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Balanced

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at Western Governors University

Pros

Work from home allows the cost avoidance of fuel and business dress. Also, since their is no commute, you have an hour or so to spend on activities you want to do.

Cons

Compensation based on degree requirements is probably low; however, when you take into consideration the amount of effort needed to perform at a satisfactory level it all balances out.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Western Governors University

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    The leadership is a little weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Overwork and Underpaid / One Lie After Another / Incompetent Middle Management

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    Current Employee - Student Mentor  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Student Mentor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Western Governors University

    Pros

    The freedom and flexibility to work from home for 50 to 60 hours a week, 12 months a year with no real vacations or sick days.

    Cons

    The pay is low, almost 15% lower than that of pay for most community college faculty, but without summers off.

    Evaluations based on wild guesses - You are rated based on metrics that are significantly flawed in their design. At best with the numbers used to judge your performance against other mentors, they can guess how you are doing and you can be written up based on those numbers that are no more accurate than speculation. It is expected that your sample set of 80 students will perform just like the averages of the population of 30,000 students. It would take a miracle to produce a single sample just once that matched the population with just 80 students as your sample. The only thing that is certain with design like that is that it will be highly inaccurate and unfair. Luck makes the biggest difference in whether or not you will fail or succeed as faculty at WGU.

    Constant Lies - when you are told you will have a student load of 100, it is likely to be 10% higher, when you are told it is being moved down to 80, it will likely be closer to 90. When you are told that this is full time work, you will rarely have a week under 45 hours, and most weeks you will be over 50. In a hectic week (often) 60+ is normal. You will be told that the expectation it that you will do what ever it takes. Vacations are 2 weeks per year, but not back to back, and you have to spend a couple of hours on your email every other day so that you don't get behind (policy). It takes 20 hours of overtime (unpaid) before and after vacation to catch up from taking a vacation. You will be told there are sick days, but that's not true either, you make the calls you missed while you were out on your own time. You will be told that there is a benefit of $7,000 a year achieved from not having to come to work and then you will be offered $14,000 to $34,000 less that what you make now or what you made before you came to them looking for work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to business school. Get an education in management before trying it as a live experiment. Great design went into creating the school on the student side and it is a great institution of higher learning, but middle management is some of the worst I've seen in my entire career. Maybe they just parrot BS that they are getting from senior management but it's hard to be sure.

    Fire the crappy or spineless middle management with no real management experience, replace them with others who do not seek leadership, but how have leadership talent and ability. Find leaders who inspire and motivate. If necessary, managers in the middle who have the intellectual integrity to tell senior management that their assumptions are wrong. Yes men in middle management are just a waste of space.

    Take a course in statistics, you can't fix problem you can't measure and when you don't know how to ask the right questions, bad statistics will continue to lead to bad decisions and frustrate some of your best mentors.

    Return to the company culture of team work, that can't exist when everyone is watching their back.

    The environment has become caustic, everyone is always watching their back and worried about getting written up. Not exactly motivational and inspiring. Most who stay do it out of dedication to their students of out of need to work from home because of their personal / family circumstances.

    Doesn't Recommend
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