Ferris State University

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Ferris State University Reviews

Updated May 25, 2014
Updated May 25, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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    Williams Auditorium

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferris State University

    Pros

    Getting to work during different performances and events is a lot of fun. I enjoy the theatre in general which is a major added benefit of being able to work there.

    Cons

    Hours are inconsistent due to schedule of events.

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    Faculty

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    Current Employee - Faculty  in  Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Faculty in Big Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Ferris State University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Focused engineering, technology curriculums. Technology faculty have significant industrial experience and not just academic experience. Teaching focus to pass on the profession. Big Rapids is a good rural community vs congested metro life.

    Cons

    Focused engineering, technology curriculums tend to make people overly protective of their "turf". Too myopic sometimes. Lately, administration is changing university focus in a direction away from a career focus and more to political correctness, liberal arts, and general education.

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    Administration is changing university focus in a direction away from a career focus and more to political correctness, liberal arts, and general education.

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    Overall, it was a job that paid well with flexible scheduling

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Big Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Ferris State University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay rate, flexible scheduling, and creative freedom

    Cons

    A decentralized environment where requests may take a while to be fulfilled

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    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferris State University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very easy going workplace, good bosses.

    Cons

    Hard to get ft work. When the school is on break, you are out of work and that gets exspensive.

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    None

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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ferris State University full-time

    Pros

    - Establish close relationships
    -Higher management treat their employees with respect
    -Dining offers gourmet food at the Rock

    Cons

    -Location, it's in the middle of no where

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    Ferris State University Office Manager

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    Current Employee - Office Manager  in  Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Big Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Ferris State University

    Pros

    It is really a community environment at Ferris State University. The small town makes for an environment where it is easy to get to know people. They are flexible with time off and half days when you need to take care of personal business.

    Cons

    The small town can sometimes limit people in their personal and professional growth. There is a limit to how far you can go at a University of this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They can do a better job of providing assistants to departments in need. I know they do a lot of shifting around to save jobs but leave some departments hanging with out a lot of support for the department.

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    Overall - good place to work

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    Former Employee - Professor
    Former Employee - Professor

    I worked at Ferris State University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    For a university - leadership pretty accessible. Friendly and helpful staff and faculty. Small town feel - many people have been there ten years or more. Not overly bureaucratic. Room for self initiative. A lot of really good "teachers".

    Cons

    Lots of interim management. A bit adversarial in union negotiations. On the other hand - union was unnecessarily combative.

    President made a lot of noise when he came in about being real collaborative and seeking the voice of staff and faculty. Mostly smoke and mirrors - sought the advice, but ignored it as best i can tell.

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    Deans have got to be held more accountable and more of an advocate for their staff and faculty. A bit of the King of the Silo effect.

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    Decent places to work for while attending college.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ferris State University

    Pros

    They are always very good about working around your classes and schedule. In most cases they don't mind if you need to call in.

    Cons

    There is very little room to grow. In most cases the jobs are paying minimum wage and offer small raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I had to offer Ferris advice. It would be to pay closer attention to how much work the student employees do.

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