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Western Michigan University Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
73 Reviews

4.0
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Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great environment, relaxed atmosphere, helping students, great benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, especially with class schedules and student life (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No pay raises or advancement opportunities (in 4 reviews)

  • Work enviroment could get political or clicky, low pay but excellent if just looking to earn spending cash in college (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best experience

    Former Employee - Business Operations Assistant  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Business Operations Assistant in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Western Michigan University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked as a student but was treated like an employee. Created professional relationships and learned skills that attract a lot of attention on my resume.

    Cons

    Worked part time and had no benefits but was a student and they worked with my schedule.

    Recommends
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    Student Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Michigan University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The hours were open so you can pick what suits you best. The people you work for are understanding and will help you if need be.

    Cons

    The student division isn't watched as much and many of the supervisors don't pay much attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a bit more attention to student employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Workplace Community

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Michigan University

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good benefits, great colleagues to work with, the chance to work at a college serving students

    Cons

    Some stagnation for career advancement, less ambition in the workplace than in the private sector

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    WMU has a great environment with a lot of opportunities for growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Michigan University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for learning and professional development.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for professional advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Michigan University

    Pros

    Very liberal, open minded culture.

    Cons

    most of the employees are fake and condescending. Especially the international student center. Just because English is my second language doesn't mean I am dumb. Talk to me like an adult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire English speaking professors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Reporter in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Western Michigan University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned so much about reporting, editing and just becoming a better journalist while I worked here!

    Cons

    Just the fact that it was so under funded kind of sucked.

  8.  

    Great environment to conduct research

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Western Michigan University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Business Information Systems department is interested in helping students any way possible.

    Cons

    A big mix of varying personalities, very small percent of technical staff should reevaluate their communication skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With technology becoming a large part of culture, along with continuous industry growth, it is an exciting time and the ability to communicate this excitement to students and staff is crucial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Technician in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Western Michigan University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly, relaxed environment. The supervisor was a great person and I enjoy everyday.

    Cons

    Some of the employees become lazy and do their best not to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on the employees. The leads don't actually work. They just browse reddit and play gameboy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best experience

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    Former Employee - Preventive Maintenance  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Preventive Maintenance in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Western Michigan University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Study, Work and Life is well balanced

    Cons

    less salary, need more options, needs training for trainees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more opportunity for international students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exceptional Purpose-Driven Working Environment

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    Current Employee - Regional Director  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Western Michigan University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Purpose driven (student- and community-focused), good work-life balance, efficient and dedicated co-workers

    Cons

    Decentralized resources, so it takes some time to get to know the correct individuals to work with for solving larger problems that may be hindering achievement of the University's mission, vision, values, and goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve your employees in decision-making - their ideas are invaluable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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