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The Ohio State University Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
415 Reviews
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The Ohio State University Interim President Joseph A. Alutto
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Review Highlights

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

  • Work-life balance can be really good for staff (in 12 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.  

    Good environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Ohio State University part-time

    Pros

    Everyone is happy for the most part, good pay, even better benefits.

    Cons

    Room for growth IF you work your tail off. Just get a job, work as hard as you can and keep applying to new openings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive experience

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

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

    Pros

    Positive experience for graduate researchers.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, job security (i.e. your job depends on your supervisor's grant money).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Summer Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Research Assistant and Instructor
    Former Employee - Research Assistant and Instructor

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

    Pros

    Not a ton of pressure.
    People are friendly.
    Intellectual Environment
    Easy to find housing near campus, especially in the summer, allowing you to walk to work.
    Plenty of bars, movie theaters, parks in walking distance.
    Casual dress code.

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to internships in industry.
    Can be difficult to get supervisor's attention when getting started a research position...not every adviser has a plan for your development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure when you have summer research assistants that you are very clear on what the project is trying to accomplish and how the student is supposed to get up to speed.

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  5.  

    Great plCe to work.

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

    I have been working at The Ohio State University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and interesting work.

    Cons

    All the politics of a state job..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Solid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Columbus, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Professional staff, access to many resources, very good benefits, discounts for employees; overall, it's by far not the worst university you could work for!

    Cons

    Due to outsourcing, it can be challenging to deal with the multiple departments that handle important daily aspects, such as parking, for instance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to receive graduate training.

    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Columbus, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    The department provides excellent training and support for teaching assistants, which transfers to the academic job market. Good faculty mentors, but you must seek them out.

    Cons

    Relatively heavy teaching loads which cut into research/writing time a bit more than I'd like. However, the load is not unreasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Graduate associate should have more say in their pay/benefit negotiations.

  8.  

    Academic Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very flexible scheduling
    Lots of opportunities for professional development and training
    Great work-life balance
    OSU community culture is great!

    Cons

    Lower pay
    No clear strategies or next steps laid out for career advancement
    Difficult to receive bonuses/raises
    Parking is expensive!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Student at The ohio state university

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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 campus, good course. Specializes in various research fields

    Cons

    The weather here is very cold

  10.  

    Great atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Developer/Engineer in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Developer/Engineer in Columbus, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    The life working on campus is invigorating. You feel a part of something bigger than yourself. You have plenty of opportunities to get involved in a huge variety of organizations or activities.

    Cons

    The are times when the bureaucracy of working for the government gets old. Seeing how money is wasted can make you lose satisfaction in what you are going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to get involved. Campus offers a unique lifestyle unlike any other place. Identify talented employees and find opportunities for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best places to do electromagnetics, antennas, RF research

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

    Pros

    ElectroScience Laboratory has a flexible environment, where there are many opportunities to get involved in ground-breaking research. The professors are very knowledgeable and willing to assist in any ways possible.

    Cons

    There is a tendency for politics to occur between researchers, professors, or outside institutions. It is important to find ways to steer away from such issues so one is not affected.

    Recommends

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