Wayne State

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Wayne State Reviews in Detroit, MI

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
166 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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, but sometimes able to move "diagonally" across schools or divisions (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Old School - Literally

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Detroit, MI

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wayne State does not provide good support to enable outstanding performance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Professor in Detroit, MI

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Hard working with no job stability.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop sacrificing the staff to make budgets appear balanced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk Supervisor in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Help Desk Supervisor in Detroit, MI

    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 ManagementAdvice

    It's time to value your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Technician in Detroit, MI

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, but very hard to be promoted.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secretary in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Secretary in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Promote from the ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism gone wild

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very stable place for employment but little opportunity for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Integrator in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Integrator in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State

    Pros

    Very stable place to work. Free tuition and good benefits

    Cons

    Wayne State offers little grown opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wayne State University needs to develop a path for career development for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Borderline hostile work environment but good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Staff in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Technology Staff in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State

    Pros

    Very good medical benefits. Nice office furniture.

    Cons

    The environment is highly unprofessional among the staff. The work environment allows "cliques" to form and lead others to feel ostracized. Most managers started at WSU and have never left. There is little training of managers and many are openly abusive to staff. If managers consider themselves “trained,” it is because they took classes AT WSU toward a business degree (but have worked at no other "business."

    There is no plan or outline for employee advancement or growth. You will find that nepotism is very obvious. Someone always seems to be someone’s brother or sister, best friend or mother. It’s a very inbred environment. Managers seldom assist in helping their subordinates to grow or move into higher positions at the University (unless refer to nepotism critique).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the maturity level of people you have hired. Implement a better HR department. Require stricter conduct codes. Offer ALL employees growth and development paths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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