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Washington State University Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
171 Reviews
3.7
171 Reviews
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Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd
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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.  

    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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Good stepping stone for student employees

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    Current Intern - Help Desk
    Current Intern - Help Desk

    I have been working at Washington State University as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Experience in a new field before graduation
    Time for course work if no other work to do
    Friendly staff
    Get to know faculty and staff for networking

    Cons

    There wasn't much negative. This job is what you make it. If you ask for new challenges they will find things for you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Teaching Assistant

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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

    Pros

    To get a PhD and then find a very good job.

    Cons

    You are not paid well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fair graduate school experience so far as research assistant.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State University

    Pros

    Growing research and funds to support it.

    Cons

    Administrative support is poor. Especially graduate school personnel.

  11.  

    The staff and faculty are very supportive throughout various departments.

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University

    Pros

    Company values, family oriented, diversity, friendly atmosphere, relaxed culture

    Cons

    Time-off policies could be improved, communication across departments is average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities to improve skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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