Widener

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Widener Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2014
Widener – New York – “office space”

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3.3 10 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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James T. Harris III

(5 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Some absolutely fantastic people and a great mission.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPresident Harris sets a great tone. There are some great folks there.

    ConsThe alumni can be difficult. Widener had previously been Pennsylvanla Military College, and the PMC alumni are not all too keen on what has become of their school.

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

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    Think twice

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsThe culture of Widener is great. The President understands that the university is fighting an uphill battle because of location but refuses to give up the fight. It is an admirable approach.

    ConsAs an employee there are many problems at the university. The first is basic HR functions. You will never receive an employee handbook, you will track your yearly attendance on a paper card similar to grade school attendance roll, and you will never get a straight answer about regular benefits questions from anyone in the department.

    The administration does not believe in closing for inclement weather. As a parent, if you child school is closed or delayed for weather you are required to use your vacation time.

    The university is very decentralized for it to be small university. There is not much crossing sharing of departments unless you are part of senior leadership. Departments work in silos.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReally think about your employees and question if you are providing them the best opportunities for growth and development as one of the leading employment within the city of Chester.

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

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    Not what is claimed

    Visiting Assistant Professor (Current Employee) Chester, PA

    ProsGreat students. Faculty are mostly friendly with very notable exceptions. Upper admin is sometimes helpful.

    ConsClaim to be student-focused. In truth the upper administration could care less about the students.
    Claim to be undergrduate-focused. In truth upper admin pushes research, research, and research.
    Claim to have low student/faculty ratio. In truth the faculty size is artificially inflated because they have few full-time proffs but literally hundreds of adjuncts (one department alone has over 40 adjunct professors).

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constantly Expanding

    Administrator (Current Employee)

    ProsUniversity has continued to grow to try to stay competitive with area schools.

    ConsUnfortunately, despite how it may be spun, the surrounding area is really not safe.

     

    I really liked it and the environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment and fun

    ConsDont really have any really

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

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    Advancement opportunities are limited, only available to faculty

    Administration (Current Employee) Chester, PA

    ProsGood benefits, usually get christmas week off

    Conslack of advancement opportunities, lack of continuing education

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake advancement and continuing education a priority.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of opportunity for innovation and making a difference.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany dedicated employees who want to impact students positively. Fabulous president with a great vision and strong ethics. Great employer. Wonderful benefits. Students are great.

    ConsCommunication needs a lot of work. Because there is no central directory of employers and the website needs work, finding people to collaborate with is exasperating. The university truly wants to move forward and innovate; however, people are held back by "the Widener Way"--bureaucratic obstacles that slow down change.

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

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    it's a job not a career

    Campus Safety Officer (Current Employee) Chester, PA

    Proseasy job, uniforms provided, possibility to earn a degree

    Consboring and repetitive, no raises this year. favortism

    Advice to Senior Managementthey should start random drug testing of everyone, require a writing test and physical before hiring, promotions should be merit based

    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 very solid place to work

    Professor (Former Employee) Chester, PA

    ProsAcademia is generally a great job, no matter where you're doing it, but the university has an above average collegial feel.

    Consthe multi-campus nature of the univ.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Campus Job

    Tutor (Current Employee) Chester, PA

    ProsFlex hours and good pay

    Consboring paper work and bi-weekly pay

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

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