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Idaho State University Pocatello Reviews

Updated October 6, 2017
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Pocatello, ID

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  • I could only work 20 hours a week during the school year at a relatively low pay (in 4 reviews)

  • If you have or get a job at ISU, don't trust anyone and document everything (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Electrical Automation Lab Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Automation Lab Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Electrical Automation Lab Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Idaho State University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ESTEC had amazing equipment for their labs. They focused on making sure the student had hands on experience with the latest instruments, calibration tools, controllers and software. They were very supportive in making sure I had what I needed in the lab. They wanted to me to have the opportunity to develop my abilities as well.

    Cons

    Paying to park in a small town like Pocatello Idaho!

    Advice to Management

    Keep on supporting your instructors!


  2. "Working at ISU is pleasant, but living in Pocatello is not!"

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    Former Employee - Full Time Faculty in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Full Time Faculty in Pocatello, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Idaho State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The overall atmosphere in the College of Business for faculty and staff is good.
    - The university offers interesting programs in different colleges including science and engineering as well as business.

    Cons

    - The culture, missions, and goals are too much oriented toward teaching and offering new programs (most of which die in a few years) than doing cutting edge research. For those who are interested in teaching side of professorship, this is a good place to be at.
    - The town is extremely boring, in particular because of the predominant faith in that area, you may not find any good pubs, bars, or even cafes in Pocatello. It makes it difficult for people from other ethnic, cultural, and religious groups to live happily in that area.

  3. "Finance and Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits - dependant and spouse tuition reduction, retirement plan.

    Cons

    Administration and management. Administration is exempt from following policies. No transparency with leadership and there seems to always be a secret agenda. If you have or get a job at ISU, don't trust anyone and document everything. Spend more time managing crises than doing important work.

    Advice to Management

    Just do what is right. Stop all the secrecy, favoritism, and deception. When employees are told to lie to the press, obviously there is something seriously wrong. How about valuing employees who do a great job instead of employees who gossip, lie, deceive and blame others for their mistakes. It would be great if someone in Administration took responsibility when they screw up. Administration has no problem taking the credit for everything positive, but will find a scapegoat to blame for everything negative.


  4. "Commuter Bus Driver"

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    Current Employee - Commuter Bus Driver in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Commuter Bus Driver in Pocatello, ID

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

    Pros

    Get paid to drive from Idaho Falls to Pocatello and back every day instead of paying to ride the bus

    Cons

    Hours reporting system is a bit clunky.


  5. "Research Assistant (Temporal)"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pocatello, ID

    I have been working at Idaho State University part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    easy to manage your time

    Cons

    not much opportunities to grow


  6. "Transcript Evaluator Senior"

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    Former Employee - Office Specialist II/Transcript Evaluator Senior in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Office Specialist II/Transcript Evaluator Senior in Pocatello, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Idaho State University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with faculty, staff, and students to help in graduation procedures, processes. Work with student files to prepare for permanent storage.

    Cons

    Working with management who don't adhere to established policies and procedures. Not being notified of changes to policies and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Work on adhering to established policies and procedures. Be understanding with employees who have issues with management decisions that are not in accordance with policies and procedures.


  7. "Custodian"

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    Current Employee - Custodian in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Custodian in Pocatello, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Idaho State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have amazing benefits! You and your spouse can take undergraduate classes for $5 a credit or graduate classes for $7 per credit. Job security is very nice as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes dealing with the beuracacy can be a challenge and they always seem to have more management than necessary and not enough workers.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to do their job more often.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Impossible College Teaching"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Pocatello, ID

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

    Pros

    The weather is nice. Classrooms in the new building are equipped with decent technological tools.

    Cons

    No pay until the 5th week of the term. No say in course scheduling. Student retention is stressed over student qualification. International students are highly discriminated against. Cheating is rampant. No faculty association. Disabilities are ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and accept a faculty association. Qualify students in college-level ability for a college environment. Provide support for instructors who teach predominately international students rather than saying "deal with it."


  9. "Office assistant"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Idaho State University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and work study position. Really a stress free position and direct boss is great to work for.

    Cons

    Only part time and pay doesn't escalate very quickly.


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pocatello, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ISU has some of the best and the brightest people working for them. It is stimulating to work with intellectual and driven people.

    Cons

    With any larger company, one can find too many segmented areas.The Divisions are very disconnected.


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