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Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work environment, nice faculty members (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule for students and the ability to explore and learn as I developed (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay - but that is to be expected of research assistants offered at any other institution (in 10 reviews)

  • Minimum wage but because this is a student assistant position (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Writing Consultant at Boise State Writing Center"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writing Consultant in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Writing Consultant in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, supportive atmosphere, lots of learning opportunities, HR is easy to work with

    Cons

    Low pay, at least where I was working


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Boise State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Truly focused on the development, and accomplishments of its students and faculty.

    Cons

    Nothing to add for cons

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add for advice

  3. "Graduate Assistance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant for Department of Management in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant for Department of Management in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Boise State University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, waived my tuition while working as a GA, nice new business building

    Cons

    finding hours by working with professors can be hard. Make sure you network and build connections to get a consistent workflow


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Favoritism, Discrimination, Harassment,.. you name it"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Faculty in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boise State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Boise is a nice city to live with four seasons.

    Cons

    Despite the locale of a nice emerging city, this University has serious issues with no remedial actions being taken or hope in sight. The administration is corrupt from top to the bottom, and the only game they play is to water down the standards of education in the State of Idaho by boosting enrollment. The foundational studies program is a disaster with greater than 85% students getting A grades in important courses. There is a constant pressure on instructors to pass everyone to boost enrollment so that the administration can boast of highest enrollment numbers in the state, and get largest paychecks in the state of Idaho.
    In addition to consistently falling standards of education, there are issues of rampant cronyism and discrimination against minorities. There are gangs and clubs of dominant group among faculty and administrators with blatant disregard for scholarship. Accomplished researchers, who are not aligned with a certain gang, are harassed and their incompetent counterparts promoted with several recent policy changes customized to promote incompetency. The message is clear – intellectuals and minorities, even if more competent, are not welcome here. If you are here, you are at the mercy of the monocolor administration. Deans and Chairs are picked on the basis of cronyism and in the words of senior administration, “Academic competence has nothing to do with leadership.” In other words, intellectual minorities must do all the work of upholding academic standards while the incompetent cronies of one group will be made your bosses, DIlbert style. In summary, if you are competent and talented with great ideas, this place is not for you. If you belong to the dominant group and are good at sucking up and playing the game of incompetents and “sail” with them, you will thrive in this borough. If you have seen the “Don’t Fail Idaho” advertisement, don’t think BSU will do any wonders to your future by attending it. They are doing a good job of failing Idaho by lowering the standards of education so that administrator can keep getting their fattest paychecks in the state.

    Advice to Management

    The whole management needs to be shaken up else you will become state's largest Community College with ever falling standards.


  5. "Undergraduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boise State University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great job to have in college.

    Cons

    Papers and assignments stacked up quickly, forcing long hours some weeks.


  6. "Graduate Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boise State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is great to be a graduate assistant at Boise State. With tuition waivers and stipends, it definitely makes it easier to get a graduate degree.

    Cons

    Halfway through the year, the stipend was changed to hourly pay. This was frustrating, as a contract was signed for a certain stipend, which won't be met since I'm not able to get hours during holidays, etc.


  7. "Research Assistanct"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Boise State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience for the future.

    Cons

    Sometime hard to manage time for study and work.

  8. "Work Study - College of Business"

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    Former Employee - Student Office Assistant in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Student Office Assistant in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Flexible and gives you real world experience in the business department

    Cons

    Some managers are better than others, but you get that in most places of employment

    Advice to Management

    No matter what the classification of the employee, they are all human and deserve to be respected and treated nicely.


  9. "Great campus environment but can suffer from department politics"

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    Current Employee - Faculty Member in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Faculty Member in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boise State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    University environment is vibrant, No two days are alike, exceptional benefits

    Cons

    Department politics can cause poor morale, poor pay compared to private sector

    Advice to Management

    Changing environment in higher education is creating tension that affects work environment. Address it directly.


  10. "They encourage learning opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Financial Technician in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Financial Technician in Boise, ID

    I worked at Boise State University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are forward thinking & innovative.

    Cons

    Parking is really difficult, prepare to walk the campus.


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