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Washington State University Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
149 Reviews
3.7
149 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good graduate student stipend compared to cost of living (in 4 reviews)

  • There was flexibilty in terms of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Some budget cuts in recent years has also put pressure on research programs to find more outside funding (in 5 reviews)

  • It can be a bit much to handle when you are a full time student (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Graduate Student Instructor

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great teaching experience! Wonderful opportunity to interact with professors on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Very little pay, no security, few benefits. Meant to be short-term even though it is often needed for as long as 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the benefit package and pay to graduate student instructors. They teach the majority of classes for peanuts compared to the faculty!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An okay place for short-term employment.

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    Former Employee - Painter in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Painter in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership is well-balanced and they offer a nice starting wage.

    Cons

    The location (although not necessarily WSU's fault), no real challenges/ lack of inspiration for workers to do better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoy working for Washington State University.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    I enjoy interacting with students and holding office hours.

    Cons

    It is difficult to help students who don't care about learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes, required classes don't make sense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience, fun, easy going.

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    Research experience, looks great on a resume while being on a difficult somewhere between school work and industry work. Flexible hours, go to build our own work schedule.

    Cons

    Much lower pay than the type of work done would have gotten at an internship elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The experience was worth the low pay as an early step in career. Nothing really needs to change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Feel under compensated. Not a fair wage.

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    Short commute to work
    good benefits

    Cons

    Extremely low pay compared to the hospital one mile away.
    Extremely low pay for many years experience
    Human Resources refuses to look at salaries in the state and nationally to see that this position is way underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do a salary review. Historically you have ignored us. I am looking elsewhere. I can't be exploited any longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Though it ended badly, my seven years with WSU, over all, was positive.

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    Current Employee - Grant Manager
    Current Employee - Grant Manager

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

    Pros

    Great to be working in an academic environment with such positive name recognition. People tend to respond very positively when you tell them you work for WSU.

    Cons

    State was on wage freeze, despite adding significantly to my workload during the seven years of my employment and positive annual reviews, I was unable to get a raise. Very frustrating. Also, there seemed to be a great deal of redundant paperwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Watch your back

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Washington State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location is great, helping students, retirement plan is good if you can survive

    Cons

    No leadership, poor managers who Are controlling, devalues employees, poor pay, no work schedule flexibility . Have to pay for parking which is expenses, managers do not value employees or their work, can't trust anyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate treat employees fair and equitable offer advancements and not to your friends or family members, take leadership classes, stop hiring friends and family members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Short hours, Crazy clients, scattered management

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    Former Employee - Disability Resource Aid in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Disability Resource Aid in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some fantastic co-workers with excellent backgrounds, flexible scheduling, easy work, editing textbooks was relaxing, driving and scheduling the van got crazy

    Cons

    Pay, disorganized management, management did not make use of employee talents, problems with university politics and funding being diverted, this leads to potential lawsuit for disabled people to access university resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    I looked forward to going to work every day at the Writing Center

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State University

    Pros

    I loved getting to discuss the writing process with students at every stage of their papers, and connecting with other people who valued written communication as much as I did. I also just thought it was great that students had this free resource to utilize and strengthen their writing.

    Cons

    Like any workplace, there were occasionally co-workers who were cliquish, but this was rarely a real issue.

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    Assistant Professor

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Tri Cities, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Tri Cities, WA

    I worked at Washington State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Statewide university. great name recognition and potential for statewide impact

    modern facilities on branch campuses. strong IT department

    Cons

    heavily bureaucratic, centralized control in Pullman, numerous meaningless policies. endless layer upon layer of policies and procedure making teaching and scholarship unnecessarily burdensome for faculty. Workload for faculty is very heavy in terms of teaching load and need to bring in lots of research dollars.
    Provost office is very heavy handed-centralized in control, dictatorial in its mindset

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need transparency to increase trust. from the highest level down
     View junior faculty as an asset to be mentored nurtured and supported.
    Decentralize the management structure so branch campus leadership can be empowered to fulfill the mission of land grant universities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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