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Portland State University Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible schedule and great learning opportunities" (in 20 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Low pay considering many of us have PhD" (in 20 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. "Amazing place to work IT at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland State University part-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers,
    Lots of free donuts,
    Decent pay,

    Cons

    In the middle of Portland


  2. "Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, professional environment.

    Cons

    Limited impact, things move slow.

  3. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portland State University part-time

    Pros

    Individual departments and groups are always filled with friendly, helpful people. Within a given work environment, there's usually a good community. It's an enjoyable and convenient location.

    Cons

    The institution is too caught up in vague mission statements and initiatives without making functional commitments towards them. Top administrators will pledge a commitment to some view or ideal (diversity, inclusion, whatever) and create a new job title such as "head/chair/president/chief of ." Effectively, it's a pander which creates an additional cost, generates no tangible benefits, and makes creates a more bureaucratic and administratively top-heavy organization.

    The bureaucracy can be quite irritating. Everything from spending your own grant money to creating a new course. The barriers to accomplish simple tasks frustrates many into inaction. The barriers are held up by otherwise well-meaning people.

    I'm not sure how it compares to other universities in this regard. But I imagine that any institution which is more bureaucratic has already crumbled away.


  4. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The management team and professors are super friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The decoration in the lab is old.


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland State University full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good work environment, great students

    Cons

    Terrible university leadership, scarce resources make it hard to collaborate or do anything fun

    Advice to Management

    Focus


  6. "Portland State Adjunct"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Downtown location, interesting and diverse student body.

    Cons

    Very difficult to make a living as an adjunct at Portland State; there is no faculty support for research or career advancement. Treatment is generally very shoddy with high expectations and low pay.


  7. "Good environment to work at"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -very helpful staff
    -learn quickly
    -salaries steps raises are good

    Cons

    -parking passes are so expensive
    -Not a lot of training

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Job Experience Extremely Variable Depending on Dept"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portland State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great community
    Lots of opportunity for professional development

    Cons

    We joked that it was the "wild west" - some departments are well organized and efficient, others are a nightmare to work with.
    Pay scales vary greatly - make sure you negotiate for a high starting rate, as you may not have much leverage to negotiate later down the road.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees better raises and starting wages.
    HR needs a lot of help - its very difficult to find necessary information from their website or even in person. Conflicting information is frequently given out.


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Portland State University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, good communication, good student job

    Cons

    Not many hours available despite asking for more.

    Advice to Management

    None!


  10. "Calibrations and Testing Business Center up to 2013"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    working in an R&D organization opened opportunities to learn and collaborate with professionals from diverse fields.

    Cons

    testing and calibration was not in the main stream operations of many companies back then in Botswana but there were opportunities for market growth.

    Advice to Management

    I am nearing completion of PhD in Technology Management at Portland State University. It is an asset to have some people with System View of the organization to help the organization to adapt to effects of new technologies .


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