Tennessee State University Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Assistant Strength Coach in Nashville, TN
    Current Intern - Assistant Strength Coach in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee State University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great place to further your education. Love it looking forward to where it takes me.

    Cons

    None really that's I can think of. Every place has bad things about them, but I haven't come across any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Rich history of academic excellence, civic/ cultural education and athletic achievement.

    Cons

    Big fish in a little pond syndrome. Rampant cronyism.

    Advice to Management

    Implement and adhere to professional standards of education, practice and business operations


  3. Great School

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Tennessee State University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Is a open friendly school where everybody works with out caring about the race.

    Cons

    There is no organization in the work team.


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  5. Great school to work for the faculty is very inviting.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Tennessee State University part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The students are great if you show them respect they will show you respect. The fellow faculty members are very helpful at times.

    Cons

    The cycle pay can be inconvenient.


  6. its like a family

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Tennessee State University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    everyone is so helpful and friendly ... you can discuss all your queries and doubts to anyone you want. if you want to work hard, achieve a goal and cannot spend too much... this is the place for you.

    Cons

    housing is a bit problem for students, especially for out of state or country cuz there is no guidance for that or a place in university where such issue can be discussed.


  7. Helpful (2)

    ~It's not the job that's bad, it's the incompetent administration~

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee State University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -Great benefits available
    -Bookstore and market are nice

    Cons

    -Understaffed
    -Faculty/staff are hired but are not qualified for the positions they hold
    -Some of the new VP's are bullies, this is due to being in a position they don't understand which makes some people defensive.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people just because you know them and they are from Jackson. Educate yourself on the departments you are responsible for. We know you're "VP or Director of..." but that means nothing when you're incompetent. The lack of moral or teamwork is heartbreaking. Acknowledge the staff for their accomplishments and stop patting yourselves on the back for just holding a title.


  8. Great place to learn about astronomy, optics, control systems, and robotics.

    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee State University part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful staff members, attentive supervisors, and a flexible work load that fits in with your classes and other personal concerns. Probably one of the best part-time opportunities a college student could hope for.

    Cons

    Temperature control doesn't really work well in many of the facilities, so my advice is to bring a sweater or a jacket if you're accustomed to room temperature.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Great experience.work experience daily.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Adjunct in Nashville, TN
    Current Contractor - Adjunct in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee State University as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment on a daily basis

    Cons

    Need more job openings for adjunct persons who want to move to another job in the university.

    Advice to Management

    Good job, keep up the good work.


  10. The University is growing and trying to keep pace with growth, but the ba;;olls at a very slow pace.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee State University part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The landscape is beautiful and the work will be challenging. You will meet a lot of good people. The squirrels are a nice addition to the campus.

    Cons

    Where is the growth. I have not seen the availability for upward mobility. Where is the recognition of employees. Just from my perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more appreciative.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Full of promise

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Tennessee State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at TSU could be a rewarding experience. It has a rich history, excellent professors, and good students. Being a part of the movement to advance the university and help students reach their full potential has always been a blessing. TSU can be a great school, it has a great campus, and most are good people.

    Cons

    The previous administration was a problem here. It was unwilling to listen to anyone else's point of view. The new administration will need to clean house, get rid of incompenent, unqualified staff that is tarnishing the reputation of the university. The University can be great, but without competent employees it will fail.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire someone because they are your friend. Hire the best people for the job. Hold people accountable for their actions. Do what is best for the University and its students, not to further your own personal agenda.



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