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Nursing Student Mentor, WORK FROM HOME

Western Governors University Indianapolis, IN

Mentors advise students on time management and schedule benchmarks for the student to successfully master program concepts, knowledge and skills… CareerBuilder

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Community Relations Manager

Western Governors University Indianapolis, IN

As a University Field Representative, you serve as the local representative for Western Governors University within a defined territory… Glassdoor

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Nursing Clinical Instructor Positions

Western Governors University Indianapolis, IN

• · Evaluate facility’s clinical computer system access to Pass-Port. If firewalls prevent access, the CI collaborates with appropriate IT personnel… Glassdoor

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Skills and Simulation Lab Instructors, Indiana

Western Governors University Indianapolis, IN

The Skills and Simulation Lab Instructors is a clinically experienced subject matter expert who is responsible for facilitating student learning and… Glassdoor

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    Micro-Management in a Bucket of Crabs

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    Current Employee - Course Mentor in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Course Mentor in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Western Governors University full-time (more than an year)


    Work from home. Fairly flexible vacation scheduling.


    WGU is a bucket of crabs, in which one rises to the top only on the backs of the members of one's "team."

    Reasons To Avoid WGU:
    1. Fear-based management. No academic freedom. Speak up once and you will be warned. Do it again and you will be fired. It's a bit like working at those Chinese factories that force employees to wear "We Love Working for Company X!" T-shirts for the yearly photo-op. (They actually DO make us wear those at annual meetings. No kidding.)

    2. Mentors are measured against each other, and in order to maintain control management actively encourages sniping, undermining, and gossiping within teams, all in the name of "team building."

    3. Managers are underqualified and overconfident. No sense of humility or willingness to learn. Management doubles down on their past mistakes. Many managers, including senior managers, lack Ph.D.'s, yet all supervise Ph.D.'s. Some managers have a real chip on their shoulders and belittle team members who are clearly more qualified than they are.

    4. Unrealistic and mathematically unreachable goals are set by upper management with zero input from mentors. Individual mentors are held accountable for failure to reach these unreachable goals. This negatively affects our yearly reviews, and thus our ability to get jobs elsewhere--which I have come to believe is by design. Senior management, meanwhile, continues to collect fat paychecks and bonuses by blaming the results of their poor planning on lazy mentors, whose daily activities are monitored ever more invasively.

    5. The micromanagement is simply out of control. An already challenging job is made harder by managers who lack specific qualification in the fields they supervise, and who have little to no management experience. It's a bit like riding a unicycle on a glass surface slathered in cooking grease while being clucked at by a chicken who's always getting under your wheel. The opposite of a first choice career-path and certainly no "Great Place to Work."

    6. Managers play favorites. Managers consolidate their power by elevating and then bringing down random team members.

    7. Pay is lower than for most 9-month positions. Everyone who can get a job in a real university leaves ASAP, and with good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Two Words: End.Micromanagement.

    The best way to be recognized as a "Great Place to Work" is actually to BE a great place to work. Having an underqualified yes-man breathing down your neck in an environment where speaking up gets one fired is conducive to nothing except keeping one's head down and updating that resume.

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