Saginaw Valley State University Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Adjunct Faculty

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in University Center, MI
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in University Center, MI

    I worked at Saginaw Valley State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Pros

    Nice place to teach. I taught online classes and the full-time faculty were very supportive when a class I taught needed updating. They helped in get and keep me ontrack in its redesign. The students there make it enjoyable.

    Cons

    Adjunct pay and benefits could be improved but it is pretty much the same everywhere if you work as an adjunct. You work on a semester by semester basis and if student enrollment drops in your area full-time faculty may teach the course instead.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to really to add here.

  2. Great benefits and flexible hours.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Center, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Center, MI

    I have been working at Saginaw Valley State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent and the option to change your work schedule is great. As an AP staff, you get 15 hours of vacation a month! Can't beat the 12% the university pays towards your retirement account.

    Cons

    Pay is a little low compared to the private sector, especially if your working in the IT department. Don't expect to make anywhere close to what you could get at a private company locally. But, I expect that is because the benefits are so good.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary of your employees, as this would keep retention rates higher.

  3. Great people, Great experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Graphic Designer in University Center, MI
    Former Employee - Student Graphic Designer in University Center, MI

    I worked at Saginaw Valley State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The SVSU network is tight-knit, but also large. Networking is a huge plus here. I started as a student graphic designer for the University Communications department, and remained there for the length of my college education. The knowledge and experience I gained from my superiors was priceless. My supervisor but me in contact with a company here in Saginaw, and I graduated from SVSU with a job.

    Cons

    None come to mind at the moment.

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  5. Overall, it's a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Librarian in University Center, MI
    Current Employee - Librarian in University Center, MI

    I have been working at Saginaw Valley State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Small--everyone knows you. They give entry level people a chance to succeed. They rarely post ridiculous qualifications for entry level jobs. What is lacking in salaries is made up in benefits which are generally better than other places of the same size.

    Cons

    They like to hire within and will shift people around to fill a spot. Sometimes, it is good to look outside SVSU and hire people with unique experiences, especially for management or mid-management positions. In my particular department, there is little room for growth--I'd need to go outside of my area, if something opened up that I was qualified to do.

    Advice to Management

    See "cons."

  6. Great Benefits!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in University Center, MI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in University Center, MI

    I worked at Saginaw Valley State University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I always found them to be fair, with a good work environment. They offer great benefits and time off. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There were a lot of office politics. You always have to remember the pecking order.

  7. Working at Saginaw Valley has been a great way to get real-world experience while attending school.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Classroom Support in University Center, MI
    Current Employee - Classroom Support in University Center, MI

    I have been working at Saginaw Valley State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexibility with Schedule
    - Great Experience

    Cons

    -none that I can think of

  8. The people and benefits are great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Center, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Center, MI

    I have been working at Saginaw Valley State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I can't stress enough how great the people are. The work environment is more laid back than the private sector. The benefits are great. Time off is hardly ever denied and there is plenty of it. Tuition benefits, medical, dental, etc are awesome as well as work schedule flexibility. In ITS, there are opportunities for training every year.

    Cons

    One of the biggest down sides for working here is the lack of professional development, recognition, and incentive. I was told coming in there was no room for advancement and it was true. The salary could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Give your very talented professionals a chance to grow. There are a lot of them.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Not as good as I would have hoped!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Center, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Center, MI

    I have been working at Saginaw Valley State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is a beautiful campus and the people, for the most part, are good people. The campus has a lot of potential.

    Cons

    The potential for growth is great but the commitment is not there. There are obstacles to becoming the best and apathy in the administration is overwhelming the university. They talk of being great but are not committed to being the best.

    Advice to Management

    My experience is in athletics. SVSU speaks of being better than Grand Valley but SVSU doesn't even come close to being like Grand Valley. The lack of support in leadership positions is overwhelming. The lack of support financially is also overwhelming. Instead of fighting to beat opponents the fight is with budgeting, salaries, materials, administration and more.

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