Western Washington University Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. Baker

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Baker in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Baker in Renton, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. Cashier

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Washington University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  3. Good Place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tutor in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Bellingham, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


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  5. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Assistant in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Computer Assistant in Bellingham, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work was easy, flexible hours

    Cons

    Often had nothing to do


  6. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic faculty, Great program with lots of learning.

    Cons

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


  7. Overall Good, Some Departments are Hit & Miss

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Washington University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Great experience for student workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Bellingham, WA

    I worked at Western Washington University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Western staff and faculty were consistently some of the friendliest and caring people I've worked with. I loved my position as a student employee because my work was appreciated, I felt like I was making an impact on the department, and my boss was so flexible. The staff recognized the fact that student workers are students first, and this flexibility and work life balance was a huge advantage.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons aside from the fact that student employees lose their positions once they graduate—otherwise I might have stayed in beautiful Bellingham!

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring positive, friendly people to continue a wonderful culture at Western Washington University. The warm attitudes and caring nature of the staff and students is what brought me and kept me there.


  9. Friendly

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    Former Employee - Student Janitor in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Student Janitor in Bellingham, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the positive aspects of working at Western Washington University was the work hours, employees, and work environment. The shift was only three hours long, which was perfect for a part time job. My fellow employees and supervisor were mostly friendly and encouraging. The work expected of me was easily explained and easy to handle.

    Cons

    The few downsides to working as an employee for WWU was the shifting positions and supervisors. The first quarter I worked as a student janitor, I was assigned to a supervisor who spoke little English and was hard to understand, as well as impatient and easily annoyed. Thankfully, I was reassigned to a second supervisor who was much clearer and understanding. However, it was located much farther away and was hard for me to reach in time for my shift compared to the closer location of my previous position.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to work on communication between student employees and their supervisors. Instead of merely, relocating the employees, find a compromise between them and their current supervisor. That way, everyone gains some understanding of what they are doing wrong and how they can improve.


  10. I was a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics for the 2013-2014 school year (3 quarters).

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Bellingham, WA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Math TAs get a two-week training course and check-up meetings once per week during the first quarter. Lead instructors can be extremely helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    Lead instructors can also be unhelpful. Fortunately this was not my experience.


  11. Great for Students

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Bellingham, WA

    I have been working at Western Washington University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They really work around your schedule.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for advancement



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