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Texas State Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
105 Reviews
4.0
105 Reviews
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Texas State President Denise M. Trauth
Denise M. Trauth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I worked IT Support at the University IT Assistance Center and it was the best work environment (in 6 reviews)

  • You also get to work with many great people, the RA social network is huge (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • You don't get paid too much (but that's expected with a part-time student job) (in 3 reviews)

  • Only tenured faculty have true Academic freedom (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to get your foot in the door and get some great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - University Advancement in San Marcos, TX
    Current Employee - University Advancement in San Marcos, TX

    I have been working at Texas State

    Pros

    Great people to work with and overall good environment
    Paid time off for Christmas break and paid holidays are plentiful
    Easy to talk to lower tier management
    Open door policy applies to direct management
    Great culture and values
    Decent benefits
    Stressful, but manageable stress
    Everyone in the same office as you is very supportive of personal growth
    Maximizes your personal growth
    Minimum amounts of micromanaging
    Incredible networking opportunities

    Cons

    Upper management can't make a decision
    Takes forever for anything to get done due to extraneous chain of command and hoops to jump through
    Though they have an open door policy for your direct manager don't expect them to be able to do anything soon or make any quick changes.
    Constantly understaffed and dealing with budgeting issues
    Minimal amounts of training
    Growth within the company is minimal unless you really push (and I mean more than the squeaky wheel) to move up or around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who is important to your company and keeps everything working like clockwork in the background. These are the employees that keep you running, It would be wise to not ignore there request and pleas for additional resources and assistance.
    Training is also a bit of an issue, we all feel just thrown into the fire and expected to hit the ground running 100mph without any formal training of any kind. Not exactly conducive for a less stressful work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas State

    Pros

    Learnt a lot of technical stuff

    Cons

    Not many places to visit nearby

  3.  

    Benefits OK, Salaries Low, Staff Advancement Non-existant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III

    I have been working at Texas State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great in most departments on campus. You have ample sick leave and vacation. You also have an additional two weeks off at Christmas although you may have to use your comp hours to pay for up to 24 hours of the break. Many opportunities for staff development through seminars and classes which are free and can be taken during work hours.

    Cons

    Staff salaries are low and President Trauth has made it abundantly clear that she does not support staff promotion. In many cases job duties do not match the job title and raises are minimal. Overtime is only given in comp hours up to 100 and then must be approved by the Provost which rarely happens so there is little opportunity to earn extra money. Admins are no longer allowed to work on grants for extra money and must now do it for free. Because the staff working conditions have deteriorated, turnover is high and many have left to be replaced by very low salaried personnel who do not care about the job and make conditions worse for those who are trying to stick it out until retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your staff (specifically Administrative Assistants), allow them decent wages/raises and career growth and you will not have the high turnover and uninterested, poor quality team that are attracted to such low paying, non-competitive jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not much of a place for young professionals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas State full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    stable job
    Great health coverage
    Staff can also access the Rec Center (for a fee)

    Cons

    Not very innovative environment
    Too much red-tape
    Very low salary scale for staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, but because it's a state institution pay is very low

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker in San Marcos, TX
    Current Employee - Student Worker in San Marcos, TX

    I have been working at Texas State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the people are really great

    Cons

    They can only afford very low pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    OK but some politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Marcos, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Marcos, TX

    I have been working at Texas State full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The autonomy is great and not much expected of you or strict requirements about due dates.

    Cons

    The pros are also cons because some people really take advantage and are horrible co-workers and employees. A lot of territoriality over general topics, which is bull.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to discipline your employees effectively and quickly; not this wait and sweep issues under the rug. I see that almost on a monthly basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    GRA University Hire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GRA in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - GRA in San Marcos, TX

    I worked at Texas State

    Pros

    Professor is extra patient and understands it takes time to finish a project.

    Cons

    Only as good as the professor who owns it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time before I leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Grant Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grant Specialist in San Marcos, TX
    Current Employee - Grant Specialist in San Marcos, TX

    I have been working at Texas State full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and encouragement for self-improvement. They offer a lot of professional development classes, have a decent employee wellness program, and offer reduced/free tuition programs. I feel well compensated for the work that I do here.

    Cons

    Parking is expensive ($300-ish per year for a red permit) in my opinion, but I've never had to pay to park at any previous employers so I might be biased.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Keep on moving

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

    I worked at Texas State full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers were great, friendly and supportive. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Low pay, off the beaten path, no name recognition. Typical good old boy system in many ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great people, but the department was overly focused on Math Education

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Instructional Assistant in San Marcos, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Instructional Assistant in San Marcos, TX

    I have been working at Texas State part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    The schedule was a pain. There was almost no training. The pay was terrible. There was no tuition waiver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GIA's need more training and better pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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