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University of Hawai'i Hawaii Reviews

Updated October 7, 2017
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  • them culture between the professors and graduate students (in 3 reviews)

  • Very poor compensation in comparison to peer institutions and given extremely high cost of living (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "If you like an island lifestyle, you'll like it here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Hawai'i full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location is great, beautiful campus
    Good place to "work hard and play hard"
    Benefits are decent
    Tuition exemption available for faculty
    Generally people here are friendly

    Cons

    Things move slowly here
     departmental politics is a bummer
    People just don't like changes, but sort of engrained in the island's culture though
    Hard to purchase supplies and equipments from other states and shipping takes a lot longer and more costly
    Difficult to maintain collaboration with other scholars


  2. "Support Staff"

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    Current Employee - Support in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Support in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Hawai'i full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, environment, continuing education opportunities .

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, administration, compensation, parking difficulties

    Advice to Management

    Better administrative organization

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Institutional Support Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Institutional Support Specialist in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Institutional Support Specialist in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Hawai'i full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous vacation and sick leave. Decent health benefits.

    Cons

    Majority of positions are tied to a union. Inequities among salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the University like a business, and run it that way.


  4. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Hawai'i full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    low stress, state benefits, beautiful campus

    Cons

    slower pace, bureaucracy, set raises


  5. Helpful (1)

    "GA position"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Hawai'i full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The weather is nice and the ocean is always there to support you.

    Cons

    Everything else. Don't let full funding fool you. Find a school that's closer to home.

    Advice to Management

    Give graduates the right to collectively bargain.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Hawai'i full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Higher tolerance than private companies

    Cons

    Lower salary, higher living expenses


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Review of University of Hawaii"

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    Former Employee - Computer Specialist III in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Computer Specialist III in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My position was secured as "long-term, soft money", which meant I had a job as long as the research grants were funded. There was a lot of autonomy in choosing which best practice to follow and how to implement it.

    Cons

    Web development within the departments are not coordinated by the University's IT department. Many benefits would have been seen had they been.

    Advice to Management

    Bring department web development under IT, or at least be coordinated with them to pool resources and reduce duplicate effort.

  8. "Instructor"

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    Former Contractor - Instructor, College Or University in Honolulu, HI
    Former Contractor - Instructor, College Or University in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Hawai'i as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy access to gaining teaching experience.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, no direct deposit for non Hawaiian banks, astronomical cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century.


  9. "Grad student review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kaneohe, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kaneohe, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Hawai'i part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great campus, diverse students to teach to, interesting learning environment

    Cons

    Departments lack communication, and competition between departments at same university is common here - rather than a cooperative team. Salary is different for grad students in different schools, and varies greatly. None are competitive or allow for the cost of living or even paying the rent in Hawaii.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay grad students a livable wage. Some students have taken to living in their cars to survive because housing costs are so high and grad student salaries are so low.


  10. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at University of Hawai'i full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Located in a diverse and lively environment.

    Cons

    Remuneration for graduate assistants was not particularly exciting given the costs of living in Honolulu.


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