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Southern Illinois University Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
98 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.  

    Great experience, salary could be better

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University

    Pros

    Great experience for undergraduate senior or junior student. Would be able to help others and get paid at the same time. Working environment is great.

    Cons

    For a job that requires that much effort and background knowledge, the benefit can be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I experienced a lot of growth as a person & professional there.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Carbondale, IL

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

    Pros

    I got to meet people with different backgrounds and interests and glean from them and their experiences. I enjoyed collaborating with them building friendships.

    Cons

    Working with students is always a challenge, especially when trying to look out for their best interests, even when thy don't understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in communication with your employees to connect and offer advice on how to handle situations with students and duties.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    very positive experinece

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University

    Pros

    Very friendly and nice people.

    Cons

    The salary was not very competitive.

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  5.  

    For students- not bad.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Graduate Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Current Contractor - Graduate Assistant in Carbondale, IL

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

    Pros

    As a student, working here is great. Positions understand that you are in school, foremost, and realize the challenges that comes with that. It also really helps put your foot in the door if you want to work at the university after you graduate.
    I can't really speak as a regular full-time employee, though. I've heard that that reaaaally depends on your department.

    Cons

    The University restricts hours for student workers to only 20 hours per week, leading many students to need a second job, or look for work elsewhere entirely. Also, although positions are only allowed for 20 hours, you often work over that, depending on your department- but they go as unlisted hours that you don't get paid for (although some departments stock them away for periods where you work less than 20).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Some wonderful, some not

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    Current Employee - Professor in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Professor in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Like most universities, SIU has some creative, dedicated people.
    - In a wide range of subjects/disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate level, there are world-class researchers on the faculty, along with some whose primary mission is teaching.
    - For faculty, depending on your subject area, you may find yourself among internationally renowned colleagues.
    - It's a beautiful campus, with Thompson Woods right in the middle and a lake with a lovely trail winding around it. The surrounding area is also gorgeous, with the Shawnee National Forest and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge very nearby, so you can head out in any direction from Carbondale and fine lots of hiking trails.
    - (P.S. The Saluki mascot: A regal Egyptian dog!)

    Cons

    - The university's priorities are not always clear. Though some of this might be due to the high rate of turnover in higher administration, faculty sometimes get mixed messages about the relative importance of teaching, research, and service. For example, while increasingly expecting faculty to bring in huge federal grants, the university has also been taking away resources for assisting faculty with the enormous amount of red tape required to get and maintain those grants.
    - The state of Illinois is in horrible financial shape, and funding for higher education is being slashed over and over again. If you are living in another state, I'd encourage you to think carefully about what that would mean for you, including retirement planning.
    - Although I am part of the faculty, I worry that employees in other groups (civil service and administrative/professional) are often not treated as well as they should be (underpaid, overworked). This varies a lot by department, but I sometimes see them taken for granted. That's true of most universities, though.
    - This is *not* unique to SIU, but like most faculty at state universities, I am unhappy about how much money goes to the sports programs vs. to non-sports personnel and facilities management. A number of buildings on campus are falling apart, leaking, and without decent heating or air conditioning. It's hard to watch this with the shiny new stadium and coaches' salaries, for example.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See 1st, 3rd, and 4th points in "Cons" section.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It WAS a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Advisor for Off Campus Programs in Carbondale, IL
    Former Employee - Program Advisor for Off Campus Programs in Carbondale, IL

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

    Pros

    Public institution of higher learning.

    Cons

    Change of leadership at SIUC and restructuring of the off campus programs caused people to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people of integrity in charge and not people who deceive..

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

    Certified Medical Assistant for 3 years now

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Medical Assistant in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Certified Medical Assistant in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits.
    Medical Assistant job is a good job to help one decide if they want to go into nursing.
    They encourage you to continue education/ go back to school and pay for you to do so.
    Understanding when family issues arise.
    2% raise every year.
    State job.
    Working with all types of medical staff (i.e medical students, residents, nurse practitioners, medical doctors)

    Cons

    Some managers can be overbearing.
    Doctors feel as if they are your employers, even though they are your coworkers. Managers will usually take their word over yours.
    A few coworkers that I work with were childish at times, made the workday not as enjoyable.
    If you run out of sick time and need to take a sick day, you get written up even if you have evidence from your doctor that you needed to take off from work. If you have sick time and you take a sick day more than one day out of the month you can still get written up even if you have evidence from your doctor that you needed to take off from work. If you show up to work sick as a dog, whether you have sick time or not, they call you into the office scold you for coming into work and send you home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please revise the sick time protocol.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Graduate Assistant

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

    I worked at Southern Illinois University

    Pros

    One of the best places to be and grow technically and as a human.

    Cons

    Well students dont generally have much benefits while working part time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thanks for the wonderfull experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 a 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
  11.  

    Good enough to lead a proper life in Carbondale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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

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