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Portland State University Reviews

Updated June 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "The staff are good people, there is excellent stability, and you can't beat the work-life balance" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Flexible schedule and convenient location" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay considering many of us have PhD" (in 19 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. Helpful (1)

    "AMP up in OIT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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

    Huge focus on employee experience within the Office of Information Technology (OIT). Management centers on autonomy, mastery, and purpose for everyone in OIT. Employees not only have clear goals within their area of ownership, but also can work on any project of their choosing on regularly scheduled AMP days. Department , team , and individual training are scheduled every year; all university classes are available at a huge discount; continuous development is encouraged. The purpose of the University is clear, and OIT is the foundation of the computing for that purpose.

    Cons

    As with any University and small business, there are only a few steps up available for an IT employee.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear technical growth path that encourages IT expertise beyond the boundaries of the department.


  2. "Great place to start your work life."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great managers who can be very supportive and flexible. SEIU members who are very active and make time for you. HR was always helpful and encouraging. Benefits were great, top notch. If you can, get lateral jobs within the system.

    Cons

    Too much turnover in my dept but can’t blame people for moving on to greener pastures. Students are the lifeblood if this institution so naturally many employees move on after graduation.

    Advice to Management

    Stay motivated. You’re all so competent but sometimes complacent with the status quo.

  3. "Research Intern Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mentorship and ability to grow both independently and in teams

    Cons

    University bureaucracy makes research difficult


  4. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portland State University full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with talented people

    Cons

    I don't think there is any cons.


  5. "Executive Assistant"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Great health insurance
    Professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Inadequate pay
    Low expectations for employees


  6. "Working in the CAT"

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    Current Employee - IT Help Desk Technician in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Help Desk Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work with like-minded tech enthusiasts and develop skills in system administration.

    Cons

    Have to deal with angry customers sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. This is a great place to work.


  7. "Revenue Agent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health insurance options and coverage
    Retirement plans
    Union representation
    Office environment
    Opportunities for advancement
    Tuition and Fees Discount
    Mostly Monday-Friday and set hours

    Cons

    salary scale is less than ideal

  8. "Receive and process all money flowing into the university from students, departments, and vendors."

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Cashier in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed and diverse environment. Great benefits including cheap tuition costs.

    Cons

    Low wages, lots of downtime.

    Advice to Management

    Greater accessibility and communication would be helpful.


  9. "Career Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portland State University full-time

    Pros

    Always exciting to be around student
    Good benefits
    A lot of recent investment in improving facilities on campus

    Cons

    Poor relationship between management and employees
    Low pay


  10. "Lead End User Suppport"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland State University part-time

    Pros

    Urban Area, Nice place to work, Really good and energetic people

    Cons

    Wage is a little bit lower if you are working as undergraduate.


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