Tennessee State University Reviews

Updated December 29, 2014
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  1. Great School

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Tennessee State University

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There is no organization in the work team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great school to work for the faculty is very inviting.

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. its like a family

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    ~It's not the job that's bad, it's the incompetent administration~

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
  7. Great experience.work experience daily.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Good job, keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. The University is growing and trying to keep pace with growth, but the ba;;olls at a very slow pace.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more appreciative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Full of promise

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Exhausting place to work

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    Former Employee - Director in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Director in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Tennessee State University

    Pros

    Free classes, good benefits, easy access off Interstate, many paid days off to recover from being at work. Good band and pep squad. Up-to-date computer equipment and software campuswide-they did a good job keeping the latest bells and whistles on everyone's computer.

    Cons

    Politics, favoritism, some people were not challenged when they acted inappropriately because administrators feared backlash. Inappropriate references to people's religious beliefs and proselytizing--religious messages on employee's voicemail, questions about religious beliefs during job interviews. Salary compression a huge problem--newly graduated faculty brought in at the current salary of 20-year veterans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so label conscious. Stop worrying about whether other schools are getting bigger or better pieces of cake than you and focus on baking and frosting your own cake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Being an Exempt Level Staff Member Can be Okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee State University

    Pros

    Campus community, student support/activities, overally atmosphere (outside of the office environment) is welcoming. When someting needs to be accomplished, for the most part, the University Community bands together to accomplish this task.

    Cons

    Management is awful! Department Heads and/or Directors do not know about the full functions of their offices, some ignore the suggestions and opinions of others. There is no support for advancement, and if you try to advance, you better not let anyone find out!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET IT TOGETHER! Listen to those who work for you. Listen to the students and what they are complaining about, and make the necessary changes to make things work.

    No opinion of CEO

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