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Washington State University Pullman Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment with people of all kinds (in 24 reviews)

  • excellent pay in an city with a very low cost of living (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • in small town far from large cities (in 21 reviews)

  • You would have some disadvantages find internships elsewhere as Pullman is in the middle of nowhere (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Southside"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dining Hall Employee in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Dining Hall Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, friendly staff, easy shift set-up

    Cons

    Few interesting schedule availabilities, hard to find extra shifts at times

    Advice to Management

    Have a better method that employees can voice complaints and suggestions. Overall better organizing of processes.


  2. "Interesting and enjoyable student job"

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    Former Employee - Technician Assistant I in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Technician Assistant I in Pullman, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Washington State University part-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers. I learned a lot about agriculture and plant biology from my boss during my student job here.

    Cons

    Quite a few of the other students (including grad students) were poor employees, who didn't respect guidelines and created a lot of extra work for my group, but their project supervisors did not rein them in.

  3. "So Far so good"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Pullman, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    Vacation and sick leave are generous
    Staff is friendly
    Lots of free training
    Paid Holidays

    Cons

    Faculty can be horrible to deal with
    Salary is minimal


  4. "I liked working as a graduate assistant at WSU"

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    Former Employee - ADCAPS Graduate Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - ADCAPS Graduate Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a very collaborative environment. As a graduate student, I felt that I had a voice when sharing ideas with my supervisor. I also felt supported while working in this position.

    Cons

    The workload at times was stressful. However, as the year went on it became easier to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    I think they overall provided well for their graduate assistants.


  5. "Friendly university"

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    Current Employee - Ph D Candidate in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Ph D Candidate in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly teaching and learning environment. Quiet and safe place for research.

    Cons

    Too small to have the opportunity to communicate with big companies.


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington State University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A friendly environment and caring, interested in the success of students.

    Cons

    Lack of communication. Communication helps give proper direction.

    Advice to Management

    More communication with students will be helpful


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people, financial woes"

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    Current Employee - Facilities in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Facilities in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, very pleasant environment. Super benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership at upper management level spent too many years in a bureaucracy. They need new blood from the private sector. Typical Higher Education environment, inflated egos and inability to budget their resources. Major financial problems across the entire WSU system.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to run this place like a business and maybe things will turn around.

  8. "Graduate Teaching Assistant at Washington State University"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teaching the undergrad courses is an excellent way to brush up on the simpler concepts while you are taking graduate courses.

    Cons

    Limited and overpriced parking, somewhat mitigated by excellent bus service if residence is near the bus routes; reduced service in summer can be problematic.


  9. "An interesting experience, but would not want to call this place home"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Four seasons, changing scenery, hills and farmland surrounding the city. The Snake River is somewhat nearby, and occasionally out of town one can see some wildlife (primarily red-tailed hawks and coyotes).
    -Helpful and friendly coworkers and supervisors.
    -Moscow, ID is close by for more shopping opportunities.
    -Excellent fitness center, very walkable campus.
    -Decent public bus system, especially the Express routes which come every 5-7 minutes during main operating hours.
    -Main highways are smooth and well-maintained.
    -Cheap, high-quality apartments.
    -Sunshine and clear days, beautiful sunsets.

    Cons

    -Geographically isolated, major urban centers are far away (Seattle, Boise at 5-6 hr, Spokane 90 min, Lewiston/Clarkston 45-50 min).
    -Most businesses (especially restaurants) in Pullman close by 9pm.
    -Flights are few (3x/daily) and expensive, and security is more onerous than other airports. In the winter flights can be frequently cancelled as the airport does not have its own tower.
    -Roads off of the main streets are generally in worse shape, and the city puts down gravel in the winter.
    -Can be windy, not much in the way of trees or other windbreaks.


  10. "Dining Hall"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They work around your class schedule, you get meals if you work 4+ hours a day, and most of the staff is really great.

    Cons

    They will fire you instantly if you irritate them off. Make sure to stay on all management's good side


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