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Washington State University Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
157 Reviews
3.6
157 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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Not great but decent pay

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

    I worked at Washington State University part-time

    Pros

    The people were great. I liked the town. There office culture was laid back and everyone was easy to get along with. The only issues were actually policy problems and some people had no idea what their role was. Loosely defined workplace.

    Cons

    The administration and offices were a nightmare. Navigating funding loopholes was a disaster on multiple occasions. Scholarships may have been mishandled and package limits were often adjusted after an award had been made. This is typically against state law.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a better oversight plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I worked at Washington State University (more than an year)

    Pros

    Washington state is a great diverse place to work with lots of opportunities for growth and areas to learn. There are many different jobs with some truly experienced people to lead you in your carreer path.

    Cons

    With such a large business there is some disconnect to be expected from higher management and employees. The only other con is that this place is out in the middle of nowhere.

  10.  

    Poor administration and extremely poor location

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    Current Employee - TLA in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - TLA in Pullman, WA

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

    Pros

    good work private life balance

    Cons

    salary is not good. Administration is weigh down under bureaucracy. location sucks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    An okay place for short-term employment.

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    Former Employee - Painter in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Painter in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Washington State University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership is well-balanced and they offer a nice starting wage.

    Cons

    The location (although not necessarily WSU's fault), no real challenges/ lack of inspiration for workers to do better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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