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University of Hawaii at Manoa Reviews

Updated October 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "As a full-time student, it's nice to have a job with a supervisor that allows for a very flexible work schedule" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Very casual atmosphere, flexible hours and a good work/life balance" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unorganized, pay is low, bad management" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Postdoc positions are basically treated as subcontractors, with no benefits, living on a stipend, doing the hard work" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome on-campus student jobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours for students, supervisors are very accommodating to class schedules.

    Cons

    Nothing bad about working here.


  2. "Great location, slow administration"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Hawaii at Manoa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Perfect work-life balance.

    Cons

    Limited resource. Extremely slow administration.

  3. "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to create your own syllabus and curriculum.

    Cons

    Hiring paperwork took months, and my first paycheck did not arrive until months after I had started working.


  4. "ITS Student Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time

    Pros

    The scheduling is very flexible to accommodate your school hours and personal life. I was able to learn many things from different departments and was supported by my managers. This is a great place to work while attending UH as you will pick up skills that transfer to the workforce.

    Cons

    As a student worker you will quickly reach the barrier which separates a student from full-time staff. This means hard work can not be rewarded with promotions past a certain point. Work can be mundane and even scarce during certain periods of the year. No PTO or benefits, so every day you miss you do not get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your workers.


  5. "Clerical Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for an assistant professor. Basically doing general office duties like running errands, xeroxing papers, and other duties. Sometimes when I finish the tasks on time, I was allow to do my homework.

    Cons

    No cons. It was an easy job.


  6. "Postdoc in STEM"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Hawaii at Manoa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting-edge research in my field, fantastic work / life balance, fantastic lab.

    Cons

    Postdocs are not salaried staff but contract workers -- i.e. no health insurance or other benefits; when I had to buy lab equipment on my own credit card due to an emergency, the reimbursements looked like payments and I was taxed on them.

    Advice to Management

    Postdocs should be eligible to be treated as employees for projects longer than 6 months. It drives talented people away when our job status is made so complex.


  7. "Student Employment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours to work around your class schedule.
    Decent starting pay (they keep it slightly above state minimum wage).
    Pay raise every so often (hours worked, annual pay raise).
    Good work/life/school balance.
    Limited to 20 hours/week. This is good because they want you to focus more on school.
    Lot of different job opportunities that can lineup with your career interests and help out your resume.

    Cons

    Limited to 20 hours a week. This is also bad because if you want to work extra hours for more money, you will need to get an "okay" through the system which may take time.
    Stressful. Depending on the job and which department, it may get stressful at times.

  8. "Student Mat Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easygoing relaxed environment, challenging work, helping others.

    Cons

    The employment start date was held back a month without advanced warning. This caused me and other students unplanned financial hardship.


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time

    Pros

    Administration works with students schedule and very flexible with time off which is crucial as a student

    Cons

    Not always work to do, could be slow at times


  10. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa full-time

    Pros

    Vacation and sick time are very, very good.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than corporations.


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