Wayne State Reviews in Detroit, MI

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
159 Reviews
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159 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.  

    Good Learning Opportunities, Experienced Staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Intern in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Intern in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked here as a student while completing my degrees. Management was very respectful of other time demands that I had and was happy to set up a flexible schedule. Experienced staff members helped the interns to develop their skills and continued to provide support throughout the length of the position. Hours were very reasonable, with little to no requirement to work overtime.

    Cons

    As with many large institutions, there's an element of bureaucracy when it comes to human resources. Pay is probably not competitive to private companies, particularly when considering recent cuts. Physical work environment, in terms of buildings and equipment, may be outdated relative to what is available beyond public education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better strategic planning for the University as a whole. More modern computer systems would make work more efficient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I loved working here while I was in school

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I loved working with the people I worked with, hours were extremely flexible, nice way to build up your portfolio, laid back atmosphere, the customers were either new or were regulars

    Cons

    You have to pay for parking, traffic after work was bad, sometimes had to do other people's jobs to make sure they were done in a timely fashion, no room to grow after graduation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! I miss working here. Smaller group of employees made the office more personal and welcoming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I'm working as a graduate teaching assistant,Great place to teach.Big diversity.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Ssistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Ssistant in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    We were give proper teaching training with seminars, orientations and weekly meetings.The administration is helpful.I can organize my classes as I wish.The ggrading procedure is also up to me.So I like that in-dependency.

    Cons

    The department I was teaching is not too big,But it equipped with all the required facilities.Salary is not really good.It's hard to reschedule the classes you are teaching in case of an emergency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Active research. Salary is reasonable.

    Cons

    The area around campus isn't very nice. Relatively a long commute time. Detroit City Income Tax.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stable place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Applications Technical Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Lead Applications Technical Analyst in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you're interested in building a nice retirement portfolio, continuing your education, and enjoy lots of vacation time. It's easy to have a pretty decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    The environment is increasingly becoming more corporate. The only exception is compensation. All people within a bargaining unit get the exact same raises so there is no motivation to go above and beyond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changes to policy and allow for rewards for good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Full of potential growth opportunities

    Cons

    Michigan economy is not so good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I learned a lot initially but kept doing the same things

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Learned to think on my own and problem solve as an undergraduate. Very, very flexible hours. They completely cater around your schedule.

    Cons

    Incredibly tedious after your first couple months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to stop criticizing your student assistants negatively. Give them feedback to grow; they're getting better at this.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    learn a lot and happy to help students and professors to solve problems

    Cons

    there is not enough office to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, vibrant school crowd, amazing colleagues, great seminar speakers, easy to commute inside campus

    Cons

    Horrible neighborhood, difficult to commute from outside, fair pay scale, lots of work expectation, unsafe during night.

  11.  

    Diverse, and not the way you think

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

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

    Pros

    I remember coming here originally as a student, and being so thrilled to have found a good school with ordinary, middle-class kids who were doing well. I came from a very snooty school and always felt out of place there. Here, I found people from all walks of life, and so many different cultures.

    This is a place where people have to work hard to study and in their jobs. The good old boy system really doesn't work here. As someone who works here,

    I really appreciate that women and minorities are in leadership positions.

    Cons

    This is a big university, and we are working at making things more user-friendly, and less bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is tricky to take care of family responsibilities, commuting from another city. I would like to see more vacation time available for staff who are not represented, and more options for children to attend day camps here in the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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