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North Dakota State University Graduate Teaching Assistant Reviews

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Pros
  • Great school, Great town, Friendly people (in 8 reviews)

  • Students are good, the staff are generally very nice people to work with (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary and high health insurance fees (in 4 reviews)

  • It gets really cold in the winter (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being a graduate teaching assistant in North Dakota State University is always challenging and fun, students are generally highly motivated and curious to learn new materials and experience.

    Cons

    The weather here is quite unpredictable, though it is usually cold and windy. Sometimes we get a sunny day today and the next day we might have a blizzard warning.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the hiring process professional, clean and smooth.


  2. "It's a decent deal"

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at North Dakota State University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tuition is free as a graduate assistant, so you can continue your education without going into debt.

    Cons

    Obviously, it doesn't pay the best, many graduate schools are able to pay their assistants more.


  3. "Graduate research and teaching assistant - Biology Dept"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at North Dakota State University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The biology graduate programs are almost all fully financially supported with research and teaching assistanceships. There were many opportunities for collaboration with other labs and with the local USDA branch, mentorships, professional development, and direct teaching experience.

    Cons

    low take home pay and long hours, but that is grad school.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging undergraduate research development, and make more competitive efforts to keep faculty members on staff.


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  5. "Nice environment, friendly people, and friendly staff"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's the largest university in the state, with students coming from all parts of the state and also neighboring states of Minnesota and South Dakota.

    Cons

    Fargo is kind of a remote city. The closest significant metropolitan area is Minneapolis-St. Paul area which is 3 hour drive away.
    The winters are also long and harsh.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advices for the management, I just have to put a minimum of 20 words in here, so the website lets me to open an account.


  6. "Pretty good"

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at North Dakota State University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    You'll have a relaxed time here

    Cons

    Some professors are just jerks.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to students.


  7. "Great Expereience"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND

    I have been working at North Dakota State University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This company provided many opportunities to further my education at their expense while working full time.

    Cons

    Work load with school can be more than some can handle, under this option no benefits are provided.

    Advice to Management

    Further staff development.


  8. "Complicated"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at North Dakota State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can always find nice people, however there is not too many of them in NDSU. Officials show they want to help!

    Cons

    Officials show they want to help, however they only important thing is getting tenure for most Instructors and bringing money to school for officials. They quality of work is just a word!

    Advice to Management

    More effort on quality is needed. Keep track of employees!


  9. "It is a good place to conduct research here. But same time it is very boring here."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Peaceful, very safe place, if you have family, it would be a good place for you.

    Cons

    very boring, not much fun, not a ideal place for a young person like me

    Advice to Management

    have the insurance covered for the graduate students here


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    "Good hours, less than stellar compensation and respect"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was surprised at how much I like living in Fargo. The community so far is great. The campus climate overall is quite open. The job pays my tuition and a monthly salary.

    Cons

    Like any job, the faculty in my department have formed cliques. Their arguments are often played out through the graduate students like pawns. The facilities and technology leave something to be desired. My office accumulates a fine coating of soot from the coal plant when left undisturbed over the weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Graduate Teaching Assistants are the foot soldiers of the university, and often the only instructors freshman will see. A modest bump in compensation and even the most basic benefits would boost morale and bring the University on par with its peer institutions, thereby attracting more qualified, motivated individuals.