Wayne State Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
160 Reviews
3.6
160 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.  

    Research drive is good, but utilities are a bit lacking.

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is very nice. Advisors are very supporting and helpful. The other graduate students are community oriented and friendly.

    Cons

    Detroit regularly has power and other utility problems. Coordination between different branches is very poor, so it can be hard to get things fixed properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication between different branches would greatly improve the working environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pay ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wayne State

    Pros

    It's nice to work in the city with college students

    Cons

    Parking is high
    union fees
    high insurance

  3.  

    Stable working environment, yet aggravating higher management.

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits package for the University sort of offsets the lower salary a licensed professional would expect. The time off and stability make it all tolerable. I generally work with very nice people, who mostly have the better interest of the University in mind, and whom care about their work.

    Cons

    There are many double standards practiced, contrary to any written Policy and Procedure. The CFO seems to be the most detached with wage, basing it on a production industry. The trend and perception seems to be that newly solicited professionals will be reviewed for appropriate market driven salaries, but consideration to rite the wrongs of previous offers will not be considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher management needs to seriously review and amend the disparity in salary for non-represented professionals, failure to do so will result in the loss of talented and dedicated individuals. Proper review of the licensing and professional criteria should be compared to amend management disparities. A 20K higher wage from a position that has no licensing criteria to a position that does should not be allowed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for part-time student employment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Assistant
    Former Employee - Office Assistant

    I worked at Wayne State part-time

    Pros

    Energetic and positive environment. Culturally diverse people to work with. Can learn a lot from others. Flexible time, work around your class schedule. Convenient location, since classes are right next to you ( if you work in the center of the campus like I did).

    Cons

    Low-pay, no raise, but understandable since the job isn't too hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe consider giving a little bit of a raise to student employees to keep them "liking" their jobs and encouraged to do their best (especially if they been at that job for a long time).

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Free tuition for employees, excellent benefits, great resources, good research, good equipment and support staff, good office environment, fun campus to work in.

    Cons

    Bad weather, HR is not very good,

  7.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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    • 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 an 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
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  9.  

    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 an 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Very good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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

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