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Portland State University Reviews

Updated February 12, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexible schedule and great learning opportunities" (in 22 reviews)

  • "The staff are good people, there is excellent stability, and you can't beat the work-life balance" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "lack of benefits, high workload for low pay" (in 21 reviews)

  • "There's no review of upper management, so there are plenty of people in management roles who have long passed their productive years" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good workplace, amazing benefits, but little upward mobility"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community, important work, committed teams, and collaborative environment

    Cons

    Low salaries, low upward mobility


  2. "Low hierarchy workplace"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low hierarchies, nice colleagues, beautiful surrounding, very young and friendly workplace

    Cons

    Not very supportive of research, could promote efforts to grow more

  3. "Was able to exercise business skills"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, culture supportive of student workers.

    Cons

    No direct career path for business majors.


  4. "Overall Good"

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Its a great place to work as a student, very flexible and easy going. Not sure how each department works though.

    Cons

    Hmm theres not many cons, can’t really complain.


  5. "Great Environment"

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All staff and employees help you focus on school and scheduling is flexible depends on your class schedule. Schedules change every term because of student class schedule change.

    Cons

    Does not pay much but it's a great experience


  6. "Graduate Teaching assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland State University part-time

    Pros

    Added knowledge and experience to your job profile

    Cons

    No particular cons, but you need to manage study


  7. "A great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated professors who are accessible and geared toward students success.

    Cons

    As with any state bureaucracy paperwork and changes move slowly.

  8. "Marketing Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portland State University part-time

    Pros

    A flexible work schedule for a student

    Cons

    Minimum wage for a student and no growth opportunities.


  9. "Great Entry Level Position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work culture is amazing.

    Cons

    The university is a bit resistant to change.


  10. "Not as Equity-Focused as they'd like you to believe."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    PSU has a high tolerance for hostile workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to complaints from employees.