Pros: great work-life balance, a great direct supervisor, amazing benefits, renown university, diverse campus, perfect location for commuting, good pay
Cons: the inherent hierarchy and bureaucratic complexity of higher education, pressure to maintain cultural conformity, lack of advancement opportunities
Working at Temple University has been a boon to my professional life. I work with a small team of creative, driven, mindful professionals who are all dedicated to improving the lives of our students.
The work culture encourages creativity and initiative, although the fact that my program is grant-funded often means that we don't always have the financial support to see our projects fully developed.
Management takes a very hand's-off approach to the day-to-day operations, which can be great when we need to move quickly and confidently, but a hindrance when our progress can only continue with the voice of our leadership.
The most enjoyable part of this job for me is having an office filled with students clamoring for attention and assistance; being able to properly identify, assess, and solve my clients problems is a great feeling. The hardest part of this job has been balancing what we want to do for our students and what we have to do to maintain the grant, which is often more heavily weighed in favor of numbers than it is the actual reality of what those numbers represent.