Washburn University Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    beautiful campus with great facilities and wonderful people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washburn University as an intern

    Pros

    The people who work here are very friendly and helpfull. Management is very enjoyable to work for.

    Cons

    work life balance and compensation

  2.  

    Interested in maintaining enrollment not quality of education

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor
    Current Employee - Associate Professor

    I have been working at Washburn University full-time

    Pros

    Low standard of living in Topeka is good for low pay

    Cons

    Administration is heavy handed and cares little for faculty; was there for 10 years and more than half we weere on a salary freeze because of budget issues but llts of impressive building going onon campus with the explanation that these are different budgets; true but pathetic morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of faculty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great environment, no benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washburn University full-time

    Pros

    Working at Washburn was great. My department was intimate and everyone was very professional and kind.

    Cons

    As an adjunct lecturer, I received absolutely no benefits and the pay wasn't fabulous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits!

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  5.  

    Great experience, very time intensive

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor  in  Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at Washburn University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Teaching is a great experience and helps professionals hone skills they may not in an office setting.

    Cons

    Preparing lectures and grading is very time intensive. The pay for adjuncts is ridiculously low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While budgets are tight, make the pay more in line with the effort required to do the job well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Hired for expertise. Never allowed to use it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washburn University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People were pleasant to a point, decent salary, very strong school spirit

    Cons

    far too many meetings, either too much or too little independence, no one willing to listen to expertise of the one hired to be the expert

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace people who have ideas. Support them. Be willing to let them have enough independence to take risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Highly political which often gets in the way of more important issues.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washburn University

    Pros

    good pay, interesting students, good cafeteria, nice gym, cool computers

    Cons

    too political, no diversity, too many meetings, inconsistency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    A hidden gem in higher education

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at Washburn University

    Pros

    I have worked for Washburn in several capacities since 2004. In all cases, I have my work enormously rewarding. As a faculty member, I found Washburn offers a reasonable salary with excellent benefits. Support for travel , research, and professional development, as well as for student travel, is extraordinary. I recommend Washburn without reservation.

    Cons

    Change can be slow and change by committee even slower, and that is as true at Washburn as it is at other universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge that a paradigm shift took place in higher ed almost two decades ago. Embrace opportunities to offer students more technology, more opportunities for flexible schedules -- in short, work towards deceloping an increasingly innovative culture.

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