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Portland State University Portland Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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Pros
  • The staff are good people, there is excellent stability, and you can't beat the work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule and convenient location (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay considering many of us have PhD (in 17 reviews)

  • Even though they offer major educational discounts, it is hard to schedule time away from the full-time positions for classes (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "PSU - Capital Projects & Construction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Students can get broad experience and construction design while going to school.
    Not bad pay for freshmen ($12-$13/h) considering it's on campus

    Cons

    Must balance schedule to not interfere with grades
    You have to look for work to do and ask around otherwise you might not get any

    Advice to Management

    Students often times are skilled to do more


  2. "If you love what you do"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with (in my program)
    Flexible schedule
    Always learning something new

    Cons

    Salary is below average and maxed out
    No benefits

  3. "Work Study"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Materials Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Materials Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule to attend classes, Loads of time off

    Cons

    No paid holidays, the School took 70% of what partners paid as "overhead" $16.50 the ceiling

    Advice to Management

    compensate your students or provide them with reduced tuition


  4. "Mechanical Engineering Lab Team (MELT) Technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Lab Team Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Lab Team Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Involved in the teaching process
    - Gained leadership experience
    - Developed useful manufacturing skills

    Cons

    - Extra work accumulated toward the end of the Capstone series, mostly from poor planning from some senior teams

    Advice to Management

    Keep reinvesting in your students and you will see the real value they can offer.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, poor leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant In Fundraising Division in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant In Fundraising Division in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Help needy students, comfortable work environment, fabulous employee benefits (healthcare, 401K, vacation, etc.), convenient to public transportation

    Cons

    Slow to build consensus (initiatives or change takes forever to move forward), poor leadership that enables toxic managers

    Advice to Management

    Fire toxic managers faster - you're losing great people.


  6. "Athletics."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with kids & impact lives.

    Cons

    Facilities, lack of institutional support.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the working conditions


  7. "Grader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grader in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Grader in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fulfillment of helping students with their homeworks, labs and/or projects.

    Cons

    Dealing with students' bad handwriting when they submit their homework.

  8. "It Depends on your Department"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portland State University full-time

    Pros

    Lots of Good Places to Eat
    Easy Going Coworkers
    The Student Facing Work Positions Care About Their Work

    Cons

    Parking
    Big Disconnect Between Management and Unions
    All Decision Making Power is in the Hands of Few

    Advice to Management

    Do 360 Reviews on Directors and Managers


  9. "PSU BOOKSTORE: Good for a college kid but not a career.."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, small community, convenient downtown location.

    Cons

    Poor management. The bookstore is not part of the university and has changed owners about 6+ times in the last 7 years. If you are looking for a career and are not a current student at PSU, I do not recommend wasting your time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your staff and treat them better. Fight for wages. Build a better relationship running the Greenline Market across the plaza (also owned by PSU Bookstore). Offer help sometimes rather than barking orders. Trust me, you aren't THAT busy!


  10. "Work with many smart, creative colleagues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Communications Lead in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Web Communications Lead in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Portland State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    So many folks on staff and faculty are wise, funny, caring and dedicated. Opportunities to collaborate across units are plentiful if you look for them.

    Cons

    It's tempting and easy to focus all of your energies on your own unit. Also, a few units experience a lot of employee turnover, making for inconsistent services and information from those units.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be good mentors. Employees rarely want to do the same things in the same ways day in and day out. Support and guide your creative employees to seek and develop alternatives that are more satisfying. They will like their jobs better and empty positions will be easier to fill.


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