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University of Hawaii at Manoa Reviews

Updated Sep 19, 2019

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3.9
82%
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University of Hawaii at Manoa CEO David Lassner
David Lassner
18 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible hours for students, supervisors are very accommodating to class schedules(in 8 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours to work around your class schedule(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay, lack of support for professional development(in 10 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. "Good experience for students"

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    Former Employee - Network Technician 
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, accommodates for classes. ITC building is new, secure and clean. Work can be challenging but fulfilling. Student work continues during breaks can be increased to full time at those times. Overall, very satisfied.

    Cons

    Hours start early (7:00) and paid parking, street parking is available but the walk can be long. Pay is low for students to keep operating costs down but 20 hrs a week will suffice to pay for part time tuition with proper budgeting.

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-08-22
  2. "Great Environment"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great learning environment, nice staff, opportunities to join labs

    Cons

    Didn't get much help with career planning even when asked for advice. Relatively unorganized

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-08-19
  3. "RA in Meteorology Department"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Reasonable health and dental plan.

    Cons

    Low pay. Pay scaled largely determined at the discretion of Researcher.

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-08-15
  4. "No complaints - was only in the job for 2 years between careers"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist 

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to work with everyone across departments

    Cons

    Career advancement may take a little while.

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-07-29
  5. "Working with the NICE(New Intensive Courses in English) program"

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    Former Employee - Interchanger in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Build up teaching experience with foreign students, meet people from various countries, find out what motivates students to learn English

    Cons

    the hours vary with this program, and it is only offered to students

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-06-25
  6. "From Student to Employee"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They cared about the students.

    Cons

    I don't think I had room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Help the employees grow in their field.

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-06-24
  7. "Job classification crossover; APT as all other same positions are Faculty-Specialist & paid more for same work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Hawaii at Manoa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Positive environment, not that much micro-management, co-workers generally want to help you with your initiatives and many will drop what they are currently doing to help you.

    Cons

    "Same old way, same old way... If it was done like this last year, there is no need to improve it, as it worked" No incentive to innovate so many bad eggs do not update their way of work, documents, and internal processes.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage innovation and heavily focus on the campus dilapidated buildings and facilities. Many buildings in disrepair, no new initiatives until the facilities are updated and can handle the innovation needed to compete and educate

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-05-23
  8. "Great supervisors"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher 

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

    Pros

    Excellent faculty and colleagues. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Some drama in some departments; finger pointing and blaming. Many--not all-underestimate the intelligence of local students and scholars if they do not have a degree from a brand name university.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people from Hawaii and more people of color. There are many intelligent, qualified people of color and people from Hawaii who could teach here, who have earned their Ph.D.s elsewhere. What message does it send to islander students when all their professors are from abroad?

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-05-05
  9. "Pay issues and lack of training"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Hawaii at Manoa part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great area to live in

    Cons

    Frequent pay issues that may take months to fix. Poor treatment of grad students and terrible pay, especially when living expenses are so high.

    Advice to Management

    Take payroll issues seriously.

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-05-13
  10. "Good School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at University of Hawaii at Manoa full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flex time, great environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    limited parking, noisy street, smoking

    University of Hawaii at Manoa2019-04-18
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