I was a graduate teaching assistant so a pretty limit view
Teaching Assistant (TA) in Kinesiology (Former Employee) – Manha – October 4, 2017
As a graduate teaching assistant, I don't have a strong opinion of what is like working for this institution, just one department. From that point of view it was great. I did not have to pay tuition, got a small monthly pay check, and teaching experience.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) – Manhattan, KS – September 4, 2017
Working at KSU as a postdoctoral scholar was similar to working as a graduate student but with more management duties. Most days were rather slow going. The lab work was not incredibly challenging but the resources were limited and training opportunities were not available. I learned a few new skills in chemical synthesis. The workplace was a bit crowded and untidy, plus the lab equipment seemed to not be set for a new member in the lab. The most enjoyable part of the job though was the freedom to work on experiments within a reasonable time frame. The most challenging part of the job was the lack of direction from my boss. I am an independent worker most of the time, but I do require a starting point that is in the interest of the research group....
Decent pay, benefits, reasonable work schedule
Lack of direction, lack of needed glassware, very short appointment
As a GTA in the Art department, I was treated as both a student and colleague, which is very typical in such situations. Department Head was okay, however, tried very little to get to know the graduate students. As always, there were some faculty that were not helpful, but most were willing to meet with students and help them with their work.
The school is fine, and my department and colleagues are great, but the governor has run the state into the ground. Graduate students are paid pennies (pretty typical) and are not provided with any other benefits other than a health insurance plan which covers nothing.
show up at work, learn to deal with people in frustrating circumstances sometimes, management is fine, workplace culture is too liberal (its a university), hardest part is grading labs when you dont want to, most enjoyable part is teaching labs because its easy pay for the time/effort put in
K-State offers great job opportunities for full-time students. Parking Services offers a friendly work environment with great management. A typical day involves handling disgruntled customers and managing their payments. Answering phones and computer work is also a part of the job.
Great place to work. Staff are friendly and focused on student growth. As GTA you will work a lot and be expected to continue to earn high marks. If your work or grades are sub-par you may lose your stipend or GTA position.
Student Data Entry Assistant (Current Employee) – Manhattan, KS – June 23, 2017
K-State is an awesome place to work. They are very flexible with our student schedules and are very supportive especially during midterms and finals (we get treat bags!). I enjoy working here unfortunately it is a minimum wage job.
I was the GTA for K-State. People were nice and the work environment was great. My schedule was flexible as I was a student first. My supervisor was reasonable and she told me to put my own study first. The professors that I assistant were great. But it didn't happen to all the GTAs there. And my peers and my salary was the lowest on the campus. The department raise the salary the next year after I graduate, so the following GTAs have a better feeling about it.
Several departments, training did not exist, setting a new excited employee up for potential failure/disappointment. Sat in a new position weeks not knowing what I was to do and with no direction which was a waste of university time and money. Another position, little training was provided and only when I asked. I was training on what I had figured out and taught myself weeks after I started... Was even complimented on my training abilities.
Can be fulfilling to work with faculty, staff and students
Lack of training an issue, many supervisors and managers out of touch, well-established benefits hi-lighted for below market pay, survival mode needed.
I worked here as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and enjoyed it a lot. I don't have a lot to say negatively about KSU and what I could say is very personal to me. I wouldn't fault anyone for making a decision to come to KSU or not come to KSU for school or work.
good mix of people, fun environment
probably going to be working some on the weekends.
Information Systems - Student Worker (Former Employee) – Salina, KS – June 14, 2017
My director and supervisors were an amazing team of "mad scientists" to work for. Everyday there was a different challenge to tackle. From server work to installing new hardware and software, it was definitely a great learning experience.
Assistant Director (Current Employee) – Manhattan, KS – June 6, 2017
Depends on the department if you have a good experience or not. Some departments are very laid back while others are more demanding of overtime. Lack of raises the last few years has been a negative. Benefits are still pretty good but going down every year.