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Utah State University Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • If is offering good a good place to live in it it's in the weather where you can do activities if you like (in 11 reviews)

  • Taken the cost of living into consideration, it's not the best (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Fairly low pay for the work being done (in 18 reviews)

  • No option to work full time if you are student (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to go to school."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Logan, UT
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Logan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Utah State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance.
    Scenic campus.
    Low cost of living.

    Cons

    Limited option in coursework.
    Sometimes it gets a too slow paced life.


  2. "Math/Stat Grad Student Instructor. Trending down."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Logan, UT
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Logan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Utah State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The classroom experience is usually quality. Most teachers are quite competent at what they do. Graduate admin assistant is top-notch. One of the best admin personnel I have ever seen.

    Office space is at least okay. It's workable.

    People there are nice enough.

    Cons

    Pay is not good. If you are a master's student, you will be paid pennies. Even the PhD students are not well paid usually. They accept WAY more students than they can pay for. The office spaces are bursting at the seams and the money bags are empty, yet they continue to bring in new students.

    Department leadership is scattered and not fiscally wise. Department was plunged into the red the last few years. Not at all clear what they actually DO. (i.e. what even is their job?) As a grad student you are at least pretty close to the center of the department. You know what is going on to a certain degree. And it just seems like a lot of glad handing and fiscal mismanagement is happening.

    The department pretty much has three types of professors: Old White People, Young Chinese People, and that one guy with 6 kids. Those are the clusters. USU does not seem to be a destination for people who are US citizens. Even their Chinese professors are looking to dump off to another university or company.

    Half the department is on sabbatical. Trying to push through a thesis proposal is a nightmare due to all of the professors who are on sabbatical.

    The students at the university in general are ~~meh~~. Some of them are intelligent. But there are not a lot of students with the heart of a champion or who are motivated to greatness. There is no tradition of excellence. USU has some distinguished alumni and some big donors, but many of the buildings are broken down and old. It reminds me of a coal town built in 1950. All money seems to be siphoned into the business school.

    Advice to Management

    Stop accepting more grad students than you can pay for.

  3. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Utah State University part-time

    Pros

    The management is very good and fast

    Cons

    The pay for Masters students is relatively low.


  4. "All the problems of a real university yet none of the investment"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Instructor in Logan, UT
    Former Employee - Graduate Instructor in Logan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Utah State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small school, nice scenery, no crime

    Cons

    Small school, horrible winters/pollution, monolithic culture


  5. "god"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Utah State University part-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    No one can predict when they are out of budget and have to relieve some of the employees


  6. "On par with grad school job anywhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Utah State University full-time

    Pros

    On par with grad school job anywhere

    Cons

    Not very inclusive or flexible


  7. "Graduate Student Researcher - Structural Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Logan, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Logan, UT
    Recommends

    I have been working at Utah State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible scheduling
    -Opportunity to learn in depth concepts in field of study
    -Assistance with graduate tuition available
    -Able to work closely with professors and conduct experiments beyond coursework

    Cons

    -Amount of self teaching is somewhat dependent on the professor, but lots of background knowledge needs to be learned in order to succeed
    -Not all positions come with a stipend, but fortunately mine did
    -Position is primarily limited to the time you are working on your degree

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it can be difficult to contact your professor, especially during the summer. But that responsibility is on both the professors and the student/employee.

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Utah State University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible time, easy work, nice location.

    Cons

    Low pay, can be challenging.


  9. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Utah State University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, friendly staff assistants

    Cons

    poor benefits and management doesn't care

    Advice to Management

    Care more for your grad students


  10. "A nice environment to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Logan, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Logan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Utah State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very helpful colleagues, hassle free environment

    Cons

    Salary could and should be higher


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