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The Ohio State University Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
430 Reviews
3.9
430 Reviews
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The Ohio State University Interim President Joseph A. Alutto
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Work was interesting and personally fulfilling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Employee in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Work-life Balance was very great. It was possible to have a life outside of work.

    Extremely Rewarding and Personally Fulfilling (non-financially).

    Nearly all the employees I worked with were passionate about what they do for the community and students.

    Amount of workload and expectations greatly depended on the nature and type of position.

    My 'Middle' managers and lower, and those who worked directly with me and students were generally extremely passionate about what they do- most do the things they do for the students and not necessarily for personal, financial or professional gain. This alone created a great culture and provided a good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Upper Management seemed to be completely out of touch with lower level employees' and students' real needs and sometimes even contradictory...

    Nepotism and cronyism seemed to be rampant in my departments. This stifled personal and professional growth and advancement. The 3 year turnover rate of the full-time and non-student employees in the departments I worked for, were relatively high- greater than 50%. Sometimes, it was hard getting raises, promotions, or full-time employment unless you personally knew the 'powers that be' or were recommended for a position, raise, etc, from someone who knew 'the powers that be' regardless of performance.

    Pay rate and benefits were on the low range for my positions except for high level management and tenure track professorships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your students and what they really and truly need; not what you think is best for them or for the financial bottom line. Do not only consider the thoughts and opinions of a relatively small number of students, powerful alumni, faculty, administrators, and staff members as gospel and representative of the whole community.

    Better yet, talk with and get to know the janitors, alumni, student employees, skilled professionals, nurses, secretaries, graduate student assistants, non-tenure track professors, etc, for advice on running the university! Many of them know exactly what is needed to greatly improve the community and future trajectory of the university.

    Consider the TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE and not just profits. Being blinded by and pursuing the financial bottom line above all else are ruining the lives of some people in the community; most importantly the disadvantaged students and the people of Ohio that you ultimately serve by working at Ohio State.

    You run a NOT FOR PROFIT entity, ultimately beholden to and accountable to the PEOPLE of OHIO and therefore must pursue a TRIPLE Bottom Line. The university's mission is to improve lives and not to make a huge profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Started well but did not get to move up from OA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    * Easy to work schedule
    * Could get time off
    * Met wonderful people

    Cons

    * Some Hall Directors are a joke
    * Was yelled at because RA's didn't do their jobs
    * RA's got benefit of doubt even if they were in the wrong

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good working environment, culture. Just working on a thriving college campus helps create an energetic environment.

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

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

    Pros

    Working for OSU will certainly provide you with job security and opportunities to develop. The benefits are very good and retirement is a major incentive if you can make a career out of it here.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a roadblock to innovation and change. The University is very large and silos certainly exist. Inconsistent application of policies across the campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    University needs to make a genuine effort to centralize HR services.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Executive Management in IT environment unfocused.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Ohio State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People can be very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Unfocused and team you join can be very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agree upon a roadmap and work together as a team to make sure it is sustainable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It's an okay job- not very challenging.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University

    Pros

    Easy, and I can work around my own hours, which doesn't affect school.

    Cons

    Boring, and not challenging. Nothing to learn

  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance can be really good for staff. If you want to continue your education, it is at a very low cost, which is a huge benefit.

    Cons

    Promotions can be hard to come by if you are doing well at your job. It seems easier if they want to get rid of you in that position.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Part-time on-campus jobs are a good way to get some extra money.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mathematics Tutor in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Mathematics Tutor in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Located on central campus, close to all my classes.
    Work with people your age.

    Cons

    There is no reward for putting an extra effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work in North Commons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are pretty nice, and well trained before working,

    Cons

    Kind of harsh at the beginning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be flexible in work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Management in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are great at Ohio State University. Depending on the area of work, employees are provided flexibility and latitude to make the position their own.

    Cons

    The HR function at OSU is week. Issues are often ignored and left to fester.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to do a much better job communicating university-wide vision and mission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to be if you like research

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The department and faculty are usually supportive

    Cons

    the money is quite low actually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase remuneration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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