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Southern Illinois University Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
84 Reviews
3.7
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Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The cost of living is relatively low, and so is the crime rate ( (in 3 reviews)

  • Very flexible schedule which is also great (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.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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    Athletics Media Services

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    Current Employee - Sports Public Relation  in  Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Sports Public Relation in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly work atmosphere. The people in media services are always trying to help you improve.

    Cons

    Working long weekend games for football.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could increase marketing schemes, so that students are more aware of athletics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Professor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly, encouraging each other, future oriented

    Cons

    Low salary, internal disagreement, previous senior leadership was very poor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    Directors in athletic media services are helpful!

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    Current Employee - Media Intern  in  Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Media Intern in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Working here you get a lot of hands on training.

    Cons

    You will have to work and travel a lot on weekends.

  9.  

    Good opportunity, but too much micro-management.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with great professors and smart people.
    Chance to get teaching experience.
    Great co-workers.

    Cons

    The English department puts far too much workload on their GAs for the "20 hours" they are paid for.
    Throughout my time here, they consistently put more restrictions on our teaching, and made it more difficult.
    The administrative environment is currently in a lot of flux, so it's just a bad time to be at the school, right now.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    State, regional & institution financial deficits have made it a tough place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Good, commited faculty & staff, those that remain.

    Cons

    Top researchers & productive faculty have left in droves. Over-bloated administration (how many vice-chancellors does a university of this size need?) and some Deans are not competent. The chancellor just left & a new president has just come in, so there's an opportunity for positive change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed Emotions

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    Current Employee - Student Worker  in  Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Southern Illinois University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working as a student worker here is great. Plenty of opportunities as there is always work to be done. Very flexible schedule which is also great.

    Cons

    There aren't so many challenges working here, as there are going to school here. I guess the worst part about it is no budget for training student workers. Which is to be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to take student workers out of their comfort zone.

    Neutral Outlook

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