Wayne State

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Wayne State Reviews in Michigan

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
170 Reviews
3.8
170 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.  

    It was not bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed being at Salary status

    Cons

    The University is Slow in promoting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know more than the subborates

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

    Educator's Need for Computational Power

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

    I have been working at Wayne State as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.
    Really good and hardworking students.

    Cons

    Less payments as compared to the workload
    Very poor IT/Technical support for teaching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wayne State University should improve the High Power Computation (HPC) unit as there are many researchers who are working on simulations of various types which need more computational power.
    Also computer labs need parallel processing capability as most of the academic software are running on single core processor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Urban Research University

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues and supportive staff. Wayne is in a great location and is making huge strides in certain research areas and I am proud to be a part of that.

    Cons

    Far too many administrative positions. Projects, requests, etc are all typically delayed due to going through so many channels. Too many office staff leads to high school type of drama and conflict. It can be very silly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the administrative staff, its bloated, expensive and convoluted.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Research drive is good, but utilities are a bit lacking.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture is very nice. Advisors are very supporting and helpful. The other graduate students are community oriented and friendly.

    Cons

    Detroit regularly has power and other utility problems. Coordination between different branches is very poor, so it can be hard to get things fixed properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication between different branches would greatly improve the working environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wayne State provides endless opportunities for its students and faculty.

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

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

    Pros

    There is always something happening at Wayne. It is in the heart of the city and the opportunities at the university are endless.

    Cons

    I would change the hours that available to be. i worked under a budgets so there was a limit to the amount of hours I could work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A good place to work but like most higher ed, rife with red tape.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Administrator in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Department Administrator in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, tuition assistance, generous time off for assorted reasons (illness, vacation, holidays), holiday closure between Christmas and New Year's, campus life, access to training, access to education and information, a lot of nice people who have longevity.

    Cons

    Yearly cutbacks in departments, frequent hiring freezes university-wide, bureaucracy and departments designed to handle bureaucracy, high parking fees for employees, disorganized review process, union bumping in many departments after layoffs, "we've always done it this way" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jump out of "we've always done it this way" and learn to move in a more stream-lined fashion. Cut bulk out of departments and encourage fresh perspectives where it counts, not just in the academic sector but also in the staff sector. Be more transparent with business decisions (especially force reductions) and don't shrug off suggestions from younger or seasoned employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stagnant growth, low morale

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

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

    Pros

    Retirement matching is excellent, as are the choices of health benefits. Good place to get experience. 100% tuition reimbursment is great to further your education.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, but sometimes able to move "diagonally" across schools or divisions. Union bumping rights, even in professional positions, causes too many disruptions and lowers morale. Performance bonus increase freezes for the past five years leads to doing bare minimum work in many cases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working at Wayne State was Decent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peer Mentor in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Peer Mentor in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diversity, yearly activities, Midtown, CorkTown,Downtown DETROIT, career fairs

    Cons

    Cold Winters, expensive student bookstore -B&N

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Adjunct Faculty Member, Mathematics Department

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

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leeway with curriculum for competency courses, friendly, supportive environment, parking reimbursement.

    Cons

    Only part time and therefore low pay and no benefits, you never know what your schedule will be (or if you'll have a job) from semester to semester, can be difficult to teach for some of the less competent professors, none of the benefits of being a student or a full time WSU employee (tuition assistance, gym access, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having fewer, more competent, full time adjuncts would be beneficial to the department, but i'm sure it would not make sense fiscally for the department to add full time positions with benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    So much potential but such little direction and support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great research facility, great people

    Cons

    Very difficult to implement new processes; too much red tape.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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