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University of Hawai'i Hawaii Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Nice weather and most people are friendly (in 5 reviews)

  • I worked part time for a department chair (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • This is so low that graduate students qualify for food stamps (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. "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


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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    "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.


  8. "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.


  9. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Varied topics of research,

    Cons

    There needs to be a better balance between working independently and integrated research.


  10. "Good people, low salary"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule, people, good management

    Cons

    not enough encouragement, low salary


  11. "Great boss"

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

    Pros

    I worked part time for a department chair. He was a great boss in that I had a lot of autonomy as long as I delivered. By Hawaii standards the pay was good.

    Cons

    None, I really enjoyed the job. I think your experience at UH depends a lot on who you work with and for.


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