Wayne State Reviews in Detroit, MI

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
162 Reviews
3.6
162 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits - the graduate student union makes sure we have the same benefits as the faculty and staff (in 13 reviews)

  • There is a lot of culture and respect in the work environment and you get to learn a lot (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to move up, but sometimes able to move "diagonally" across schools or divisions (in 3 reviews)

  • no opportunities for advancement, low salary, no bonuses, poor company (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working at Wayne State was Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peer Mentor in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Peer Mentor in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diversity, yearly activities, Midtown, CorkTown,Downtown DETROIT, career fairs

    Cons

    Cold Winters, expensive student bookstore -B&N

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Adjunct Faculty Member, Mathematics Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leeway with curriculum for competency courses, friendly, supportive environment, parking reimbursement.

    Cons

    Only part time and therefore low pay and no benefits, you never know what your schedule will be (or if you'll have a job) from semester to semester, can be difficult to teach for some of the less competent professors, none of the benefits of being a student or a full time WSU employee (tuition assistance, gym access, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having fewer, more competent, full time adjuncts would be beneficial to the department, but i'm sure it would not make sense fiscally for the department to add full time positions with benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No Experience Required - Resume Builder

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Help Desk Supervisor in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Help Desk Supervisor in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Understanding immediate bosses, Continuous professional development, Options to work on many different projects, Different forms of compensation (e.g. housing paid for)

    Cons

    Not many options for moving up, Higher departments make decisions (that sound good to them on paper) over smaller ones when they do not understand the smaller departments, Limited to the number of hours that we can work when we are in school also

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to higher management would be to take more time to learn about the departments beneath you before you make decisions that govern how they function, because sometimes, those new rules make our jobs extremely inefficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lack of respect for employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Accessibility of fitness equipment and showers.
    Lots of activities & information is available at the front desk, leading you to be more in-the-loop with campus events.

    Cons

    Leadership does not invest much time/effort into employee satisfaction and seems to have very little tolerance/respect for student employees.
    Time off is tough to come by unless you set your availability before you start working there
    You can bet on not making a penny over minimum wage here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Host employee appreciation events/parties.
    Spend some time getting to know employees personally, since they are the key to your success.
    Consider alternate methods for addressing concerns with employees.
    Get more sleep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The worse job I ever had

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

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Students were reasons to work at the university

    Cons

    NO support training or ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your Human Resource Dept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    So much potential but such little direction and support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great research facility, great people

    Cons

    Very difficult to implement new processes; too much red tape.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Never really sure who had my back and who held the knife.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, like 403(b) match where employee contributes 5% and WSU matches with 10%, and FSAs for health and dependent care. Also had a lot of flexibility in choosing to work from home or office whenever feasible.

    Cons

    Dean of the College was a cold-hearted, manipulative idiot. Parking is expensive and either dilapidated or under major construction. Street parking at your own risk.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    World-class experience working along side some of the greatest minds from around the world.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff and students from all corners of the globe unified as one warrior family across hundreds of disciplines driving Wayne State to the forefront in many sectors.

    Cons

    Some departments express a strong micromanagement system that inhibits the expression of new and potentially innovative processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Associate with all employes, not just immediate supervisory staff in the department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful place with many opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Custodain in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Custodain in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free classes for full-time employees

    Cons

    Limited free credit hours per semester for full-time employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Long time goal

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Library Technician in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Library Technician in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small office & know all of the people who work in the building. Meet many of the students & faculty.

    Cons

    Weird hours. Tough to advance at this specific location.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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