Wayne State Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits - the graduate student union makes sure we have the same benefits as the faculty and staff (in 13 reviews)

  • There is a lot of culture and respect in the work environment and you get to learn a lot (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to move up in the medical school (in 3 reviews)

  • no opportunities for advancement, low salary, no bonuses, poor company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    If you just want to sit around all day...

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Coordinator in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Regulatory Coordinator in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice long holiday breaks, snow days off. Honestly, hard to think of any ... If you have kids they can go to college at WSU for 1/2 off. Boss was oblivious to people taking fake sick days off.

    Cons

    I worked here for 5 months. The job was horrible. No work to be done, all fellow employees were so miserable as they had been there for 10 years and hardly making 40k. The starting pay is low, even if you have a Master's. Also they make their employees shell out $80 a month for parking. Manager was horrible and offensive to co-workers. This job is good for someone who just wants to kill time on the computer all day and listen to miserable people complain.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more, offer more than 1% raises.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very good university

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wayne State part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great research environment for the researchers

    Cons

    Too many new faculty members.

    Advice to Management

    Professors should continue to take care of their students after graduation.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Old School - Literally

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits with 10% match and more vacation days than you know what to do with plus they have an excellent Wellness program with a fitness center on campus.

    Cons

    No upper management with any goals to work towards. My immediate supervisor doesn't like to work so is threatened by any fresh ideas or enthusiasm and will make me look bad to upper management (with no goals) if I dare work too hard. No innovation . . . not even a glimpse towards competing with on-line courses. Lots of people getting paid to do nothing and way too many unions protecting them. Silos everywhere so there's no interfacing between departments. In 3 years I've received $600 in raises (total). But the cost of parking has gone up twice. If you want to get paid to play Candy Crush, this is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees all the way down the food chain because there may just be an incompetent manager in the way of a very valuable asset.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Wayne State does not provide good support to enable outstanding performance

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    Current Employee - Professor in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Professor in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As an academic I have total freedom to pick my research area and the manner in which I teach my courses

    Cons

    Wayne State provides no support to implement innovative programs. If anything there are numerous organizational barriers to launch any initiative. In addition the financial and legal bureaucracy is generally unhelpful.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Hard working with no job stability.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Central location in city close to transportation

    Cons

    Union bumping constant and continuous

    Advice to Management

    Stop sacrificing the staff to make budgets appear balanced.


  7. Helpful (3)

    In all, worthwhile... but the bad outweighs the good.

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Supervisor in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Help Desk Supervisor in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent, and working on a university campus is especially fun.

    Cons

    There is no vision. The politics between divisions and colleges is insane. Too many people are too concerned about getting their piece of the pie and not attempting to make everything work together. It is, in the end, a very toxic environment with management that has no clue how to handle its employees.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to value your employees.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Dysfunctional Work Environment, Hiring is done by a network of cronyism and nepotism

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    Current Employee - Technician in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Technician in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good medical benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Management encourages intimidation: 1. Managers are remote from employees 2. The intimidator is part of management “club” 3. Management seems to deal with the intimidator/s 4. Intimidation is rewarded 5. Effort to appease a workplace intimidator Intimidating and manipulative behavior by management and (higher ranking workers) is the norm rather than the exception. Dysfunctional relationships among employees is the norm. Gossip and criticism are the standard, where cliques lead to favoritism and feuding. Hiring is done by a network of cronyism and nepotism. There are no clear objectives in many functions, so it can be tough to determine what’s important and what isn’t Incompetent or or powerless human resource department: Human resource (“HR”) managers are either unable or unwilling to deal with rampant workplace intimidation, rule violations, or poor hiring practices.

    Advice to Management

    Fire half of the middle/upper management, make opportunities for employees to grow (not just friends/family of the managers or other employees), take a HONEST assessment of HR procedures.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good benefits, but very hard to be promoted.

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Secretary in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits 100% tuition payment Good health insurance Variety of work environments from college to college Gain invaluable insights

    Cons

    Poor counseling and job placement assistance

    Advice to Management

    Promote from the ranks.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Who you know is more important than skills (nepotism).

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Health, dental, vision. Can take classes for free. About 75% of staff is pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Must pay for parking. Bathroom facilities are not kept well. Not uncommon for tenured faculty to treat staff poorly. Pay is not competitive- You will always start at the "lowest pay" in the job description. Upward mobility is based on who you know, not on performance. Staff do not receive the budgetary support they need while faculty are provided nearly limitless amounts of money (regardless of whether or not they intend to be responsible with it).

    Advice to Management

    Offer a clear path for staff to move upwards. Encourage fiscal responsibility. Treat staff with equal regard as faculty.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Nepotism gone wild

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good and if you are full time you get tuition benefits.

    Cons

    There are many cliques. Many times, getting and keeping a job at at WSU is more dependent on who you know or who you are connected to rather than your ability or even qualifications. Many in senior management are more concerned with solidifying their power bases by stacking their staff with friends and relatives. The search for quality and excellence is subjugated to the desire for control of personal fiefdoms. There are a lot of internecine battles between senior staff members and junior staff, if they are not careful, can find themselves in the middle of it, to their detriment. I have seen several good people leave Wayne because of this culture.

    Advice to Management

    Make it more difficult to hire relatives. Do more employee satisfaction surveys, they will be an eye opener.



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