Wayne State Reviews in Michigan

Updated June 3, 2014
Updated June 3, 2014
155 Reviews
3.6
155 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 12 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.  

    Poor Career and Stipend Support

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

    I have been working at Wayne State for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Access to good mentors if motivated.

    Cons

    Poor stipend support for Ph.D. students. 20K is among lowest (bottom quartile) in nation for science. Comparable schools provide thousands more. Department (in school of medicine) has too many tenured professors with no funding and poor publishing records. Little career support for non academic research paths. Faculty is stuck in a 60-70's era mentality. 1 in 5 will actually work in academia. Department leadership is lacking and typically the graduate officer is appointed to a non-productive professor. The current graduate officer only has 3 publications within the past 5 years. Overall, while the department holds itself in high esteem it requires massive improvements. I recommend prospective graduate students seek other institutions for graduate training.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of respect for employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Accessibility of fitness equipment and showers.
    Lots of activities & information is available at the front desk, leading you to be more in-the-loop with campus events.

    Cons

    Leadership does not invest much time/effort into employee satisfaction and seems to have very little tolerance/respect for student employees.
    Time off is tough to come by unless you set your availability before you start working there
    You can bet on not making a penny over minimum wage here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Host employee appreciation events/parties.
    Spend some time getting to know employees personally, since they are the key to your success.
    Consider alternate methods for addressing concerns with employees.
    Get more sleep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The worse job I ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Students were reasons to work at the university

    Cons

    NO support training or ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your Human Resource Dept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Just plain terrible!

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    • 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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefit.
    SOME collegial colleagues.
    SOME qualified faculty.
    Will get the chance to work alone; nobody will bother you because nobody comes to school

    Cons

    No sense of direction at the department level and at the school level.
    Bad quality of education
    Poor quality of students
    Complacent attitude by tenured faculty - half of them only show up to teach their evening class (Partly perhaps because the main campus is located in Detroit, and faculty generally live as far away from Detroit as possible)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no point giving advice. Nobody's listening. The university is a lost cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friends and family hired first

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    Former Employee - Librarian I  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Librarian I in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State

    Pros

    The benefits package is very good. The wellness warrior program is excellent.

    Cons

    The practice of hiring and promoting friends and family before others is widespread. If you are not related to a senior staff member or if you are not their good buddy, you have very little chance of getting a good position. And if by chance you do get hired, you can forget promotions unless you join the the right "click" at Wayne.

    Because of the power of the clicks and and the lack of action by the executive administration to stop these practices, It is a very difficult work environment if you are not in a click. There is a lot of exclusion and information is hoarded within the click and groups.

    Stressful work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be rules that if you are related to other members of a division, you cannot be hired by that division. I see other companies doing this, why can't Wayne?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have a relative in high places? you are good.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer I  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Network Engineer I in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits package. If you have a relative or family member who works there, you get promoted easily (you also get your job this way).

    Cons

    Nepotism and cronyism are king at Wayne State. You get ahead by being close, CLOSE friends with colleages, and superiors. People's relatives are frequently hired after "mandatory" interview process (but only the relative was going to actually be hired).
    Poor, Poor management of people. Most managers have NO management training. Most managers have never worked outside of the University. Most don't have a clue how to treat people.
    Tenured managers are even more difficult because they can openly abuse staff and their academic superiors can't and won't do anything about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some managing courses. Get rid of Tenure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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