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Sdsu Research Foundation Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Have great benefits and coworkers (in 4 reviews)

  • 20 hours during semester up to 40 hours during school breaks (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Mostly part time job opportunities (in 5 reviews)

  • low prospects for career advancement; physical plant is outdated; office needs more windows; less-than-outstanding pay (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to gain experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Diego, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sdsu Research Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, lots of opportunity to network

    Cons

    Need to pay parking, pay is not as good


  2. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sdsu Research Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Pay is not great for all the responsibilities.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Perfect fit if you are over 50 and just waiting to retire"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Sdsu Research Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good and friendly people
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Good medical and retirement benefits

    Cons

    You won't be promoted until someone retires or dies
    Some departments have bad leaders at the helm, who overwork and abuse their workers, so be careful
    Pay is very low compared to other organizations, even the university itself
    Until this year there was no yearly review, and all raises (if any) were done across the board, which completely killed the motivation (what's the point of working your butt off if you get the same 2% as a woman next cubicle who does literally nothing?)
    The budget is highly dependent on federal funding, so every year you don't know if there will be money for a raise or not
    Management tends to pay attention to superficial stuff like wall painting instead of allocating money for raises or education
    Basically, the Foundation is a perfect place for you if you are 5-8 years away from retirement and just want to sit it out, or if you are a student at SDSU and need some pocket money, If you are in the middle of your career and want career advancement- avoid it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting money on wall painting and start valuing your employees. The color paining or a new coffee machine won't keep the morale up if you don't give well deserved promotions or raises.


  4. "Communications Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sdsu Research Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great life-work balance, good to build your resume

    Cons

    students are overworked, monetary compensation is low


  5. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sdsu Research Foundation part-time

    Pros

    friendly staff, very helpful.

    Cons

    new hire process took a little bit long.


  6. "Research Foundation"

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    I worked at Sdsu Research Foundation part-time

    Pros

    Great alternative to working for free. One of the requirements for funding is to present research which is a wonderful stepping stone for a young scientist.

    Cons

    There is a limit of work/time you can get paid for. Takes some time for direct pay.


  7. "Research Assistant III"

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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sdsu Research Foundation part-time

    Pros

    Upper management is accessible and any issues or questions are quickly and efficiently addressed

    Cons

    No problems or concerns to highlight

  8. "Research Assistant II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sdsu Research Foundation part-time

    Pros

    Depending on the research project:
    Talented PI's
    Flexible hours
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary
    Benefits
    Project continuity
    Highly variable PI work/life balance expectations


  9. "Research Assitant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sdsu Research Foundation part-time

    Pros

    Flexible learn able student friendly work while study

    Cons

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  10. "Working as a RA"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Diego, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sdsu Research Foundation part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, I am a Ph.d student there, and can work up to 20hours per week. Everything is just fine, and foundation stuffs are responsible.

    Cons

    Salary is low compare to other universities. Have to pay healthy insurance by myself.


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