University of Hawai'i
3.2 of 5 48 reviews
www.hawaii.edu Honolulu, HI 5000+ Employees

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

M.R.C. Greenwood

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Definitely Recommend UH

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Hilo, HI

I worked at University of Hawai'i full-time for more than 3 years

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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All the bureaucracy, none of the pay

Graduate Assistant (Current Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I have been working at University of Hawai'i part-time for more than 3 years

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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Student research assistant to professor in M.E.

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I worked at University of Hawai'i part-time for more than 3 years

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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Grateful for the Opportunity

IT Specialist (Current Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I have been working at University of Hawai'i full-time for less than a year

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

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I have been working at University of Hawai'i as a contractor for more than 3 years

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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Good atmosphere

Student Assistant (Current Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I have been working at University of Hawai'i part-time for less than a year

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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Good

Research Associate (Former Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I worked at University of Hawai'i full-time for less than a year

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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Totally depends on your research group.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I worked at University of Hawai'i full-time for more than a year

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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think twice

IT Specialist (Current Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I have been working at University of Hawai'i full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPros: state job with pensionCons: it is a typical state union job

ConsIT (Former Employee), Manoa – November 6, 2013

Think twice before accepting a job here. You will see lot of old timers close to their retirement age waiting for their pension. UH relies on old and obsolete technology. It is a state union job so it is all about seniority and not performance or your skill set. You will find lots of old timers who lack the skills still on the job. Once on board, you will be tasked with responsibilities the senior staff don't want to perform. You will receive state employee benefits which isn't much. You pay half of the medical insurance costs and union dues without choice. If you are looking for a job that will pay your bills and medical until you find a better one then perhaps this place is good for you. UH has 3 year probation period so within the 3 years they can use you and have you do all the grunt work and later decide to relieve you.

Advice to Senior Managementit is a state job which is run by a union. Management has no power or authority.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I graduated from the University of Hawaii.

Project Coordinator (Former Employee)
Honolulu, HI

I worked at University of Hawai'i full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI wanted to work at the university of Hawaii because I worked there for more than ten years and it takes care their employees well. In addition to that, it is a safe place to work and the environment is welcoming.

ConsIt does not have more parking space for employees. But there is a good bus system in place.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no advise to the management at this time.

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