Low pay but generous benefits to full-time staff, lively and interesting work atmosphere
Pros: faculty, students' appreciation of our work, and they often told us so, co-workers were very helpful with training, sharing their experience and knowledge, faculty were supportive and fun to work with.
Cons: low pay, lack of support from hr department
State educational institutions seem to have abominably low wages for administrative staff, which are somewhat compensated by great benefits i.e. free tuition, holidays, recognition of effort programs, excellent training programs, work hour flexibility, paid vacation and retirement benefits which partially make up for the low pay scales. Typically there IS no typical day. Interaction with faculty, students and administration is rewarding and challenging. Departments vary in their treatment of staff, but I was fortunate to work with some outstanding, interesting, well educated people in a wonderfully exciting academic setting.
It was a pleasure to go to work every day, knowing faculty and administrators acknowledged and appreciated my organizational skills, keeping abreast of new developments, heading off potential problems, smoothly running the department office.