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Wayne State Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
170 Reviews
3.7
170 Reviews
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Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson
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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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18 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Old School - Literally

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    • 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.  

    My experience has been very frustrating and dissatisfying.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wayne State

    Pros

    The salary is decent for entry level, grad assistant. The benefits are pretty decent as well.

    Cons

    Poor management, no time off, refusal to discuss policy, unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication would solve so many of the issues at every level of the company. Look into hiring a secretary to assist with managing schedule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hard working with no job stability.

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6.  

    Was satisfied working there and had excellent job reviews until I became a "financial liability"

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefit package for salaried employees

    Cons

    If you work hard there for too many years and earn your well-deserved annual raises, they terminate you due to "budget cuts". This happened to me after 15 years and I was the top wage earner there. They've already replaced me with a newbie making starting salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of dead weight workers doing the bare minimum who get to keep their jobs because you're afraid they'll scream [insert appropriate word here] racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia even though you KNOW they're incompetant and insubordinate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Consistent champion of mediocrity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time

    Pros

    People are generally kind and laid back.

    Cons

    Nepotism runs rampant and incompetence is the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead weight and add more talented, motivated people to your workforce. Good people can't get their jobs done because they are weighed down by others' incompetence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits but generally a dead-end job

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good 401K and vacation time.

    Cons

    There is a strange culture of ignorance. Nepotism is VERY common. Most people seemed to be promoted or hired because they are friends or family of the hiring manager. A weak union does little to stop the odd hiring process. The union rules are openly ignored in an apparent tacit collusion between management and the union.

    There is little room to grow or advance. There is little training, mentoring, or employee development. The management will frequently hire someone’s relative or friend and mentor/train them. However, present union employees are seldom trained for new advanced jobs (UNLESS you are a relative or friend with the hiring manager). Again, the union will not involve itself. In short, most IT jobs are dead-end jobs at WSU.

    Many departments are adversarial. There is frequently no design or development process offered for “getting things done.” There is frequently no connection to the outside IT departments or the “outside world.” Some department managers use an offensive, intimidating atmosphere as a management style. Actually, this seems often to be used as a method of making an employee quit so they may hire friends and family (I’ve seen that done to very good employees). Many good people are let go or resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, but very hard to be promoted.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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