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The Ohio State University Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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The Ohio State University Interim President Joseph A. Alutto
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be really good for staff (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits, I felt that I was professionally honored for my role (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • The pay is low but at least you're not going into debt for it (in 18 reviews)

  • Work environment is not very good (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Graduate Research Associate (PhD Student Biomedical Sciences)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice core facilities
    Good salary and student benefits for graduate students
    Ample opportunities for fellowships

    Cons

    Midwest winters. Could bring in more high profile researchers

  2. Lab Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great community, very helpful for student. Allows different people from diverse background to fee a sense of community.

    Cons

    none that I can think of right now. I mostly have positive experience as an lab consultant. I think maybe more training for consultants will be a good start.

  3. Happy with my team

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    Current Contractor - Project Lead in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Contractor - Project Lead in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at The Ohio State University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    down to earth, very tech savvy employees and state of the art technology, educational opportunities

    Cons

    feel like pay is less because it is a state entity

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  5. staff RN

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Ohio State University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great work environment in friendly environment

    Cons

    bot enough staff needed for work

  6. It highly depends on the college/department you are working for as to whether your experience will be good or bad.

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Columbus, OH (US)

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Support for conference attendance/presentations, benefits are great, coworkers tend to be supportive as well.

    Cons

    Faculty do not listen to anyone even if someone else knows more. People in leadership positions are often not knowledgeable about effective and positive leadership styles.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and get leadership training.

  7. Very political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, good reputation and football.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, political landmine.

    Advice to Management

    Create a plan to groom new leaders and create a diverse environment that reflects the students and community.

  8. Grant Writer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work
    Environment varies widely based on Department you are in
    Mostly left alone to get your work done

    Cons

    Not everyone was interested in advancing the University, only themselves
    Confusing structure,
    Raises were not based on actual work
    Managers see good employees as a threat, not beneficial

    Advice to Management

    Build a culture that cares more about the overall direction of the university, not individual goals or job security

  9. Post Doctoral Researcher

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Columbus, OH (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge university with a lot of collaboration opportunities.

    Cons

    Lots of politics.

    No Salary Standards what so ever. Most of the time, a fresh undergraduate degree holder earns more than what we earn here with a PhD degree.

    If you are with the "RULING party, i.e., the chair etc.," you will be appointed as a Research Assistant professor with zero experience. But if you are on the wrong side, you may never get promoted beyond research scientist.

    You may see Chairs/professors with 6-7 years of experience with pathetic publications records.

    Advice to Management

    Bring salary standardization.
    Develop a promotion criteria.

  10. Very good university.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Ohio State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good education. Good environment. Great campus.

    Cons

    Some of the professors are bossy. The university should have rule on that to protect graduate student.

  11. Student Transcriber

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, pretty decent work flow of jobs coming in. Pay was lower than industry standards by a good deal, but VERY good for a student position.

    Cons

    Lack of communication with superiors. Pay is not enough for services being done. Difficulty in communicating with supervisors. Work load could fluctuate from 5 hours a week to 25-30 depending on the week.

    Advice to Management

    Establish better team management of incoming projects. Establish deadlines and expected workload.

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