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Updated December 6, 2017
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  • There are no cons for this employer (in 10 reviews)

  • instructional pay is low, local K12 school districts pay more with a bachelors degree (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lamar University part-time

    Pros

    Great with making accommodations for students.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons


  2. "Field Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lamar University full-time

    Pros

    Love the people I work with!

    Cons

    Nothing negative about this place or my job.

  3. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lamar University part-time

    Pros

    It was perfect working there overall

    Cons

    I did not find any cons for my work here


  4. "Student Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Beaumont, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great part-time job while attending school. Great staff and good environment.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  5. "Regional Admissions Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Regional Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Regional Admissions Representative

    I have been working at Lamar University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love what I do and I love my coworkers. The staff that I work with are all hard working and passionate people.

    Cons

    I am a regional employee and I feel that I do not have as strong as a connection as others who work on campus. Compensation could be better


  6. "Productive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lamar University part-time

    Pros

    friendly, good environment, nice people

    Cons

    low salary, sometimes can be really busy


  7. "Good"

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

    I have been working at Lamar University part-time

    Pros

    It helps with the expenses

    Cons

    no cons for this position

    Advice to Management

    no advice for management.

  8. "Lamar Rec Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lamar University part-time

    Pros

    Easy job, on campus, flexible hours

    Cons

    Some of the senior staff are flaky in their decisions


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Director"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Program Director in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Director in Beaumont, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lamar University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Mostly great people to work with, helpful and nice
    -flexible time available to deal with family needs
    - Tuition program for spouses and dependents
    - Decent benefits
    - freedom to pursue any endeavor or project and work yourself to death with no support or recognition or overtime that you can use to get a better position somewhere else.
    - great local restaurants and venues for live music
    -close to the beach and Gulf of Mexico, close to some great rivers and state parks, forests

    Cons

    -archaic instructional procedures, well behind other universities of comparable size
    - large number of folks not from the area and they do not have a strong community relationship - aloof to building relationships about anything other than sports and even that is pretty weak.
    – instructional pay is low, local K12 school districts pay more with a bachelors degree
    - student payroll is low and students constantly have to choose between working on campus or off campus. Most work off campus because pay is better and can actually support themselves. Seriously affects the development and progress of many LU programs.
    - run-down neighborhood surrounds campus; high crime, high poverty. very unsafe after dark off campus. Campus cops do a good job, but they can't be everywhere. City doesn't make much developments for the area.
    -campus is adjacent to a refinery complex - air usually has a very funky smell kinda like pepper - I know of co-workers and candidates who quit or refused positions because of air quality issues.
    - Seems to be a lot of turnover in some admin and academic areas
    – campus has a lot of long-term employees that are not utilized appropriately - admin will take joe blow off the street before listening to the employee that has experience in the department- doesn't apply to my area, but I observed this in a lot of other other areas and heard a lot of complaints.
    - scarcity of decent housing options in Beaumont

    Advice to Management

    - increase student payroll across campus - it is strangling the growth of the university and campus life. Departments are having difficulty functioning and growing because they can't keep student staffers.
    - instructional pay needs to be increased - very low. Every position requires masters or above educational degree, but local school districts pay $10k more per year for classroom teachers with a bachelors degree.- shameful.
    - get rid of the Native Internet Banner system - it's archaic, hard to use, and represents the best of 1990s technology. Everyone complains about it, there are constant errors and no one really knows how it works. I really don't understand how the finance department operates - budgets are never what they seem to appear. It's supposed to be a paperless system, but everything is done electronically only to have to fill out the same form in paper! Makes no sense and wastes a lot of time. Items show as encumbered or paid, but really aren't even after supervisors and directors tell you it is and then the vendor calls and complains and we end up doing the same process again.


  10. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Beaumont, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - International Students can only wok on campus so their departments provide various opening each semester.
    - Helpful administrative and HR staff
    - Give best hourly rates

    Cons

    - As part time, RA and Grader positions gets less hours.


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