Wayne State
3.6 of 5 135 reviews
www.wayne.edu Detroit, MI 5000+ Employees

Wayne State Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
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3.6 135 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson

M. Roy Wilson

(16 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Poor Career and Stipend Support

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsAccess to good mentors if motivated.

    ConsPoor 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.

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    Lack of respect for employees

    Student Assistant (Former Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsAccessibility 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.

    ConsLeadership 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 Senior ManagementHost 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The worse job I ever had

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsThe Students were reasons to work at the university

    ConsNO support training or ethics

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove your Human Resource Dept.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just plain terrible!

    Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsCompetitive 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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementThere is no point giving advice. Nobody's listening. The university is a lost cause.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Friends and family hired first

    Librarian I (Former Employee)
    Detroit, MI

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThere 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Network Engineer I (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

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

    ConsNepotism 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 Senior ManagementTake some managing courses. Get rid of Tenure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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