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Washington State University Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
137 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

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

  • Very flexible with scheduling, especially if you're a student (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • State budget cuts are negatively affecting some programs (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 as a graduate student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State University

    Pros

    friendly people to work with

    Cons

    some departments are not good for international student

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of politics and red tape...Experience can be good or bad, and changes frequently

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator II  in  Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator II in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    Can be a good work environment, OK pay, flexible, good training opportunities (6 university credits a semester, $20). Pullman is small, but wonderful community to grow up in. Generally speaking, the university has high tech tools (although some notable exceptions in places).

    Cons

    Lots of politics and red tape. I was eventually fired because I outperformed my coworkers who had been there a long time, and they conspired to get rid of me to keep them from looking bad. Lots of policy and procedures. Lots of reasons NOT to excel. Frequent cycles in outlook due to state budget and other external pressures. Faculty can be a pain to work with, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve culture; Most departments had a suffocating culture and little reason to excel. Everything in the university is about keeping things status-quo, and those who think outside the box or try to improve things are punished.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    directoe

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    Current Employee - Building Manager  in  Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Building Manager in Pullman, WA

    I have been working at Washington State University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good flexible and secure place to work

    Cons

    too small down regarding children's education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    everyone is nice but process is too slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Washington State University Tri-Cities

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor

    I worked at Washington State University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Very mellow place to work. Treats employees well. Had a lot of leeway as an adjunct to develop my own curricular material and lab experiments. Received good pay and generous benefits as a research scientist.

    Cons

    Very low pay for adjuncts. 1800 for each three credit-hours per semester (18 weeks).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider better pay for adjunct instructors. They need to make a living too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience for a grad student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington State University

    Pros

    Pros : Nice faculty, staff, friendly people

    Cons

    Cons : Location, weather, there are no other cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are looking for innovation and a chance to make a difference, then this is not the place for you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington State University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Like many university professorships, the hours are flexible and have limited responsibilities during break months. Pay is competitive. Pullman is a very safe town.

    Cons

    Leadership that prizes the antiquated structure of universities from the 19th century. In addition, your opinion is only as valuable as your pay scale and amount of research money you bring in. This place is a political nightmare managed by people who have done well for themselves by stepping on and over their colleagues without a second thought. For a place that is supposed to protect and encourage free thought and bolster innovation, management does a great job of making this impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current structure of the university system is failing. No amount of raising tuition is going to fix that. More and more students are leaving the university without receiving the education that they are paying out of control rates for. The quality of education is being sacrificed by "Professors" who care more about writing grants and doing research in lieu of performing the very basics of their job titles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Independence, esteemed work place with excellent benefits

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Peaceful, independence, flexibility. Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Could be little better pay, more challenging!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not spend so much resources for administration!!!

  9.  

    An ordinary university to persue your study but a great capmus

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A beautiful campus that you can enjoy walking through with a friendly environment and kind staff. Most of the year it has a nice weather.

    Cons

    There is big gap between salaries in different departments and for some engineering department the salary is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Not the best graduate school

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at Washington State University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are nice enough, beautiful location

    Cons

    The funding is low, the mentoring is low, the opportunities are low

    No opinion of CEO
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    research assistant position review

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

    I have been working at Washington State University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    WSU is a good place to start academic career. I had many opportunities to work with researchers from various areas.

    Cons

    since it is a land grant university, connections between main campus and off site campuses are not strong enough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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