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Lehigh University Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  • Takes a great deal of effort to strike a good work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • This campus is very focused on its undergraduates, and not so much the graduate students (it is glaringly obvious (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great Ph.D. Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - PhD Student/TA in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - PhD Student/TA in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I was a PhD student from 2010 to 2014 in the Industrial Engineering Dept.
    1- Social atmosphere and minority life: I am a non-American minority. The graduate life office puts together tons of programs where graduate students get together. Of course, there are more Indians and Chinese (I am from neither of those countries), but there are a lot of people interested in knowing about other countries. I never felt isolated.

    2- Research quality: Of course it depends on your advisor. Mine was great and knowledgable. There are many well-known professors in the IE department.

    3- Salary: I was a TA for the most part. The pay was enough for normal life expenses + travels within the US and occasionally outside the US. For conference attendance money, it totally depends on your advisor's budget.

    4- Great focus on LGBTQ issues. I attended several workshops around these issues.

    5- The health center: Great staff but limited care.

    Cons

    The school does not have a big name in general, but the quality for a PhD depends largely on individual departments and advisors.

    In terms of the social events, the IE department has a rather tough atmosphere. Not much social activities at all.

    Advice to Management

    Grad student body basically comprises of three or four countries. In my four years at Lehigh in the IE department, we basically hired people from 2-3 countries. Maybe 1 or 2 outliers, but that did bias the atmosphere of the department largely. It'd be healthier to hire no more than 2-3 from each country each year.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ok not so good but not so bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Bethlehem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lehigh University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great interaction between students/researchers and professors/supervisors which come from the small size of school. Some accomplished researchers. Some good scholarship/work study/financial aid package.

    Cons

    Not good for minority. If you are Indian, Chinese or white American, then this is the place for you. Others not recommended. A minority background can have an effect of people clearly negativity towards me and some professors and students made discriminating treatments/comments solely based on where I am originally from. A clear favoritism is shown towards certain people based on race or how much they like you for unknown reasons that are not related to your job performance (sycophants).

    Advice to Management

    Do not turn deaf ears to minority issues. It has been like this for at least a decade and we only see minimal improvement. 40% of minority dropped out because of your treatment.


  3. "EE grad student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Bethlehem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lehigh University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice campus, quiet small city, nice historical buildings,

    Cons

    no money for lab equipment, long time to fix, a lot of money spent on adds, electrical engineering department not organized, not recommended to grad students


  4. "research analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    great environment good growth opportunity

    Cons

    really not much to say


  5. "Research engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed environment to work and there are a lot of young people. i liked labs, buildings, and athmosphere

    Cons

    pay level is not that satisfied


  6. "Grader in ECE department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Grader in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Grader in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lehigh University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The professor was nice, and there was not too heavy work.

    Cons

    There is nothing to mention.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great organization to work for. While working at Lehigh I had the advantage of learning from my colleagues and peers. I was given the opportunity to apply my professional experience toward the progression of the institution and acquired great skills and competencies.

    Cons

    Honestly don't feel there were any within my time with the institution.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. "Contracts and Licensing Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues were professional; work was relevant to my coursework experience

    Cons

    Priorities mixed, not clear on certain objectives


  9. "worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lehigh University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a great place to work you are treated greatly the money isn't the best but all the intangibles are great. If you want to work in an environment that you are respected then work there

    Cons

    The money isn't the best but if you are local it is definatly worth it there is a lot of people that complain about how much they work. There are a lot of rich stuck up people also.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the people more so they can actually work hard instead of slacking off and collecting a paycheck.


  10. "Totally good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hellertown, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hellertown, PA

    I have been working at Lehigh University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment at lehigh

    Cons

    Semi-rural life at lehigh vally


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