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Student Assistant

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Current Employee - Student Assistant in Providence, RI
Current Employee - Student Assistant in Providence, RI

I have been working at Johnson & Wales University part-time (more than an year)

Pros

Accommodating with class schedules, vacations. Able to know what companies are looking for, great people. School scholarship, great networking opportunities, if you are employed over the summer you are able to get free housing and also meals.

Cons

Can't really get promoted as student assistant, the pay is not that good, it goes with minimum wage. Benefits are what you would expect as student assistant job.

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    Protector of its Brand and very marketing oriented

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson & Wales University

    Pros

    The institution more commonly known for its culinary and baking/pastry arts programs is now 100 years of age, underpinned by its little known business school and slightly better known school of hospitality. The institution has a survivor's mentally and will do what needs to be done to continue on.

    Cons

    Johnson & Wales is a highly bureaucratic environment, where toes to the line is the normal, while divergent thoughts are smashed, unless perfectly timed to the institution's needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management of Johnson & Wales needs to diversify its thought processes and maybe hire an contrarian, purposefully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A private University which has become top heavy and overly concerned with the bottom line.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson & Wales University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The seasoned faculty and staff are still focused on the student experience. The employee benefits continue to be excellent. The Library itself is excellent (excluding the Learning Center). Beautiful campuses.

    Cons

    First and foremost, low wages among the staff are a huge challenge. Most staff members at JWU have second jobs in order to make ends meet. Second, several new layers of management have been added over the last 5 years, and this has directed University resources away from academic excellence. Very high tuition rates continue to climb each year, leaving many of the JWU graduates with more than $75,000 in student loans. That is a LOT of debt for a new grad who will likely start out at $10/hour as a line cook or in hotel housekeeping. JWU used to offer high-quality leadership programming and encouraged students to participate in community service. These programs went away when JWU became so top-heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate two or three of your "Assistant Deans" and put the money back into the student experience. Start to value the employees who go above and beyond, especially those who have worked at JWU for a long time. What happened to the Leadership programs?? What happened to Academic Counselors in the Learning Center? A student is lucky to get a 5-minute meeting with someone who can offer academic support...not a tutor, but a professional academic staff person. There used to be some transparency of the top management...Pizza with the President, Chili with the Chief, etc. A student approached me and asked me who the President of the campus was...and she had been at JWU for almost a year! In looking at the rating scale below, it is difficult to rate the President, John Bowen. He is the President of the entire 4-campus system, and he's located at the main campus in Providence, RI. Very few faculty, staff or students at the satellite campuses in Denver, Miami and Charlotte have ever met him or know much about him. I'd say to upper management, take a look at the positive comments from 2008 and 2009 and strive to get back to those good old days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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