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Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emporia State University part-time

    Pros

    Great people, great place, great opportunities

    Cons

    No cons to speak of


  2. "ESU"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emporia State University full-time

    Pros

    It's a laid back environment.

    Cons

    Salaries are not keeping pace, advancement is limited.

  3. "Associate Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Emporia State University full-time

    Pros

    It's a positive environment overall. The new leadership over the last few years has been good. While egos exist here, they aren't crazy out of control. Students are nice people overall. Work can be intense, but is rewarding. There's lots of interesting and very smart people that teach here.

    Cons

    Small town gossip is annoying. While it has gotten better, the university continues to bridge the gap between itself and the community. If you are a part of the Business School, Library Sciences and the teachers college, you will likely see a good amount of funding come your way compared to other departments/schools. Salary compression is pretty bad here. People loyal to this school for 10 plus years (tenured) sometimes get paid the same as new hires with less experience.

    Advice to Management

    Not seeing an appropriate financial reward for pouring your life into a job is a demoralizing and reduces the motivation for growth and innovation. I would suggest compensating those who earned it before adding more admin positions.


  4. "meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cost of living is reasonable

    Cons

    Small town folks big time issues with inclusion

    Advice to Management

    Invest in professional development for all campus members


  5. "Lab Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emporia State University part-time

    Pros

    Can work on homework when not tutoring.

    Cons

    The secretary has anger issues.

    Advice to Management

    Put the time sheets in the lab.


  6. "Working at the Memorial Union of ESU"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Emporia, KS
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Emporia, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    On Campus jobs are easier and closer to calss

    Cons

    Raciest manager at the Memorial Union

    Advice to Management

    Do not judge people according to their race.


  7. "Hornet Nation"

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    Current Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Emporia, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Emporia State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent quality school. Good athletics. Adaptable and diverse.

    Cons

    Low pay. Especially compared to the KC and Wichita Markets that are within driving distance.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "OK Position"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - On campus
    - Interesting, varied work.
    - Lots of useful resources
    - Visibility (i.e., people begin to recognize you)
    - Good resume buff, especially for transitioning into another campus dept.

    Cons

    - People politics and favoritism
    - Pay
    - Location
    - No confidentiality among employees and upper management
    - Lack of transparency on many issues
    - No advancement opportunities
    - A lot of talk about best practices and values not implemented at high levels of department
    - poor work/life balance and regular, legal activities can result in employment action.
    - diversity and inclusion training does not exist for workers. Not valued at all among departments.

    Advice to Management

    Inform your workers about changes in the department. Stop hiding behind false promises and rhetoric. Increase pay and accept diversity to attract higher caliber workers in the department.


  9. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emporia, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emporia State University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworker and supervisors are very nice and an pleasant atmosphere

    Cons

    My own study time will be cut down


  10. "Find the right department on campus that fits you."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Assistant

    I worked at Emporia State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I greatly enjoyed being a graduate teaching assistant for a year because I was able to plan my own lessons, teach my own classes, incorporate activities into each lesson, and get to know my students through class and office hours. There weren't many people politics in the psychology department which I greatly appreciated.
    When I was a graduate assistant for a campus office, I enjoyed the flexibility of working my 20 hours per week, autonomy I was given on independent projects, and helping students.

    Cons

    There were sometimes people politics between graduate teaching assistants, but I easily steered clear of those who seemed to like drama.
    However, when I worked as a graduate assistant, there were so many people politics that I struggled to navigate. It didn't seem bad at first, but soon enough, the true colors of some of the fellow workers shown through. Often when I left work and got home, I would cry. Over time, I became angry and finally bitter. I complained about a fellow graduate assistant a couple times to my manager for not working and for her behavior, and some steps were taken like I no longer had to work at the same times as her. Everyone knew about my complaint (no confidentiality), and eventually, I just accepted that most of the work we were responsible for would fall on me. Everyone in the office knew everyone else's business, cliques were in place, and lines were drawn. Passive aggressive behavior from some employees who had been there a long time was rampant. Looking back, I would say that I should have left as soon as I could by applying to be a GTA sooner. However, I thought I could change the situation by changing myself. That didn't work, ever. Not all graduate assistantships are equal, and many depend on the politics of that particular department.

    Advice to Management

    Find hobbies. Do things you love. Build healthy relationships outside of work. Go to a therapist. Putting others down and talking behind their backs only makes you feel dirty. I have done it too, and it isn't healthy. For those who you can't manage their lives without being passive aggressive and scapegoating employees, then retire or find a different job that challenges and rewards you.


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