Advantages of a Purdue Career:
A word from Building & Grounds employees

Annette Robbins

Annette Robbins

Custodian Crew Chief Evening VII – Building Services

Annette has been with Purdue University for over two and a half years and states “Purdue is a great place to work with lots of opportunities for advancement.”  She originally came to Purdue as a job seeker because of all the benefits the University has to offer.  Since joining the University Annette has worked her way up to Custodian Crew Chief supporting a Building Services’ evening crew.  She would encourage job seekers to attend the Building & Grounds Job Fair to learn what Purdue has to offer; from education opportunities, retirement plan, great benefits and much more.

Ximing “Jimmy” Haung

Ximing “Jimmy” Haung

Refrigeration Technician VIII – Operations & Maintenance

Jimmy has been employed with Purdue for over 20 years.  He states “Purdue has a safe working environment and strives to train employees how to work safely and to make safety everyone’s highest priority.”   Additionally, “I work here and continue to stay at Purdue because of the eight hour work day (work/life balance) which gives me time to enjoy a rich family life.  With the earned time off benefits it gives me the chance to take wonderful family vacations.” 

Ebony Barrett

Ebony Barrett

Custodian Day IV - Building Services

Hired in 2011, Ebony worked a long time on the night shift before coming to the Day shift. She now works in Elliott Hall of Music and she has been an interim utility, works many overtime events, and successfully completed the Building Services Custodial Development program last year.  Ebony states “I like the benefits; I use my Health Saving Account and Purdue puts money into this account which helps with my medical expenses.”  She also says “Once my child goes to college I’m looking forward to the tuition remission that I’ll receive.”  “Ebony would encourage job seekers to come to the job fair because at Purdue there are great benefits, good pay and the campus has very friendly people.”



Alexis F. Dossavi

Alexis F. Dossavi

Utility Custodian Night VI

Alexis has been with Purdue University for six years starting in an entry level custodial positon and worked his way up to an utility on the evening shift.  He decided on a positon at Purdue because he planned on going back to school and Purdue offered the opportunity for a work life/study life balance and the tuition remission is a great benefit.  Alexis states, “The evening shift works best for me so that I can take morning classes here at Purdue plus the job is low stress.” Additionally, he says “Working at Purdue can open up a lot of doors, including advancement opportunities with a career.” 

Johnathan Kim

Johnathan Kim

Custodial Supervisor Evening – Building Services

Johnathan has been with Purdue going on 10 years. He came to the University because he was supporting a son who was attending college. He started as an entry level evening shift custodian, promoted to a crew chief after six months then was promoted to supervisor after 16 months. When asked why job seekers should apply to evening shift positions Johnathan said “You then have the day time to conduct personal business, enjoy the day or just relax.”

Alex Serrano

Alex Serrano

Utility Custodian Day VI – Building Services

Hired in 2008, Alex Serrano has been on several shifts, promoted several levels, worked in many different areas, (such as the refresh team, special projects team, and is currently a level 6 utility, and will be filling in for a vacant crew chief position soon. Alex states “Purdue offers educational opportunities, Purdue University Global, FREE!” “This is a great place to advance because Purdue is like its own city within a city.” Alex’s favorite part of Purdue, “The customers! Students and professors, because they are friendly and they become like family.”

Esteban Castrellon

Esteban Castrellon

Custodian Crew Chief Evening VII – Building Services

Esteban Castrellon has been with Purdue University for 11 years. He started in as an entry level custodian, promoted to a level four custodian and then utility custodian and finally as a crew chief for the evening shift. Esteban says that “Since being with Purdue I now have experiences with many different cultures and have picked up some skills in communicating in different languages.” Esteban likes Purdue’s benefits and feels the best benefit is a “FREE” college education through Purdue Global.

Gin Kuyoth

Gin Kuyoth

Custodian Day IV – Building Services

• Virginia (Gin) Kuyoth is going on her fifth year of employment with Purdue University. She says “My job is getting out and about on campus and making the buildings look clean; I get to meet a lot of staff, students and professors.” “With the variety of day to day duties, I like that each day is different. With the people and the benefits, I don’t want to go anywhere else.” Gin would tell job seekers “By attending the Job Fair you can learn what positions are available and it’s a good way to get your foot in the door.”

John Linn

John Linn

Custodian Day IV – Building Services

John Linn has worked for Purdue University almost 47 years! John’s general manager says he has a positive attitude, is a fun person in the work place, and supports many of Purdue’s weekend business programs in the School of Management. John likes that Purdue has offered him steady and satisfying employment over the years. John states his favorite part of working for Purdue is “I have great benefits, I like my work hours and enjoy the people.”



Rigo Huizar

Rigo Huizar

Utility Custodian Evening VI – Building Services

Rigo began employment with Purdue University in 2004. When asked why he was seeking employment with Purdue he states “A friend recommended that I apply, so I travelled from California after hearing about the opportunities at Purdue. Additionally, he says he enjoys Purdue because “You get to meet a lot of students and professors from all over the United States and different countries.” Rigo would suggest to job seekers “Apply right-away because the work is easy when you do your job well and also the benefits at Purdue are good, including insurance, sick leave, and retirement; Purdue is the place I want to be working at when I retire.”

Kimberly Steins

Kimberly Steins

Electrician VII – Operations & Maintenance

Kimberly started with Purdue University over five years ago, coming to take advantage of the tuition fee remission offered to employees. She began employment in event-set ups, transferred to Building Services as a custodian, then joined Operations & Maintenance as an electrician apprentice and has promoted to a level VII electrician. Kimberly states, “I really like having the holidays off and appreciate the winter recess Purdue has observed the last few years” (extra paid days off). She says, “This is a great place to work and I’ve worked other places but Purdue has the best benefits and I’m happy with them; especially the Healthy Boiler program” (where benefits-eligible employees and spouses, covered on a Purdue health plan, have an opportunity to improve their health and wellness and earn financial incentives at the same time). Kimberly would encourage job seekers to attend the upcoming Job Fair and apply so they can take advantage of Purdue employment. “My job offers me the opportunity to go to different buildings and to meet a lot of people from different departments.” “As an employee at Purdue you will meet a lot of people from every walk of life and create a network.”

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