Washington State University Reviews

Updated September 3, 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. Library Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They worked around your schedule, especially if you had class. The environment was very friendly and laid back yet professional.

    Cons

    Tasks were very independent, therefore this was not a job that allowed you to constantly speak with consumers and engage in conversation.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed working here and the work culture was very enjoyable. Pullman has a great sense of community and this job definitely thrived in it!


  2. Public Relations Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington State University part-time

    Pros

    Loved the opportunity to work in the field while completing my public relations degree. My coworkers were lovely and my supervisors were both incredibly helpful while also allowing for a lot of independence.

    Cons

    Would have liked to take on more hours but as a student you're only allowed to be at 18-20 if you're working with the University.


  3. Research Intern

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to the same opportunities as the students, full-time WSU employees even get to take a free course every semester if they choose, which can go towards achieving a minor or second degree.

    Cons

    Small town, not much to do. No opportunity for pay growth.


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  5. Great Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great environment, understanding, and fun! I really enjoyed my time working with the international students on campus and it was great experience while I worked on my degree at the same time.

    Cons

    Only bad experience I had was my manager who had very little to do with anything that I did allowed a difference in opinion to change the way she treated me. That wasn't the universities fault though.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make decisions based off of emotions and use communication to resolve issues as opposed to hasty last minute decisions. Remember that your choice effect those around you, thats why you are in charge.


  6. Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very clam and nice city and good for focusing on research. Although it's my personal experience, but my adviser is very nice and helpful

    Cons

    Cold in the winter. Not close to big cities with many job or intern opportunities and TechTalks.


  7. Mixed feelings

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Typical but good state government benefits, great job security, large organization but part of a tight-knit community

    Cons

    University operates as separate business units and so there can be poor allocation of resources compared to workload. Many management roles are filled by people who have been with the university for X number of years instead of being qualified to lead a team

    Advice to Management

    Provide more dynamic training, specifically to management, to better prepare them for team leading


  8. System Administrator

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    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.


  9. Great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent Benefit and growing bigger

    Cons

    Small college town, Limited housing


  10. 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.


  11. 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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