Web Communications Lead (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – January 2, 2017
During my 15 years at Portland State, I worked in only two departments, both of which offered me a lot of autonomy to shape the work I did on a daily basis. While I loved the flexibility of that, I didn't always have good direction from managers when I wanted it, so I floundered a bit making improvements where I could see they were needed. I met many smart, caring, funny, and creative staff in my own and other departments and that was a definite highlight, providing incentive to work hard to contribute in a similar vein.
A continuous learning envirnoment that is fast paced, hard work and fun
Budget Analyst, Finance & Administration (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – October 20, 2016
A typical day consists of working on multiple projects and doing several analysis, meetings, communication with others throughout the university, training and serving others, and working on continuous process improvement. Every day you are learning something new as information is always shared with the team.
The management is very good about listening to new ideas, giving autonomy, investing in professional development and giving support. My co-workers are all great to work with in a team environment and continuously work on cross training. Each person works hard and still engages in bringing fun into the office.
The hardest part of the job is sometimes the deadlines for new projects that come up have a very short turn around time, however with the support of co-workers and a great manager the project always gets accomplished and you are never in it alone.
The best part of the job is knowing that I am serving others and producing quality deliverables in a changing environment to the decision makers in the university; making a positive difference in lives of the students.
flexibility in work schedules, teamwork, benefits, professional development
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – July 9, 2016
I worked for three moths in an academic setting as a research assistant to a professor of Economics that was conducting research into the disparities in the health care system associated with race and ethnicity.. This was a marvelous learning experience that sowed me how difficult data collection and manipulation can be. I got hands on training in the use of statistical packages, like SAS, which is priceless. Overall, this was a great opportunity, and I could not be happier with what we accomplished and the amount of work that was associated with this.
Supportive and encouraging environment for student researchers
Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – June 21, 2016
I was awarded a graduate research assistant position while attending grad school at Portland State University. I was able to continue my assistantship throughout my entire time in school. This position was very intellectually challenging, but my adviser and other professors were extremely supportive. I was able to learn many technical skills, particularly in terms of GIS, statistics, programming, and making graphics for professional publication.
Decent place to work that allows me to participate in outside activities
Front Office Manager (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – March 28, 2016
Busy in the morning with mail and phone calls. Phones remain steady in the afternoon, but tasks are often left unmanaged depending on which coordinator is available. I have learned how to be a self-motivated and directed individual who often has to work on tasks on my own. Often times management can be non-existent, which has allowed me to come up with jobs and tasks on my own. My co-workers are lovely individuals who have allowed me to enjoy working with a team. Coming up with tasks on my own and feeling like I do not have proper management. The schedule and benefits are the best part of the job.
Schedule, benefits, self directed work, team building
Prep Cook/Grill Cook (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – March 9, 2016
Portland State University is a nice place to work. They have a great environment and the workers are nice people who are easy to get along with. I learned a lot of different ways to become quicker at prepping certain items.
Efficient and friendly place for all students, staff and faculty
Grant Teacher Assistantship (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – March 5, 2016
The environment is safe and friendly, there is always some to speak to if you need help with anything (knowing what you need or knowing where you need to go). Responses are quick and effective, also very understanding. Time management is key otherwise, it can feel overwhelming.
Sound Equipment Manager (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – February 29, 2016
I was the sound equipment manager for a work study job for the department of music. A typical day at work was hauling, storing and setting up sound equipment for the PEP band ,I also played in. My co workers all worked as a team to produce good sound. The hardest part of my job was the physical labor it required from hauling equipment. The most enjoyable part of my job is when i got to sit down and play in the band.
The hours worked well with school.
The job was only during the school term, and also the pay was by the gig, and was inconsistent.
Grader (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – January 25, 2016
During my course of work as a grader at PSU I grew more as a professional in terms of team management and also on how to answer to various queries posed by the students regrading their assignments to be written in Python. It also helped me gain more insight into learning new concepts in Python and how to debug the program.