University of Hawai'i
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Updated May 27, 2014

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University of Hawai'i President M.R.C. Greenwood

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    Quality in Paradise

    Assistant Director, First Year Composition Center (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsI went back to school as an "adult student" to get a long-delayed degree, and found all my coursework to be quite stimulating, and the professors very eager to teach, and very knowledgeable. My experiences working with the English Department as Assistant Director of the Composition Center, and with the Geology Department in one of the labs, were very fulfilling.

    ConsI think about the only major drawback to the system is the relatively meager state funding. The Art Department and English Departments were both targeted, and courses were cut due to "budget concerns" while the Athletics Department grabbed a larger and larger share of tuition for their programs. I do not think that a research facility of this calibre should suffer in order to support college athletics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    UH, good for a short period of time.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsYou live in Hawaii. Honolulu is a great city, nice beaches, good waves and plenty of great food. Could be a lot worse.

    ConsUnions. Nothing gets done. Low expectations. Facilities are falling apart. Low operating budget. Dont expect to meet movers and shakers at this University. Things are stagnant,

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Definitely Recommend UH

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Hilo, HI

    ProsUH is a good work environment with good opportunities and benefits.

    ConsYour experience at UH most definitely varies depending on the department that you work in. They're all very different from one another.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Student research assistant to professor in M.E.

    Undergraduate Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    Prosrelaxed, enriching, works around schedule

    ConsPay could have been better. But for a student job, it's fine. It would have been nice to be pushed more.

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    Not recommended in general unless all you want is to live in Hawaii for a few years

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsIt is located on a beautiful island which makes it easier to have a better work-life balance. It is the place with some of the most intelligent people in the state of Hawaii.

    ConsThe administration is very ineffective at almost every level. Stipend checks are usually late. Unless you are an employee, there is no job benefit of any sort. Most postdocs are not considered employees and hence, according to the university financial management office, can't travel for business cause. Expect conflicts when you go to a conference or are assigned work trips.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed better consistency at management levels. Need to establish good policies for postdocs and non-tenure researchers if the university wants to become a research university.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    All the bureaucracy, none of the pay

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsIt's better than paying tuition to go to a sh***y school

    ConsUnderpaid, even if we only worked 20 hours, which is what we're salaried for. Sometimes, it's more like 40, but if you complain, you'll probably lose your job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be a way to purge incompetent office staff, not just shuffle them between departments. Also, there should be a point at which tenured faculty are pushed to be emeritus -- senile old men ho say inappropriate things to students and have no idea what is going on in their labs should no longer be PI's.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Grateful for the Opportunity

    IT Specialist (Current Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsFortunately they hire new grads. I thought it would be a lot harder to find a position right after graduation.

    ConsNot a lot of upper campus parking availability. Also, being a student employee doesn't help you at all if you decide to go full-time afterwards. That experience will not count when they determine your salary. (FYI jobseekers)

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice if student work was acknowledged when determining salary. (especially if they were employed in the same place)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good atmosphere

    Student Assistant (Current Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    Prosflexible student scheduling. hands on learning

    Constoo many hoops to jump through to get something done

    Advice to Senior Managementthe students know more than full time staff...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Totally depends on your research group.

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsIn the right research groups, you can participate in excellent research and get excellent exposure for future jobs. Pay is fair for the area.

    ConsThe University seems to exploit every loophole possible to save money, at the expense of postdocs and students working there. Hiring sometimes appears to be very political in nature rather than motivated by the best candidates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Research Associate (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsIntelligent people to work with

    ConsThe pay was not that good, especially for living in Hawaii. Benefits were good as far as options and coverage with insurance but cost too much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork together

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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