Washington State University Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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Pros
  • There was flexibilty in terms of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, go to build our own work schedule (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • life is boring in a small town like Pullman (in 4 reviews)

  • Pullman is a wonderful place to live; there is nothing like living in a true college town (in 3 reviews)

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  1. System Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in Pullman, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Washington State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Lots of career potential.

    Cons

    Like most big universities, WSU has lots of politics. However I dont see this as necessarily a con, if you are smart

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, always support your employees.


  2. Graduate school

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The chemistry department is a fantastic place to work. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

    Cons

    You have to graduate and go get a real job sometime

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to upgrade the chemistry building. The molecular biosciences have nice new labs but chemistry is still in the core of campus, with one of the older buildings on campus.


  3. Clerical Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great local environment, temperate weather

    Cons

    Very small town can be difficult to accommodate to


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  5. Transcriptionist

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    Former Employee - Transcriptionist in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Transcriptionist in Pullman, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Above average pay, great management and coworkers, very flexible with hours you get to choose

    Cons

    Can be monotonous at times


  6. Fiscal Analyst 1

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    Current Employee - Fiscal Analyst I in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Fiscal Analyst I in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is almost always something to do, so you won't have to worry about being bored.

    Cons

    The morale is low in the department. We have a bad reputation because of past employees who no longer work there and the supervisors don't stand up for us. Pay is also low so there isn't much encouragement to work your hardest.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more reasonably for entry level. Encourage us to want to work harder using compensation.


  7. Awesome environment!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Low spending, focus on your research

    Cons

    Low stipends, specially during summer.


  8. Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has a wide variety of Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Bio-materials research opportunities. With lot of facility and equipment and service centers, it is not difficult to find resources for various research. The university also has close ties with Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, which provides further opportunities for research. Although the libraries are not the largest, their inter-library loan system is an invaluable asset; you can virtually access any publication through the system.

    Cons

    Pullman Washington is a rather isolated small town which makes few thing a little challenging; e.g. travelling is a head ache, you can only fly to Seattle from Pullman and if there is a little snow coming down you cannot even do that. Flying out of Spokane (75 miles away) is the most practical way, although it brings its own challenges. On a separate account, since no major company has a store in Pullman, you have to rely on postal services for anything from buying lab supplies to getting your equipment fixed.


  9. Marketing Assistant

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant/Graphic Designer in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant/Graphic Designer in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment, people are willing to help you learn new skills, benefits are nice

    Cons

    Communication about projects and deadlines was weak, there was not much in the way of leadership regarding working as a team, things seemed a bit scattered and unorganized

    Advice to Management

    I would advise that the management look into more efficient ways to conduct projects and designate leaders or project managers to oversee project that they (the management) cannot directly oversee. Since I have left in 2013 I believe the department I worked for has made great changes to restructuring their system.


  10. Average to good grad school experience

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington State University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had freedom to explore what i needed to explore without a lot of interference or micromanagement from my advisors.

    Cons

    It was easy to get off-track, because of the freedom mentioned above. As my advisor put it, 'you can allow a PhD candidate to flip around a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Do not meddle in the relationships between faculty and their advisees.


  11. n/a

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA

    I have been working at Washington State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    get some chance to learn some new programs

    Cons

    doesnt have an animation team to work with



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