Laid back, nice facilities, good people, good benefits, lots of days off (holidays, vacation), seems to be good job security as long as you perform your duties. Family is important and if you need time for unexpected issues they are very accommodating. Thank you!
Observations based on my background in industry for 20 years with a transition to academia 6 years ago. Academia has some eccentric personalities (including me) that require patience and flexibility. Academia is not conducive to advancement or pay increases (but I knew that going in). My biggest issue has been not a lot of job satisfaction because it is a service function and you don't see if you are making a difference or not; although I had at least one student contact me a couple of years later and thank me!
Advice to Management
Educating students is why we exist. Sometimes it seems we exist just for the purpose of creating a humongous business for the state and local economy. Students and upper management should express more gratitude to professors and staff, makes us appreciate what we do and why.
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO) in August 2014.
The entire interview felt pretty casual. There wasn't a lot of pressure. My two future managers interviewed me. They had a worksheet of questions and it felt like a conversation for the most part.
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