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The Ohio State University Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
393 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, I felt that I was professionally honored for my role (in 25 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be really good for staff (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay for the amount of work that is required for research (in 17 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement in this particular field (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Loved the great benefits and work for a good purpose.

    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time

    Pros

    OSU offers great benefits to its employees--even GTAs get great healthcare benefits and paid maternity leave. The teaching load is light relative to other institutions.

    Cons

    Some administrators care more than others about doing their job well, and this impacts students, faculty, and co-administrators alike. While the pay is adequate, GTAs make less than at similar institutions nationwide. Class sizes are also large.

  2.  

    Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Columbus, OH (US)

    I worked at The Ohio State University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The job, with the Department of Agricultural Economics (name has probably changed now), definitely made time for my studies and made them the focus of my tenure there. My project was very flexible on when I needed to put in my time, so I was able to to a good job with my studies as well as my assigned projects.

    Cons

    The pay was low for this position, but it was what I expected, so there were no surprises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you! I think all of the professors in the Agricultural Economics department are great people to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    WORK Environment: Interesting and personally fulfilling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Employee in Columbus, OH (US)

    I worked at The Ohio State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life Balance is very great. It is possible to have a life outside of work.

    Extremely Rewarding and personally fulfilling (non-financially).

    Employees are passionate about what they do for the community and students.

    Amount of workload and expectations greatly depends on the nature and type of position.

    'Middle' managers and those who work directly with students are extremely passionate about what they do- most do the things they do for the students and not necessarily for personal financial gain. They don't get paid much but put up with allot of stress.

    Cons

    Upper management is completely out of touch with the lower level employees and students' needs.

    Nepotism and cronyism is rampant. It is EXTREMELY hard getting raises, promotions, and full-time employment unless you personally know the hiring managers or are recommended for a position from someone who personally knows the hiring managers.

    Pay rate and benefits are on the low range for most positions except for high level management and tenure track professorships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your students and what they really and truly need; not what you think is best for them or for the financial bottom line. Do not consider the thoughts and opinions of a relatively small number of students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and staff members as gospel and representative of the whole community.

    Consider the TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE and not just profits. Being blinded by and pursuing the financial bottom line above all else are ruining the lives of those in the community; most importantly the students and the people of Ohio that you ultimately serve by working at Ohio State. You run a NOT FOR PROFIT entity ultimately BEHOLDEN to the PEOPLE of OHIO and therefore must pursue a TRIPLE Bottom Line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive experience with numerous opportunities to expand my technical skill set.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Numerous research projects with varied application and opportunity to be part of interesting projects. Access to numerous resources for research and the environment helps one learn many new skills. Great experience working with everyone.

    Cons

    Not any significant cons with respect to my experience

    Recommends
  6.  

    Fair and stable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Coordinator in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Academic Coordinator in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at The Ohio State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great benefits, secure employment

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, lower salaries, lower levels of challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits for graduate school, Salary at higher end of grad school range.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Associate in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Associate in Columbus, OH (US)

    I worked at The Ohio State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The health benefits for grad students are great, better than those for their employees in my opinion. There are also a lot of career support mechanisms in place for students. The campus is beautiful. There affordable is family housing which is great. I also like the diverse international community on campus.

    Cons

    There is no official vacation time for graduate students and post-docs, this is left to the discretion of your advisor/boss. Therefore time-off is irregular and differs from student to student, which I believe is not fair. There is also no set salary and salary increase mechanism for post-docs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give graduate students and post-docs allocated time-off independent of their advisors and you will have happier, more productive graduate students and post-docs. Also, post-docs need a mechanism for set salary increases each year, or else they are prone to being underpaid by their employers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, Great Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grader in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Grader in Columbus, OH (US)

    I worked at The Ohio State University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, flexible schedules. They let you work around your school schedule, and are very flexible on the hours.

    Cons

    The for my position was fixed, and non-negotiable. There were no opportunities for raises.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Graduate Research Assistant in Physics Dept.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities and they pay for your tuition, what more can you ask for. Also has great health insurance.

    Cons

    Long hours and pretty low pay, but again, they pay for your tuition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Successfully developed soft skills for use in the future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing location and opportunities are plentiful. Plenty of opportunities for student involvement and participation in leadership.

    Cons

    Undergraduate students working for the University are deemed to not have any valuable input for leadership. It is very difficult to get support for new ideas without the backing of many higher-ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give undergrads more freedom for ideas. They can help improve University Housing if you give them the opportunity for real input.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time

    Pros

    There is endless opportunity here. Any club you can think of it's here.

    Cons

    Some classes they make ridiculously too hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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