Washington State University Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • There was flexibilty in terms of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, go to build our own work schedule (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • life is boring in a small town like Pullman (in 4 reviews)

  • Pullman is a wonderful place to live; there is nothing like living in a true college town (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Clerical Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA

    I have been working at Washington State University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great local environment, temperate weather

    Cons

    Very small town can be difficult to accommodate to


  2. Transcriptionist

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    Former Employee - Transcriptionist in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Transcriptionist in Pullman, WA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Above average pay, great management and coworkers, very flexible with hours you get to choose

    Cons

    Can be monotonous at times


  3. Fiscal Analyst 1

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    Current Employee - Fiscal Analyst I in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Fiscal Analyst I in Pullman, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is almost always something to do, so you won't have to worry about being bored.

    Cons

    The morale is low in the department. We have a bad reputation because of past employees who no longer work there and the supervisors don't stand up for us. Pay is also low so there isn't much encouragement to work your hardest.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more reasonably for entry level. Encourage us to want to work harder using compensation.


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  5. Awesome environment!

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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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Low spending, focus on your research

    Cons

    Low stipends, specially during summer.


  6. Graduate Research Assistant

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has a wide variety of Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Bio-materials research opportunities. With lot of facility and equipment and service centers, it is not difficult to find resources for various research. The university also has close ties with Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, which provides further opportunities for research. Although the libraries are not the largest, their inter-library loan system is an invaluable asset; you can virtually access any publication through the system.

    Cons

    Pullman Washington is a rather isolated small town which makes few thing a little challenging; e.g. travelling is a head ache, you can only fly to Seattle from Pullman and if there is a little snow coming down you cannot even do that. Flying out of Spokane (75 miles away) is the most practical way, although it brings its own challenges. On a separate account, since no major company has a store in Pullman, you have to rely on postal services for anything from buying lab supplies to getting your equipment fixed.


  7. Work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good research work from multiple departments. Relatively good resources to conduct the work but also depends on the lab.

    Cons

    A lot of onus on one person and pay is very substantial for the experience and education. No growth.

    Advice to Management

    Please increase base salary according to experience.


  8. PhD Candidate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Research environment is rich with diversity. Health insurance and cost of tuition are included.

    Cons

    Cost of living is higher than stipend can cover.


  9. Marketing Assistant

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant/Graphic Designer in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant/Graphic Designer in Pullman, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Positive work environment, people are willing to help you learn new skills, benefits are nice

    Cons

    Communication about projects and deadlines was weak, there was not much in the way of leadership regarding working as a team, things seemed a bit scattered and unorganized

    Advice to Management

    I would advise that the management look into more efficient ways to conduct projects and designate leaders or project managers to oversee project that they (the management) cannot directly oversee. Since I have left in 2013 I believe the department I worked for has made great changes to restructuring their system.


  10. Loved It

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State University

    Pros

    Very Good Community vibe. All bosses cared and wanted you to learn and grow

    Cons

    No Cons! Loved it there hard to advance from college position to full time work without a masters though.


  11. Teaching assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington State University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the work was great for being a graduate student to get experience teaching your own class. Good faculty to learn from and work with.

    Cons

    It's in Pullman Washington. You are an hour and a haft from Spokane and 6 plus hours from Seattle. There is not much to do other than work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the arts. The university closed the theater department right before I arrived. Football is huge and draws new students but remember it's about teaching, education and growth of the students.



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