Western Oregon University
3.4 of 5 10 reviews
www.wou.edu Monmouth, OR 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    Good place to work

    Office Assistant (Current Employee)
    Monmouth, OR

    ProsPeople are nice. And Office culture is nice. But I don't think will be personal growth.

    ConsNo. There is no training, but I think the job is not too hard, just communicate with student and professors. The leadership need to improve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think the campus is a little bit small, so sometimes the process is slow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A quaint campus with engaged students . . . but there are very few resources to go around.

    Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Monmouth, OR

    ProsThe tenure requirements are heavily weighted toward teaching.
    Some departments allow for a high degree of autonomy re: teaching.
    A concerted effort to publish is likely rewarded with less expectations for institutional service.
    Low research requirements (if you're into that).

    ConsThe salary here for an Assistant Professor is perhaps the lowest in the country - it is obscene, really. New Assistant Professor salary at WOU: $42,000.
    Sharing of resources equally is often the go-to rather than merit based pay.
    Low enrollment in many programs in summer mean no guaranteed summer teaching opportunities.
    If you're into publication and research you'll be recognized and quickly tenured in many departments; however, you'll likely be doing it largely alone as many other faculty don't pursue research as a way to advance their careers.
    Relatively few opportunities in many departments for socializing and community building . . . Monmouth is not Portland.
    With the breakup of the OUS system (2014), financial future is in question.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe union and faculty would increase new faculty retention dramatically by raising the salary. Folks often leave quickly as they can make far more money at comparable institutions with the same amount of service/teaching/research. To retain good professors who love teaching but are also active members of their field, you must increase salaries.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Physical Plant Custodial (Current Employee)
    Monmouth, OR

    ProsResponsible for cleaning restrooms, classrooms, and offices

    ConsThis work is not related to my professional, my major is computer science

    Advice to Senior ManagementI can adjust to fast-paced environment and labor shortage situation with ability to do the work of two people

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    WOU comfortable, good location

    Instructor of Mathematics (Former Employee)
    Monmouth, OR

    ProsNice co-workers, wonderful valley with plenty to do in free time--hiking, camping, beach, skiing

    ConsSmall school, not much room to develop professionally, grow technically, publish.

    Advice to Senior Managementcan't comment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsI really felt like I was part of the team, even though it was temporary. Faculty and admin, alike, are invested in the success of the students.

    ConsStudent pay without benefits, but it keeps you motivated to get your degree!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good University to be at.

    Cashier (Former Employee)
    Monmouth, OR

    ProsThey work around your schedule in whatever way they can.

    ConsSome of the student employees did not seem to care.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice People, Low Passion

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are nice to work with. Most co-workers are humble, willing to help. A lot of good workers in many departments. Some professors are very knowledgeable.

    ConsThis university needs to add more passion to increase its quality, especially engineering related departments. Too stable can cause laziness.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unrealized potential

    Faculty (Former Employee)
    Monmouth, OR

    ProsMany faculty and staff have integrity and are committed to helping students who show initiative to succeed.

    ConsBurnout among faculty and staff is common due to working environment in which the reward for good work is to have more work assigned.
    Upper administration unwilling or unable to engage in effective strategic planning.
    Upper administration focused on reducing costs and maintaining the status quo, rather than stimulating and rewarding innovation and making strategic investments for the future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish a strategic plan in cooperation with engaged faculty and staff, and then invest in that plan.
    Offer meaningful rewards to all employees who engage and innovate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to work, though maybe not the highest pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Monmouth, OR

    ProsGreat campus, nice staff, good benefits, mostly relaxed (yet professional) atmosphere.

    ConsOn the low side for pay, not many training opportunities, zero opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training opportunities, more opportunities for advancement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Treatment of faculty

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work schedule, lots of autonomy, interesting projects, supportive colleagues.

    ConsNo room for advancement; new hires are often hired in at higher salaries than current faculty; no structure to increase income with attainment of advanced degree. Faculty are forced to leave WOU in order to advance their careers. Aging faculty and no incentives in place to recruit or retain young talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a structure so that salaries can be increased as level of responsibility and/or education increases. Create incentives for young staff/ faculty to obtain PhDs. Do not hire in new staff/faculty at higher rates than current employees-- the current policy diminishes morale and pushes employees to leave WOU.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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