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A unique experience in higher education

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Former Employee - Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Salem, OR
Former Employee - Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Salem, OR

I worked at Willamette University

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

As an employee of Willamette you will be contributing to the education of 2500+ students at one of the premier regional liberal arts and graduate institutions in the Pacific Northwest. The long list of distinguished alumni, University achievements and a culture of compassion for a lifetime of learning are all big pluses to being a part of the staff. Regardless of the department you are a part of you will play an important role and share in the responsibility of maintaining a high-calibre learning institution. You can't help but feel good about making a difference in the lives of students.

Cons

While the mission, vision, and goals of the University are excellent, the University finds itself in the midst of transition and that becomes evident to all employees. Unfortunately there are very noticeable silos that exist - which does not contribute to good communication between departments or units (faculty, administrators, classified staff; different schools). In recent years there has been a vacuum of senior leadership to provide focus and structure to the big picture goals of the University. The result is a splintered employee base; the left hand and right hand are doing two different things. When interviewing it will be important to understand/clarify the promotion process and salary negotiations - two things that are murky and secret from current employees. Willamette is a University that has hired many, many, many of its own alumni.

Advice to Management

Any institution of higher education is full of creativity and employees should be treated more as precious resources and less like individuals concerned only with punching their time card. It is a breath of fresh air to see that a new president has been appointed, with time the culture of the University can certainly be shifted to better support employees. However, attention should be given to the necessary house-cleaning that must happen following the tenure of the previous administration.

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  1. OSA student worker, honestly, one of the best on campus student jobs.

    Former Employee - OSA Student Employee in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - OSA Student Employee in Salem, OR

    I worked at Willamette University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The OSA has some of the nicest staff on campus, their doors are always open and working for them gives you a great look at opportunities for students. All you have to do is be friendly, considerate, and run errands for staff. And if you don't have tasks assigned to you during your shift you are allowed to study. It's a great work study job.

    Cons

    None. A friendly atmosphere that understands the struggles for students that also work and have extracurriculars.

  2. Great university to work for!

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Salem, OR

    I worked at Willamette University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, full of supportive people who are always looking into how best serve the students. The managers were also very supportive of employee input.

    Cons

    Compensation is not the best, but the cost of living in Salem is very low.
    There seems to be some disconnect in between departments.

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