Wayne State Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
150 Reviews

3.5
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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 11 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)

  • Well I know people and it still wasn't enough for me to get a different position within the organization (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Flexible schedule, Not much room to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wayne State

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, I can work from home much of the week. not to much micro managing from senior management. Good place to gain experience. 100% Tuition reimbursement is a plus for furthering your education

    Cons

    Rasies are slow and low (2% and takes about 4 months to set in). Hard to move up in the medical school. Not very good communication around the departments, seems to be a lot of confusion and reimbursments are usually late.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Professional
    Current Employee - Professional

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits - generous time off, medical insurance, retirement, etc.

    Cons

    They say it's "who" you know. Well I know people and it still wasn't enough for me to get a different position within the organization. Not sure if being unionized helps. Opportunities for advancement very little. Commute isn't too bad but there really is no safe way to travel to and from Detroit. Stressed out about another possibility for massive layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you say you have an open door, REALLY have an open door. Listen to your employees and value their input.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great students, can be rewarding, no professional development, university-wide bureaucracy can be maddening.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Worked at WSU for 8 years. Enjoyed working with students they are down-to-earth and most appreciate the staff. Wonderful vacation time and 403 B contributions. Salary was OK-once you are in a position it's almost impossible to get a raise beyond the (sometimes) 2% raise.

    Cons

    Little support for innovation university-wide. It really depends on department/college you work in-some have great leadership-some not. If you are good at your job your reward is more work-no more money. I was continually given jobs that other staff refused to do which can be extremely frustrating. You will pay at least $600 for parking. Seemingly high turnover at the top-president, provost, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganization among some dept could save $$$. The budgets/financial atmosphere is set-up in a competitive way between colleges and depts. so there is little initiative to collaborate. Some depts are swamped in the summer-some in the fall and winter. Staff sharing/rotation, especially within colleges could help. Again, if your have a string chair/director it can be great, but I have heard negative feedback about many chairs/directors who are weak administrators.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    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 for more than a 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.  

    Pay ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wayne State

    Pros

    It's nice to work in the city with college students

    Cons

    Parking is high
    union fees
    high insurance

  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Department Administrator  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Department Administrator in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State full-time for 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.  

    Wayne State provides endless opportunities for its students and faculty.

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

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time for less than a 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
  9.  

    Stagnant growth, low morale

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    Current Employee - Systems Integrator  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Systems Integrator in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time for 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
  10.  

    The Wayne Way

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    I was a part-time faculty member teaching one class and I enjoyed the students and the opportunity to teach my craft.

    Cons

    In my experience, large colleges and universities are worst bureaucracies to deal with and Wayne State is no exception. It even has a name: "The Wayne Way"

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Adjunct Faculty Member, Mathematics Department

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time for 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
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    No opinion of CEO

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