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Oregon State University Reviews

Updated July 20, 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. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    learn a lot. holidays off.

    Cons

    there is not AC during the summer


  2. "Amazing place to work at with amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and positive people. OSU worries and helps you with professional development

    Cons

    Salaries are a bit lower than the national average

  3. "Great place to start your career!"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Technical in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Technical in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your family and education come first.

    Cons

    Everything moves relatively slow and jobs are slow to get done.


  4. "Professor"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Professor in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great faculty, staff, and students!

    Cons

    Open-ended job leads to poor work-life balance


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching Assistant is a great job for a full time student"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Fair pay for undergraduate work, very flexible with hours and worked around my classes.

    Cons

    I worked awhile with a professor who was pretty disorganized. This causes a lot of stress among students which in turn is directed at the TAs. Since he was replaced however the job has gone much better.


  6. "Nice and Friendly Campus"

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

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

    Pros

    It's a very beautiful campus.
    There are great services that you can use them while you are a student such as gym, student health center, legal services, career services, and a great library

    Cons

    There are not many funding projects in all departments.
    It's a quarter base education system. You have to work on your heavy course assignments every day during each quarter which makes it too difficult to work while you are a student.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "OSU as an Employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent wages, great location. OSU is forward moving university that promotes equality and acceptance. Many wonderful employees work here that are great people to know and work with.

    Cons

    OSU functions as a business more than university, making it difficult for programs to develop fully and has resulted in the diminishing of many important programs including agriculture, and anthropology.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on making money and the football program and focus more on creating programs that utilize all the resources at hand to give students enriching hands on experience that will truly prepare them for the real world. OSU has countless resources at its disposal that could be used to enrich teaching, such as the research farms, that should be pushed to produce more practical research that is actually useful to commercial users. Additionally many programs are becoming more theoretical than practical because of cut budgets that are causing them to die, resulting in loss of student enrollment and commercial sponsorship.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to start a career in the energy management field, it offers great learning opportunities to apply school theory and transfer that knowledge into the industry, as well as opportunities to develop management skills.

    Cons

    Personnel rotation is high given it employs OSU students (and they graduate)


  10. "Soils Graduate Program"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Highly Involved Advisor
    Flexible hours
    Interesting research opportunities
    Access to national lab equipment and other state of the art scientific equipment
    Experience/interactions with colleges
    Great health care
    Funding/living stipends

    Cons

    Full time work, half time pay
    Not a quick program


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