Carbondale

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Matches local expenses, Good facilities

    Cons

    Middle of nowhere, gets cold in winter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None/

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Research assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fabulous research facilities

    Cons

    Not organized and everything works very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the machines and appoint qualified personnel for maintenance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This employment opportunity was a good learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Carbondale, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Carbondale, IL

    I worked at Southern Illinois University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about this job was it fir perfectly into my schedule while I was attending classes.

    Cons

    The pay was not the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to add

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tough job, great experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A challenging job. Need to learn of technologies. Had a excellent head, he guided well. Had much better view of file systems and networking after working for one year.

    Cons

    Challenging work. Time duration for projects were less.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lecturer

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    SIUC has solid policies and procedures in place to help new-comers adjust. There is always someone readily available to help and provide guidance. The teaching facilities are on par with some of the latest technology and offer multiple avenues of delivering lectures according to an instructor's preferred method. Seminars and Colloquiums are held regularly for both professional and personal growth/maintenance of skills and new topics in certain fields. There are opportunities for travel to attend conferences. It is a good place to get started in a career.

    Cons

    Some courses border on being micro-managed, communication isn't always clear, and transitions from "old ways" to new procedures can be very tedious. The work-load can become quite a burden very quickly due to the required turn-over time for grading or project results. Certain policies are not always clear.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Teaching math as a GA is a good experience.

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    Former Employee - GA Math Professor in Edwardsville, IL
    Former Employee - GA Math Professor in Edwardsville, IL

    I worked at Southern Illinois University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to teach your own class and your tuition for your master degree is paid by SIUE.

    Cons

    The stipend is very small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Learning experience

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    Former Employee - Researrch and Teaching Assistant in Edwardsville, IL
    Former Employee - Researrch and Teaching Assistant in Edwardsville, IL

    I worked at Southern Illinois University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Healthy and comfortable working environment.

    Cons

    I have encountered no cons so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent experience working in SIU.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best reasons to work there is waved tuition, family-like office culture, good salary, and great experience that will serve you for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    The salary might be a little on the low side, and the contract is only semester long so it is not very stable. Although in most cases the semester long contract is renewed until the student finishes their education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Graduate Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Carbondale is a nice place to live in. The professors and students here are all very friendly and helpful. During my two years' studying and working in SIU, my professional skills have improved a lot.

    Cons

    You must work on your own and try to make full use of the resources provided by the school, the library, professors and practical projects to apply the knowledge in class to real world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be perfect if the managers could give us more training on the job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It was a joy to work at SIU until about 3 years ago when budget cuts caused chaos throughout the entire university.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Illinois University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Linguistics Dept. and the Center for English as a Second Language are shining stars in the College of Liberal Arts. Lots of investment in capital improvements. Large international student population makes events and environment very interesting and culturally rich.

    Cons

    Budget cuts in personnel have reduced the quality of programs. Some students can't take all required courses within a four-year cycle. Number of graduate assistantships has fallen dramatically. Employees are required to participate in state retirement system which is the most underfunded in the country. Legislature is trying to reduce benefits even for people who have already retired. Lack of stability in leadership. There are so many acting and interim administrators. In 24 years SIU has had 11 chancellors! Little regard held for faculty and staff who make outstanding contributions if their dismissal is politically or financially expedient. Leadership is the weakest part of SIU and has been for decades. Worst con is that administrators don't value quality faculty and staff as they should. They address financial crises by going after personnel but have 100s of millions for capital projects. The former chancellor even imposed a 'tax' on grants to benefit the chancellors office. Increasing centralization has reduced autonomy in the colleges and departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge that SIU's greatest asset is not its buildings or landscaping, but it's faculty and staff. Nurture them, encourage them, reward excellence with more than a pat on the back. Quality people should not be treated like a disposable commodity. Stop hiring administrators from the outside. They only use SIU as a stepping stone. Get administrators who already have a long-term investment in the university, who are loyal to it and truly care about it. I work for a university now which does all these things and the difference in all respects is like night and day. You can spend millions on PR companies to attract students, but once they get there and see that things are not as rosy as pictured by the PR, then they jump ship and you have an attrition problem. That's why enrollment continues to decline and attrition is high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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