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Oregon State University Corvallis Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Some graduate students are very under qualified for the degree they are seeking (in 13 reviews)

  • Maximum of 20 hours during the school year if you're taking more than 3 credits (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Struggling Flagship"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Short commute, lots of nature.

    Flagship Engineering college, lots of educational opportunity.

    Cons

    Constant budget crunches, furlows, and hiring freezes. Football seems to be a bigger priority than education.

    Drama prone academic administration -- fired department heads, local newspaper publishing letter to the editor, leading to fired deans.

    Little opportunity for upward promotion -- faculty and administration seem retire on death's bed, so don't expect to progress anywhere quickly as most positions are treated as national searches.

    Administrative functions seem poorly managed, and underinvested in.

    Advice to Management

    Teach your executives to train, improve and motivate people. 9 out of 10 employees don't know what Ed Ray's mission or plan is, let alone how their job contributes to the those goals or the overall wellbeing of the uni. You might not have to engage in so many national searches if your staff improved with time.


  2. "Visiting Faculty at OSU"

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    Former Employee - Visiting Faculty in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Visiting Faculty in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Nice campus in a very nice town. International community. Nice people.

    Cons

    Lab facilities are very old, dirty and disorganized. There is a big lack of communication between groups. Professors are too busy to pay any attention to students and visitors.

  3. "Be prepared to work like a Dog for little reward"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching/Research Fellow in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching/Research Fellow in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a tremendous amount and felt prepared for some good job in the work force, but not necessarily the one I was trained for :/.

    Cons

    Was so poor had to get food stamps, was regularly lied to and abused by my adviser/employer, became very ill and ended up taking longer due to severe abdominal issue. Got little support or understanding. Worked very hard and though I did well, was treated badly and paid little.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your research associates and TAs like real employees and human beings, they ARE.


  4. "Beautiful City"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice place in the summer. Had a great relationship with the advisor and the team.

    Cons

    Rains mostly in the winter but not an issue for me.
    Job is temporary until the grant lasts, but learned a lot of industry oriented skills. Postdoc positions are like students when it comes to benefits and like faculty when it comes to fees. No 401k and dependent healthcare insurance premium was very expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Please give little more benefit to these type of employees as they have been spending so many years on graduate and postgraduate works for very important research works which are the backbone of the technological strengths of the nation.


  5. "Typical University in terms of Graduate School"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR

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

    Pros

    -Great location; tons of outdoor opportunities
    -Good LGBT awareness and acceptance by campus officials. No where is perfect, but they make a strong effort.
    -The Graduate School, Campus Health, and Counselling/Psychology are all pretty great to work with.

    Cons

    Individual colleges can be really backward, in terms of actually educating and graduating students (especially grad students). Many of them have really lost sight of the education mission, in an all-out effort to scramble for shrinking funding sources. Many of the best instructors are gone, in favor of research-only workhorses. This is good for the University's short-term research productivity, but really really bad for the grad student attrition rate.


  6. "Decent Graduate School"

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    Former Employee - GTA/GRA in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - GTA/GRA in Corvallis, OR

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

    Pros

    - Nice location in Corvallis OR, which is a small college town.
    - There is a graduate student union.

    Cons

    - Some faculty are too focused on publishing (this is a systemic issue in academia).
    - Some graduate students are very under qualified for the degree they are seeking.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective in who is admitted to the graduate school and rigorous with English proficiency screening process.


  7. "Environmental Health and Safety Professional 1"

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    Current Employee - EH&S Professional I in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - EH&S Professional I in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is life is very independent. OSU EH&S is in a period of program development and growth. It is easy to find a niche within the university. It is a great college and a positive environment to work.

    Cons

    Pay is low. There is not much room for advancement as a classified staff member. You will be in a EH&S Pro your whole career. Professors at the university do not hold EH&S policies in high regard.

    Advice to Management

    Management is good in EH&S. There position is not the most stable at the university and work on 1 year contracts. Management is easy to work for.

  8. "contracts manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon State University full-time

    Pros

    Good people with good intentions.

    Cons

    Poor alignment and consensus on strategic goals

    Advice to Management

    Get aligned


  9. "ok, but not great"

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    Current Employee - Director in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Director in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some wonderful people, well qualified president

    Cons

    Some colleges poorly run, university talks about being inclusive but treats professional staff like they don't matter.

    Advice to Management

    Treat professional staff with more respect.


  10. "Barista"

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    Current Employee - Barista in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Barista in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon State University part-time

    Pros

    Great employees, kind boss and managers. Environment at work is laid back and relaxed and since it is an on campus job you are able to take a day off for a test or something like that.

    Cons

    Very fast paced work environment, during lunch can be very hectic. This is a minimum wage job with few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Gear questions during interviews to the type of job you are hiring for. What type of cereal or animal I would be tells nothing about how I make sandwiches, coffee or work the register. Yes it proves if you can think on your feet, however this role doesn't require this once you're in the actual job.


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