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Updated September 19, 2017
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  • No benefits, low pay, and poor prospects for advancement (in 7 reviews)

  • High turnover, with no security (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "teaching assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very friendly and vividly

    Cons

    The location is not in big cities


  2. "University of Idaho"

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    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Moscow, ID
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Moscow, ID

    I have been working at University of Idaho part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent campus to work on with excellent faculty and researchers.

    Cons

    lack of career mobility for students.

  3. "Auxiliary Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Idaho part-time

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule for students. Able to work at your own pace. Generally rewarding project work and good teamwork.

    Cons

    Below average hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    Allocate government funds better so employees can grow and stay within this department.


  4. "Assistant Director of Admissions"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Moscow, ID
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Moscow, ID
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    In Idaho, people know the Vandals. It is a very proud and widespread community, and because of that, the network is great.

    Cons

    The admissions office is very divided and the distance between satellite campuses accentuates the poor communication by the leadership. Big decisions that directly impact the day-to-day work are made independently, without any consultation from those on the front lines. As a result, we consistently find ourselves being reactive instead of proactive, so are constantly ill-equipped to do our job as recruiters to the best of our ability.

    Advice to Management

    Make it a point to help build active and frequent communication across the department. If you're going to make time to hear our complaints and have us brainstorm how to make it better moving forward, actually follow through. When people say morale is low, listen.


  5. "Great institution for everyone but employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is good.

    Career opportunities are good because of high turnover.

    Cons

    Having worked in three completely separate departments, my overall opinion is that roles and responsibilities can be ambiguous and onboarding tends to be a period of confusion and frustration. Supervisors often stray from an employee's job description for convenience. Training often relies on outdated materials, is postponed due to lack of time and high workload, or it is virtually nonexistent because a department is unsure of its own role. Essentially a new person usually becomes a backlog specialist.

    I once waited over 30 days after turning in all necessary receipts and paperwork for a $285 reimbursement of travel expenses.

    The squeaky wheels seem to unofficially control the campus. Directors, Deans, and those at the VP/AVP level tend to be selective about whom the policies apply to. Also, several supervisors are not shy about voicing their lack of trust in their own employees.

    I have witnessed several departments blame HR for many personnel decisions the supervisors themselves are actually making. Supervisors know the employees will believe this so they use it as a way to dodge accountability for unpopular decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Please address the perceived lack of appreciation for staff. We as employees understand students are the top priority and are happy to be a part of their transformative educational experiences, but the culture goes so far as to leave employees feeling they are not even constituents.


  6. "Land grant Extension work"

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    Current Employee - Area Extension Educator in Twin Falls, ID
    Current Employee - Area Extension Educator in Twin Falls, ID

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

    Pros

    Freedom to specialize, constantly learning, serving your community, lots of benefit including vacation

    Cons

    Government education does not pay well. You cannot support a family as a single household income.


  7. "Okay, but no one stays..."

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    Former Employee - Painter
    Former Employee - Painter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Idaho full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent co workers and okay supervisors...

    Cons

    High turnover, with no security...

  8. "SLI"

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    Former Employee - Sign Language Interpreter in Moscow, ID
    Former Employee - Sign Language Interpreter in Moscow, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Idaho full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great campus to work in

    Cons

    Long distance to commute from Rathdrum to Moscow...(1000 miles a week)

    Advice to Management

    Work to recruit more deaf students


  9. "Student Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Idaho part-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience during grad school

    Cons

    Inconsistent responsibilities/ pay/ requirements between positions


  10. "researcher"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Moscow, ID
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Moscow, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly, easy to work with people

    Cons

    small/college town, in farm country


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