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Wayne State Reviews in Detroit, MI

Updated January 9, 2015
Updated January 9, 2015
174 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.  

    A good place to work but like most higher ed, rife with red tape.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, tuition assistance, generous time off for assorted reasons (illness, vacation, holidays), holiday closure between Christmas and New Year's, campus life, access to training, access to education and information, a lot of nice people who have longevity.

    Cons

    Yearly cutbacks in departments, frequent hiring freezes university-wide, bureaucracy and departments designed to handle bureaucracy, high parking fees for employees, disorganized review process, union bumping in many departments after layoffs, "we've always done it this way" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jump out of "we've always done it this way" and learn to move in a more stream-lined fashion. Cut bulk out of departments and encourage fresh perspectives where it counts, not just in the academic sector but also in the staff sector. Be more transparent with business decisions (especially force reductions) and don't shrug off suggestions from younger or seasoned employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wayne State provides endless opportunities for its students and faculty.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is always something happening at Wayne. It is in the heart of the city and the opportunities at the university are endless.

    Cons

    I would change the hours that available to be. i worked under a budgets so there was a limit to the amount of hours I could work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stagnant growth, low morale

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

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

    Pros

    Retirement matching is excellent, as are the choices of health benefits. Good place to get experience. 100% tuition reimbursment is great to further your education.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, but sometimes able to move "diagonally" across schools or divisions. Union bumping rights, even in professional positions, causes too many disruptions and lowers morale. Performance bonus increase freezes for the past five years leads to doing bare minimum work in many cases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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

    I worked at Wayne State part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment to work in.

    Cons

    Insufficient weekly hours and unable to finish numerous research tax

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase benefits to student staff

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good experience

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

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment to work, and you can receive good advise from the professors and classmates. Also, the benefit is good.

    Cons

    Weather is not too good, you can not stay outside for a while since it is too cold. The safety also need some concern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall enjoyed my time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy freeway access and close to downtown restaurants and culture

    Cons

    Often felt uneasy walking through campus alone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Adjunct Faculty Member, Mathematics Department

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    • 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
  9.  

    Working at Wayne State was Decent

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    • 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
  10.  

    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 a 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
  11.  

    Lack of respect for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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

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