Western Washington University Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard
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Pros
  • It is a great place to work, and a great place to live because it is located in one the most beautiful parts of the country (in 3 reviews)

  • Flexibility towards a students schedule and needs, positive reinforcement, an educational work environment that's inclusive instead of exclusive (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Did not receive very many hours (in 2 reviews)

  • At times they expected too much from a part time position (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educator in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Educator in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Western Washington University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Student-oriented culture. Most divisions have supportive culture and empowerment for employees. Creativity, innovation and even eccentricity valued.

    Cons

    Limited state and private funding with lots of ups and downs. The downs mean RIFs.


  2. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mathematics

    Former Employee - EXPERIENCE Graduate Teaching Assistant in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - EXPERIENCE Graduate Teaching Assistant in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Western Washington University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment to grow and learn how to teach math. You are supported with wonderful experienced instructors.

    Cons

    It can be rough jumping into teaching to quickly and managing your own classes.


  3. Instructor, WWU

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    location, location, location, location, location

    Cons

    isolation... little community support in improving teaching practices.


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  5. Baker

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Baker in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Baker in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Washington University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good management and friendly staff.

    Cons

    Close knit employees so can feel intimidating when you first start.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to employee suggestions.


  6. Peer Advisor

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Peer Advisor in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Peer Advisor in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Western Washington University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very flexible, laid back, nice to work with other students

    Cons

    only about 8 hours a week


  7. Cashier

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good service and area of work is nice

    Cons

    Bad customers and some co workers not cooperatice

    Advice to Management

    Better organization


  8. Good Place

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Western Washington University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a tutor they were very flexible with scheduling around classes. The community and the students were both outstanding. I gained in knowledge through the process.

    Cons

    I think compensation could be a bit higher for the content we were providing for other students. If students had to get their own tutors, they would have had to pay at least 2.5 times what we were making.

    Advice to Management

    Keep checking in with us about how we are doing. Provide a few more opportunities for us to take on leadership positions.


  9. Review

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    Former Employee - Computer Assistant in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Computer Assistant in Bellingham, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Washington University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work was easy, flexible hours

    Cons

    Often had nothing to do


  10. Great Masters Program

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Washington University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic faculty, Great program with lots of learning.

    Cons

    I can not think of any bad things about this program.


  11. Overall Good, Some Departments are Hit & Miss

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Washington University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding, including the retirement plan. There is a lot of emphasis on employee empowerment and the campus is a beautiful plan to come to every day.

    Cons

    There are lot of people that have held the same positions for 20+ years. In some cases, this has created a stagnant environment where change is next to impossible. Because of the autonomy given to many, some Departments are terrific while others are not.

    Advice to Management

    Steer clear of the politics and pitting one Department against another. Transparency is the key here. WWU need more of it and more people willing to make decisions that benefit the entire University and not just one group.



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