Western Illinois University

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Western Illinois University Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
35 Reviews
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35 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was easy, exciting, and fulfilling to work for Western Illinois University.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Macomb, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Macomb, IL

    I worked at Western Illinois University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very Laid back if you got your work done on time
    Could easily get time off if requested before
    Very close knit departments

    Cons

    Can be pretty dull fairly often
    work loads would come in waves from being dead boring to super crunch time in a snap of a finger
    They tried to force many older workers into early retirement

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Unethical employment, administrative and educational practices.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Illinois University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the students are wonderful at this university. The campus is safe. The working hours are good. If you can keep hush, tolerate cronyism, and succumb to extremely unethical politics, then this is definitely the place for you.

    Cons

    Highly unethical practices are ongoing at this institution. This university is a low-paying, civil service environment, and it does not properly address and resolve issues that are brought to upper management and the administration's attention.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A lot of politics and bureaucracy at Western, but a good employer for many people in an area with few opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Clerk
    Current Employee - Clerk

    I have been working at Western Illinois University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent healthcare, good opportunity if you aren't looking for a very high paying position. There are many good people working at Western. There are most likely departments at Western with more positive atmosphere, but I can't speak for them. One perk I enjoy (when I am given the opportunity and time to do so) is the ability to take up to six credit hours of classes through Western with a tuition waiver. If you can make up the time, you can take at least three credit hours during work hours. I've had to give up that option as I was usually given a hard time but higher ups for wanting to move around my schedule slightly. Good vacation, time off and holiday policies if you work in a department that will work with you so you can take the time.

    Cons

    Low pay and little opportunity for advancement. In my department, there tends to be a lot of negativity, I'm no fan of gossip. It's difficult to get work done when there is so much red tape to get through. This is not necessarily out of the ordinary for public institutions, but it is quite frustrating at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intramural Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Intramural Supervisor in Macomb, IL
    Former Employee - Intramural Supervisor in Macomb, IL

    I worked at Western Illinois University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very student oriented and willing to work around busy schedules.

    Cons

    Not more then twenty hours every two weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More incentives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Illinois University

    Pros

    Nice campus, friendly people. Compensation was lacking

    Cons

    Somewhat under funded especially for graduate assistants

  7.  

    I was great working at Western Illinois University as a Teaching Assistant during my education.

    Former Employee - E-Business SAP Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - E-Business SAP Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Western Illinois University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, career growth, equality, encouraging.

    Cons

    Balance between my studies, teaching and maintaining a good GPA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Giving more responsibility.

  8.  

    University doesn't serve students the way they deserve

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macomb, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macomb, IL

    I worked at Western Illinois University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small network, decent benefits package, employees like to have fun outside of the work, train to Chicago, students at the university will really open up to employees who can show they care

    Cons

    Staff nickel and dimes students, all about making money, people in leadership have been so for too long, confusing work/life balance when seeing boss outside of work at all times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of people who are only focused on money, review employees at the AVP level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good school if you're willing to work.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Macomb, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Macomb, IL

    I have been working at Western Illinois University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, lots of different types of jobs available. Teaching assistants receive a tuition waiver and stipend. Great way to gain teaching and lab experience.

    Cons

    Workload can exceed expectations and training for first time teaching assistants is limited to a two day seminar. The monthly stipend is small, and housing in the area can be expensive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Job to Raise a Family

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    Current Employee - Business Related in Macomb, IL
    Current Employee - Business Related in Macomb, IL

    I have been working at Western Illinois University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent medical, vacation, and sick benefits. Great work schedule for faculty, staff, and administrators - 37.5 hours per week for full-time staff is great for family life.

    Cons

    Management structure is VERY poor. Management doesn't know what the people under them do, which makes it difficult for them to make wise, informed decisions.

    Pay is also bad for many positions compared to national averages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't hurt to post job openings to get an applicant before moving people who you think are doing a good job when you really don't even know what they are doing anyway!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Teaching assistant and graduate student.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Macomb, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Macomb, IL

    I worked at Western Illinois University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a decent salary for working at WIU. It is a small town, the people are friendly. It is working distance from everyhing and you always use the bus.

    Cons

    It is a small town, if you are someone who like the city, this will not neccesarely be for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No coment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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