The Ohio State University Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be really good for staff (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits, I felt that I was professionally honored for my role (in 26 reviews)

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

  • Work environment is not very good (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Student Cook

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    Current Employee - Student Cook in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Student Cook in Columbus, OH

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, free meal, close proximity.

    Cons

    Constant management changes, inconsistent instructions,

  2. ohio union

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    Current Employee - Service in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Service in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Ohio State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    comfortable environment and provide free food

    Cons

    managers are not kind, and schedule is not flexble

  3. Overall, very good employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Line-level employees start off with very generous pay. Scheduling is mostly very flexible, and it's a great community to be a part of. Job security is very good.

    Cons

    Management does not start off with great pay. You will be hard-pressed to find more out-of-touch people than college professors. However, the staff is generally good people.

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  5. IT Technician

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macedonia, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macedonia, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Was able to schedule around my classes

    Cons

    Repetitive nature of the position

    Advice to Management

    Great job

  6. Great people and opportunities!

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    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Ohio State University (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Ohio State provides outstanding benefits -- including the great tuition benefit. They are very pro professional development too, so they are invested in your career advancement. Flexible work environment -- every one worked hard so it wasn't so much about the hours in seats. It was great being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share a common desire to work for a worthy cause -- education!

    Cons

    An employee's experience varies a great deal depending on the Unit you work in (an Administrative Unit vs. a College) and then the type of position you have (classified vs. unclassified). Some Units have more resources than others, which can drastically change your work environment. It is also a bureaucratic institution. If you want a place that is fast-paced, this is not it. You have to be there awhile to start to know the people and the politics and discover the informal power networks and communication channels. Over time, you will know what is going on and will be able to more successfully navigate through the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Seek university leaders who are passionate about the institution and willing to work a bit with the people that are there before clearing house and bringing in their own people.

  7. Graduate Research Associate (PhD Student Biomedical Sciences)

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice core facilities
    Good salary and student benefits for graduate students
    Ample opportunities for fellowships

    Cons

    Midwest winters. Could bring in more high profile researchers

  8. Lab Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time

    Pros

    Great community, very helpful for student. Allows different people from diverse background to fee a sense of community.

    Cons

    none that I can think of right now. I mostly have positive experience as an lab consultant. I think maybe more training for consultants will be a good start.

  9. Teaching Assistant

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at The Ohio State University as a contractor

    Pros

    The department is teaching around 5000 undergraduate each semester, and the work flow is organized

    Cons

    Work load is higher than other universities, and some people in charge are not so easy-going

  10. Faculty/staff relationship disconnect, poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits package, opportunity to take classes, good wellness programs

    Cons

    Not very many chances for advancement. Staff are often treated poorly well by faculty. Real imbalance between workloads; some staff members are constantly overworked while others have extremely light loads. Departmental management extremely poor.

  11. Happy with my team

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    Current Contractor - Project Lead in Columbus, OH
    Current Contractor - Project Lead in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Ohio State University as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    down to earth, very tech savvy employees and state of the art technology, educational opportunities

    Cons

    feel like pay is less because it is a state entity

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