Washington State University Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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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. Great Place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly people, caring departments. University could improve on teaching undergraduates.

    Cons

    Location in Pullman isn't great. Salaries are still quite low and Pullman is not cheap!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. As a student mentor in Multicultural Student Services, I worked with minority students and their transition to college.

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    Current Intern - Multicultural Student Services Student Mentor in Pullman, WA
    Current Intern - Multicultural Student Services Student Mentor in Pullman, WA

    I have been working at Washington State University as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company values, flexibility, open communication, feedback

    Cons

    unorganized, difficult to communicate, stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization of MSS is skewed and should be looked into.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Student Entertainment Board

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    Former Employee - Student Entertainment Board in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Student Entertainment Board in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University

    Pros

    Amazing experience working with this student lead board. Tons of opportunities to plan events from movie showings, concerts, art galleries, carnivals, guest speakers, and talent contests.

    Cons

    You have to be a student to work with SEB

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
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  5. Good

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    Former Employee - IT Technician III in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - IT Technician III in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    There was a lot to learn, work environment was awesome

    Cons

    sometimes it was super busy

  6. Technical Specialist 2

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    Current Employee - Technology Specialist II in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Technology Specialist II in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    Cost of living is low, pretty laid back

    Cons

    Typical government job, company loves to waste money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives, more flexible schedule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. The Bean Counters are in Charge

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington State University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A large university with Research 1 status, strong departments--especially in agriculture and vet med.

    Cons

    Arbitrary evaluation--#s mean more than quality of venue or evaluation made by high ranking peers. Upper-level leadership has a "Go Cougs" attitude that lacks critical perspective and a view toward the big picture. The "love it or leave it" attitude seems inappropriate at an institution of this stature. Since the forced transformation of the institution according to a model that was not supported by the faculty, created a consolidation of roles but almost no financial benefit as administrators got pay raises for the "bigger" jobs they do after merging Liberal Arts and the Sciences. Morale is bad. Many faculty act as if they are being held hostage, prevented from leaving by a bad job market and unable to do the best job possible by the limited ways in which they are evaluated. Mid-level administration--Deans and Chairs--when they do not toe the line--are bossed and micro-managed by the upper-level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider getting to know faculty, learning more about how they might be able to help you achieve your goals while also pursuing their own.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Overall I enjoyed working there for more than five years.

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

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

    Pros

    - small college town, safe and peace.
    - very nice co-workers.

    Cons

    - not too much entertainment.
    - too far away from major city metro areas.

  9. Good, steady employment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State University

    Pros

    Steady employment, opportunities to advance, reduced cost for your own education. Very friendly co-workers, feels like I'm a part of a family.

    Cons

    Administration is given to whims. While the salaries are high for the area, they are low for higher education. There is very little accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Good student job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State University

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay, campus job

    Cons

    Not enough training, student managers

  11. Great University, great managers, coworkers and customers!

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    Former Contractor - Clerical Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Former Contractor - Clerical Assistant in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at WSU's Creamery. Everyone from management, packers, office colleagues, and customers were great to work with.

    Cons

    The pay is a rather low, but at the same time, it is a temporary job for a state University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing great!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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