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TEES Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Web Designer in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Web Designer in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TEES (More than a year)

    Pros

    Had own office, very friendly, not stressful

    Cons

    Changed project directions near the last minute, hard to get things approved

    Advice to Management

    Trust your designers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent job with mediocre pay"

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    Former Employee - Business Coordinator II in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Business Coordinator II in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at TEES full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you grow tired of your current department, you can switch to another and be working with all new people.

    You get a lot of time off for the holidays.

    The health and retirement benefits are good.

    Cons

    They do not want to hire additional staff which makes it harder on everyone.

    The compensation is not very good.

    The staff is seen as second class citizens and the faculty is the top priority (even over the students).

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation amounts and show staff that they are valued.

  3. "Majority of staff are dedicated and competent; huge disparity of power between faculty and staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Faculty are all super-intelligent. Most staff are dedicated and hard-working with good interpersonal skills. Excellent benefits. Good IT and up-to-date computers and peripherals. Usually work expectations are clearly defined. Offices are furnished with modern furniture.

    Cons

    As in most organizations, the compliant, competent employee gets loaded down with most of the work. Demonstrate competence and acquiescence and expect to work 10 to 12 hours per day on a regular basis, along with some weekends—without compensation. Enormous, unbridgeable disparity of power between faculty and staff. I have known of many cases, and have personally witnessed or been victim to instances, of faculty berating and verbally abusing staff for minor mistakes or even for imaginary infractions. A very well hidden grievance process exists (unknown even to long-time employees), so most staff just "take it." A report to the third-party ethics contractor about a faculty member stealing university property (accompanied by 8 months of documentation) was dismissed with the citation of a nonapplicable university rule.

    Advice to Management

    Quick and effective action against abuse of power. Committees and ad hoc working groups accomplish nothing. Enact an ethics policy with some positive power.


  4. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant/Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant/Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Station, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TEES (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a good experience and the times were flexible to our schedule

    Cons

    Did not find any cons. Have not worked as a full time employee.

    Advice to Management

    Can not judge on that basis because of the level of involvement


  5. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Station, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great pay for the city

    Cons

    Teams depends on which department you are from


  6. "Decent Place as Starting Research Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineering Associate I in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Research Engineering Associate I in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TEES full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A&M and College Station are fun communities to work within. Decent management of resources, acquisition practices, etc.

    Cons

    As in most universities, research progress can be throttled by bureaucracy.


  7. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TEES (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employment at TEES was meant to improve skills as a researcher for engineering and science. TEES affords many opportunities for skills growth. The experience is real and valuable and can translate to real-world applications easily.

    Cons

    There aren't many. Salary is limited, naturally and it can best be described as "getting paid for 20 hours but actually working 40".

  8. "You only get through it if you really want it"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Station, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TEES part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. You get to meet interesting and passionate people. A lot of the professors in Texas A&M University are really good scientists and mentors.

    Cons

    Compensation is really low, benefits are bad and there no vacation time.

    As a graduate student you have no work/life balance; if you are doing a PhD, this is a very serious issue. You can only survive if you have an iron stomach or you are really dedicated. Expect some health issues due to stress.

    Advice to Management

    Give some raises, better benefits and force professors to have their students take some time off.


  9. "Graduate Assistant Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at TEES part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The great thing about working for TEES is broad engineering capabilities from aerospace to nuclear. They even have their own nuclear reactor!

    Cons

    Bureaucratic administrators that are more concerned about checking off boxes and following orders than building a better company.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to cut costs, cut the useless middle and upper management jobs.


  10. "Student worker, field experience, monthly presentations"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Student Worker in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TEES part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively easy work. A lot of opportunities to talk to professionals in your field and build relationships early.

    Cons

    Not very strict. Self-driven, meaning that if you don't ask for more work, you won't be given more work. It's easy to find work by stopping by people's offices to see if they have anything for you to do, but on the other hand, if you don't want to work that day, no one will check up on you.

    Advice to Management

    Plan work schedules.


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