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Widener Reviews

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
12 Reviews
3.1
12 Reviews
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James T. Harris III
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  1.  

    Great people, excellent benefits, excellent CEO working on its problems.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, PA

    I have been working at Widener full-time

    Pros

    Widener has a lot of wonderful people working for it who are very dedicated to their jobs. President Harris is doing a herculean job of addressing many of the problems Widener faced when he first became President in 2003, and it is a much better institution after his 11 years as president. The job benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The economic downturn affected Widener significantly, as it did all institutions of higher education. Lack of money has hampered this institution in terms of operating funds and salaries, and this can be discouraging. This is partially made up for by the president's approach of highly valuing employees and their contributions. However, there always seems to be a lack of money to do some of the innovative projects that could happen at this university to make it a better place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Professor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Widener

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    NO support, Judgmental boss, close minded, unwilling to change to meet new ways of conducting business.

  3.  

    Think twice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Widener full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Really 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not what is claimed

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    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Chester, PA

    I have been working at Widener as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Claim 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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Some absolutely fantastic people and a great mission.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Widener

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Constantly Expanding

    Current Employee - Administrator
    Current Employee - Administrator

    I have been working at Widener full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  8.  

    I really liked it and the environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Widener

    Pros

    Great work environment and fun

    Cons

    Dont really have any really

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  9.  

    Lots of opportunity for innovation and making a difference.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Widener full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Communication 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Advancement opportunities are limited, only available to faculty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Administration in Chester, PA

    I have been working at Widener full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, usually get christmas week off

    Cons

    lack of advancement opportunities, lack of continuing education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make advancement and continuing education a priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    it's a job not a career

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    Current Employee - Campus Safety Officer in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Campus Safety Officer in Chester, PA

    I have been working at Widener full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    easy job, uniforms provided, possibility to earn a degree

    Cons

    boring and repetitive, no raises this year. favortism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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