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Western Washington University Reviews in Bellingham, WA

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
43 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people to work with, very flexible.

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    Current Employee - Student Employee  in  Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexible with work schedule around class schedule. You get to speak with your peers and help them out. Sometimes you get to do homework while you work.

    Cons

    The work can get monotonous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please add 1 sick day a school year to student employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Growing Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    Working at WWU allowed me to interact with students and faculty daily. There were always opportunities to grow in my field and professors that supported me. Super flexible.

    Cons

    Some of the faculty were much less willing to work with undergraduate students. Some of the students who would come for help were not very pleasant but that will happen anywhere you are engaging customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for a great two years.

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    best people to work with

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    Former Employee - AS Communications Assistant  in  Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - AS Communications Assistant in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    great team work, culture, and encouraged to grow both professionally and personally.

    Cons

    too many bureaucratic procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give the students more freedom to change policies or communicate bureaucratic procedures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Rec Center Employee

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant  in  Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility towards a students schedule and needs, positive reinforcement, an educational work environment that's inclusive instead of exclusive

    Cons

    Lack of communication between faculty members/departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and mutual promotion of events and activities between different sports/activities/departments/office/students/university at large would greatly increase member participation and increase numbers of incoming users at the Rec Center.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Faculty Assistant

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    Former Employee - Faculty Assistant  in  Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Faculty Assistant in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, low stress, friendly faculty. Great opportunity for extra practice and a good way to gain exposure to experiences you normally wouldn't have access to.

    Cons

    There's more work to be done during the times your own class coursework intensifies. Few if any opportunities offered to move around.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great student jobs available

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant - Software Services  in  Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant - Software Services in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    - Easy to find a job if you're a student
    - Flexible schedules at most jobs

    Cons

    - The University has recently put a pay freeze on all student jobs, effectively halting all wage increases for student employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fitness Attendant

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    Current Employee - Fitness Attendant  in  Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Fitness Attendant in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    Great supervisors who will guide you and help you when you have any questions. Working at the Wade King Student Recreation Center is a fun, straight-forward job.

    Cons

    Can get boring. Not to challenging. Don't let this scare you off though, it's a perfect job for an entry-level student who wants fitness or aquatic experience on their resume.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Job and Good Team

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    Former Employee - Desk Attendant  in  Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Desk Attendant in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    Worked with School Schedule
    Good way to meet peers

    Cons

    Not very many hours available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow Desk Attendants to do more in the community

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Western is a Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant  in  Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    WWU is one of the best employers in Bellingham. Compensation is (so I hear) low relative to other universities, but for Bellingham, it's very good. For benefited employees, the benefits are great, especially if your position is exempt. Staff in many cases have it better than faculty when it comes to overall compensation (other than tenured faculty of course). Work-life balance is understood, so it's a great workplace for someone with a family.

    Cons

    The normal schedule is 8AM to 5PM. That can be difficult for people with young children in school; but with the right supervisor and the right kind of position, a different start time can often be negotiated. Many positions are part-time and have no benefits; but positions open up quite frequently and once you're "in" at Western, you're encouraged to apply for positions when they become available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professional development is very important for all levels of staff, especially for retention; learning should be encouraged beyond offering support for taking courses at Western. Keep seeking to forge ties with the community around you, in formal and informal ways.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Met my expectations but wasn't impressed.

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    Former Employee - Business Calculus Study Group Facilitator  in  Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Business Calculus Study Group Facilitator in Bellingham, WA

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

    Pros

    beautiful campus, a lot of freedom in how we structured our sessions.

    Cons

    many students don't care, it's just a class they have to pass.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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