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Portland State University Reviews

Updated November 26, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible schedule and great learning opportunities" (in 21 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)

  • "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. "Portland State University (student worker)"

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

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers and management can be lifesaving
    Free food and access to career and academic networking makes work a lot more fun
    There is always something to do, and helping prospective students and their families figure out if this is the right fit for themselves or their loved ones is very special

    Cons

    Prospective Students and their families often snap, leaving you feeling like an emotionally abused mop
    It really depends on whose managing your department, some are very well oiled machines and others less so

    Advice to Management

    Students get burned out pretty easily, try to remember that nearly everyone who works at PSU is taking classes or attempting to educate themselves in some way--and in this country that's pretty exhausting.

  3. "Lab Attendant"

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed work environment. Great for being able to study/do homework while making money

    Cons

    It's a minimum wage job with little room for upward mobility, but it's not really meant to be more than that.


  4. "Professional Sound"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, amazing environment, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, low funding for the organization.


  5. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland State University part-time

    Pros

    I make my own hours

    Cons

    My busy weeks for school are the busy weeks at work as well


  6. "Workload"

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

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

    Pros

    Passionate people about education and service- 75% discount on tuition for self and children

    Cons

    Workload is the killer- Large volumes and staffing kept at barebones, one person out for any extended period the whole machine breaks down.


  7. "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.

  8. "Doctoral Student - Bad pay, worse support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland State University part-time

    Pros

    I'm getting a phd out of the deal

    Cons

    With increasing cost of living in Portland, stipend is not even close to a livable wage.

    Advice to Management

    Protect and pay graduate employees the way you do other employees. They make your university function


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. "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.