Pros: environment to learn a lot
Cons: salary, benefits or lack thereof, advancement is discouraged
It was fun to work at there in the beginning. I was just happy to have a job. Then, I started to see the cut-throat environment for what it was and how supervisors were out to get me fired because I had more education than they had. Rather than being considered an asset, I was considered a threat. Eventually, I noticed that the people were very concerned about titles. I did some salary research and realized that I was making just half of what I would have made at CNU, ODU, etc. What was worse was the fact that I was doing quadruple the work and making almost half of what I would have earned at other institutions. I mean, seriously, I wasn't even making $30k a year. Then the ultimate slap in the face happened. Another person was hired with no college education and that person's salary was thousands of dollars higher than mine and I had a Masters!!! Being promoted was not encouraged because it didn't matter what a job's starting salary was, the person's pay would only increase by 10%. For example, if an internal employee earned $25k a year and got promoted to a job that started at $40k for an external employee, the internal employee would only see a $2500 increase. Worse, there was no such thing as overtime and the premiums for benefits were so high, employees in the lower salary range couldn't afford them. Working there served its purpose of teaching me new skills and information. However, I would never consider working there as a career choice.