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Washington State University Reviews

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
160 Reviews
3.7
160 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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    WSU

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

    I have been working at Washington State University

    Pros

    Great atmosphere that I worked well in

    Cons

    Many roadblocks / political problems got in the way

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State University

    Pros

    Small town, friendly people. WSU has a really good science program

    Cons

    If you work on campus, the schedule is really tight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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    PhD Student life

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University

    Pros

    you have time and city is beautiful especially in fall and spring.

    Cons

    you don't have enough money to spend on etertainment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase PhD students salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked as a math tutor and a math teaching assistant in this university.

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor/Math Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Math Tutor/Math Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University

    Pros

    Having some great study atmosphere.

    Cons

    Nothing bad about this university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Fun environment that taught me a lot for the future

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    The university and academic life was wonderful at times. I felt like I learned a lot working for this college and that it will benefit me later on in life. The hours were good, so you could actually have a life outside of work. The people in the department that I worked for were extremely fun and easy to work with. I made quite a few friends working here that I will always cherish. The pay wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. I did get a pay increase over time. My supervisor was amazing and fun to work with. I honestly believe that if all bosses saw how she treated her employees, then work would be so much better for a lot of people. Overall I enjoyed my experience and was sad when I left. I would love to work here again.

    Cons

    The town is small, with not a lot to do. It can be hard adjusting to a new town that is small if you are young and single right out of college. Some of the professors and researchers have giant egos and come off as arrogant, but they are only a small percentage and most of the researchers I liked working with felt the same way about them too. The administration could be a nightmare and working with HR was always a pain. They had their own way of doing things, which caused a lot of unnecessary stress at times. Most of the cons of working here only happened once every couple of months and usually it wouldn't bother me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix some minor problems with the administration to make things less stressful. Other than that, I wouldn't change a whole lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    As an employee and student couldn't be better.

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

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

    Pros

    Their is a large amount of respect for work/school balance. Especially to students that have GA/Workstudy

    Cons

    If to say any within my current position my training opportunities would make work experience better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more training and personal development to GA/Workstudy students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Student Staff at WSU Recreation Center

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University

    Pros

    Couldn't have been better! WSU was a great place with even better people! Loved everyone I worked with and the community was amazing.

    Cons

    A lot of the professional staff have moved on to other jobs and it may not look the same in terms of management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good school

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

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

    Pros

    small town feel, great community. Good faculty and student opportunity and collaboration.

    Cons

    Some lower level employees are difficult to work with. Sometimes feel like just doing a bunch of busy work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor choice for postdoctoral study - VMP

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University

    Pros

    Learn to persevere in a negative work environment.

    Cons

    Expected to work 24/7, very little support for a post-doc trying to develop their career or learn about grant-writing process. No encouragement for career growth beyond "get the work done". Low salaries, middle of nowhere. Poor technical support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for postdocs to help them move beyond the postdoc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    salary and administration sucks

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    Current Employee - Admininsatrative Professional in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Admininsatrative Professional in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    it is great place to work if you are working as a professor or postdoc.

    Cons

    For admin professional salaries are lower than average salaries in US. The location of the main campus drives away good management people as a result of the management position are filled very narrow minded local people. politics and bureaucracy cripple the administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the president and raise the salary to attract decent admin people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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