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Updated September 20, 2017
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  • Low Pay, Minimal Skills Acquired (in 13 reviews)

  • Also, student workers get paid minimum wage until after one year where they qualify for a 3 percent raise (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Lovely people, yet disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with
    Hours are great for student -- they work around your classes, tests and any conflicts you may encounter
    Student work is engaging, skill based and interesting. They actually treat you like a person with ideas rather than a mindless task doer.

    Cons

    They are so disorganized in their administrative structure. There are too many people doing one job and not enough doing another.
    No one truly knows who to report to or who needs to sign off on a project.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized! Actually streamline job roles instead of claiming to while adding a few more pointless people.


  2. "Good work environment"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Eugene, OR
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Oregon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment in general, good tolerance of diversity for the most part.

    Cons

    Sometimes you might get stuck trying to solve an issue, but this happens everywhere.

  3. "Graduate student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Eugene, OR

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, creative freedom, good benefits

    Cons

    Long work hours, low pay


  4. "Physical therapy"

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    Current Employee - Physical Therapist in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Physical Therapist in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Oregon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Dedicated staff.

    Cons

    Heavy management burocracy. Change is slow.


  5. "Used to be a great place to work, not so much anymore"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Oregon (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, colleagues can be fantastic, flexible work schedule, fulfills a mission that is important to many. It can be fun to work for a university with such a recognized brand--everywhere I go people love the Ducks.

    Cons

    UO was poorly managed for a very long time and now those chickens have come home to roost. For decades department heads and unit leaders were allowed to do whatever they wanted to do with little or no accountability to anyone but grant funders. Lack of coordination of resources led to rampant duplication of services, which meant spending money when it wasn't necessary and not being good stewards of public funds. And then there is the dwindling of state support: This school is so poorly funded that programs are constantly on the chopping block. Athletics is well funded but academics not--this is backwards. The current president (2017) is making a lot of changes and I don't envy the job in front of him, but these changes are gutting the soul of the university and pulling back from its public mission. The president is fixated on AAU metrics with no clear reason why--there's nothing wrong with most of those metrics, but focusing on generating PhDs regardless of demand within the individual discipline is, in the current market, unethical.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people on the ground when it comes time to cut a program or personnel.


  6. "Student Teacher at Vivian Olum Child Development Center"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Eugene, OR

    I worked at University of Oregon part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The management prioritizes students' class schedules.

    Cons

    When you know that you are going to miss a shift, you are responsible for finding someone that will cover your shift.


  7. "Poorly run, no oversight really"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you like Oregon...that's a plus.

    Cons

    Payment was regularly late or incorrect. I should've had health insurance, but apparently they neglected to file it for 6 months straight.

  8. "Most of the good things I have the graduate student union to thank for"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Employee in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Employee in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing healthcare, good community with other GEs, better pay than some graduate programs

    Cons

    Overly business-minded president who prefers to punish struggling departments rather than help them, employee rights are a constant struggle, tuition is increasing, not inclusive enough to minorities (while touting inclusivity), admin culture is too corporate to make any progressive changes right now.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess long term goals- help your students and underpaid employees rather than making them shoulder the burden of your greed.
    (Also leadership needs to be updated on Glassdoor- Scott Coltrane is retired)


  9. "Graudate Employee"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a graduate student, the University offers incredible benefits, a living wage, and a great working environment.

    Cons

    These benefits are often constant across departments; however, the working environment can be different depending on your graduate supervisor.


  10. "Student worker"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great job to have while being a full time student

    Cons

    A "harder" student job than others offered on campus.


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