The Ohio State University Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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The Ohio State University Interim President Joseph A. Alutto
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be really good for staff (in 13 reviews)

  • Ohio State has great benefits and staff members can sign up for up to 10 credit hours each semester (free) (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • The pay is low but at least you're not going into debt for it (in 18 reviews)

  • The steady hours and work environment are a trade-off (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Great benefits, good life-work balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been impressed by the flexibility of my schedule during my three years at the university. Free tuition is also a benefit to employees (1/2 price for employees' children), which saves thousand of dollars.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be difficult to navigate -- you can get things done if you find the right person, but finding that person isn't always easy.


  2. Good work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telecounselor in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Telecounselor in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I could call off when I wanted and they were very understanding

    Cons

    Not much room to grow

    Advice to Management

    I had a great supervisor, really liked working for OSU


  3. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Ohio State University full-time

    Pros

    Good healthcare, nice facilities (generally), large research capacity, and lots of potential for collaboration between labs.

    Cons

    The Earth Science labs are somewhat rundown. Many of the labs in other departments are nice, but most of the Earth Science labs need a makeover.

    Advice to Management

    Please renovate the Earth Science labs! Many of them are very rundown and no one seems to be responsible for maintaining them. The professors in general don't have the money to do the makeover themselves and it makes no sense that they should be responsible for it. They pay a great deal of each grant as "overhead." Please put this money back into the building to make better labs, get more research done, and more grants funded!!!!


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  5. Worked there for years as a student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Ohio State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are very understanding with a student's work schedule - if you have something pop up and you have to go study, they always understood. Provided me with great & flexible hours: during school I could work around 20 a week but during breaks they easily let me go up to 40.

    Cons

    The pay was decent, nothing compared to what you could make serving at a nice restaurant or paid internships. No benefits, but I was a student.


  6. Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Ohio State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked as a student assistant. Great atmosphere with a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    I worked as a work study student, therefore I did not have much chance for advancement in the company (which is normal for a work study job).


  7. Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Ohio State University part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful health insurance benefit for graduate students. I was in biological field, so the pay was higher than some other fields.

    Cons

    Depending on the professor/instructor and type of course you teach, sometimes it requires more hours/efforts. My graduate program does not usually receive much research funding, hence most graduate students have to teach to support themselves throughout the majority of their graduate school career.


  8. Senior Systems Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Persons here are nice, team work is good. pace is not fast. Employee can register classes in university. The children tuition is 50% off. Benefits and employer's retiring match are really good

    Cons

    Introduction pace of new technology is slow. no bonus, no stock option.

    Advice to Management

    sometimes opportunities are more, sometimes opportunities are less, it depends on whether higher management has enterprise architect involved.


  9. Great benefits, amazing colleagues

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Ohio State University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free education, flexible supervisors, intelligent coworkers, and a ton of buckeye pride.

    Cons

    Pay is low, but the fringe benefits make up for it

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of your employees and find a way to make parking cheaper!


  10. IT Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the culture and feel of the officeplace

    Cons

    Not technical enough for my interests


  11. Student Life-Office Assistant

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -extremely flexible hours -very social job -good introductory management skills -employment as a student

    Cons

    -5-7am shifts could be brutal! -academic break desk requirements quite lengthy for an out of state student

    Advice to Management

    Keep OAs active and engaged with their fellow residents, and you'll have happy employees!



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