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Updated Jul 3, 2014

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4.2 9 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Willamette University President Stephen E. Thorsett

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great University

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWillamette is a interesting, progressive school with friendly people. There is a a lot of potential to move to upper management/

    ConsSenior Management was a bit of a hit or miss. There were some really spectacular people and really unimpressive ones.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work

    TEACHERS ASSISTANT (Current Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsOpportunity to work on things you truly like

    ConsHard to balance work and class load

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider giving students more input

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

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    Great people!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork-life balance, vacation time, great people and a progressive place. People at Willamette genuinely try to improve and become better. A place where people want to learn, teach and collaborate.

    ConsLocation can be challenging, Salem isn't the greatest city, but is what you make of it. Many commute from Portland.

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

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    Student Worker

    Student Worker (Former Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsOverall good worker support. Supervisors understand school obligations and are flexible.

    ConsLow hourly rate, about minimum wage.

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

     

    I loved working at WITS Graphic Design as a student.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGained valuable experience that got me a graphic design position almost immediately in a tough market, awesome boss

    ConsJust above minimum wage hourly pay and limited hours, so it would be really really hard to support yourself on this job alone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNever fire Chris Gramlich!

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    I honestly don't know how this place functions from day to day.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsThere are so many people, students, faculty and staff that you can't NOT find people to commune with.

    ConsLow pay for most employees, especially staff workers. Very few opportunities for advancement. Departments are very disorganized and wasteful with funding. HR is a disaster of loose ends that never get solved. The few good managers there are have their hands tied by HR to advance or remove good/bad employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActually manage. Which means making difficult decisions, delegating, and supporting your employees. Sweeping things under the rug for someone else to deal with seems to be everyone's motto here. There is so much dissent between upper management and department leaders that anyone who reads their "all faculty" emails can hear it reverberating from every direction.

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

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    Student workers valued

    Language Tutor (Current Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsUnderstanding of students' schedules and extracurricular commitments

    ConsThe student crowd is privileged for the most part

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't try to be cool, be a manager

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

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    Willamette University offers a variety of employment opportunities for students to advance their leadership skills.

    Intern to the Chaplains Office (Former Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsThere are a variety of job opportunities, from tutoring to interning with an administrative or academic department and doing research. Upper level employees such as professors or department heads are intelligent and interesting people to work for.

    ConsWillamette's payroll department is slow and tedious to work with, making it more complicated than necessary to get paid in a timely manner.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A unique experience in higher education

    Assistant Director of Annual Giving (Former Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsAs an employee of Willamette you will be contributing to the education of 2500+ students at one of the premier regional liberal arts and graduate institutions in the Pacific Northwest. The long list of distinguished alumni, University achievements and a culture of compassion for a lifetime of learning are all big pluses to being a part of the staff. Regardless of the department you are a part of you will play an important role and share in the responsibility of maintaining a high-calibre learning institution. You can't help but feel good about making a difference in the lives of students.

    ConsWhile the mission, vision, and goals of the University are excellent, the University finds itself in the midst of transition and that becomes evident to all employees. Unfortunately there are very noticeable silos that exist - which does not contribute to good communication between departments or units (faculty, administrators, classified staff; different schools). In recent years there has been a vacuum of senior leadership to provide focus and structure to the big picture goals of the University. The result is a splintered employee base; the left hand and right hand are doing two different things. When interviewing it will be important to understand/clarify the promotion process and salary negotiations - two things that are murky and secret from current employees. Willamette is a University that has hired many, many, many of its own alumni.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAny institution of higher education is full of creativity and employees should be treated more as precious resources and less like individuals concerned only with punching their time card. It is a breath of fresh air to see that a new president has been appointed, with time the culture of the University can certainly be shifted to better support employees. However, attention should be given to the necessary house-cleaning that must happen following the tenure of the previous administration.

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