Willamette University

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Willamette University Reviews in Salem, OR

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  1.  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in Salem, OR

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on things you truly like

    Cons

    Hard to balance work and class load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving students more input

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Student Worker

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Salem, OR

    I worked at Willamette University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low hourly rate, about minimum wage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR

    I worked at Willamette University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Actually 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Student workers valued

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Language Tutor in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Language Tutor in Salem, OR

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Understanding of students' schedules and extracurricular commitments

    Cons

    The student crowd is privileged for the most part

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to be cool, be a manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Intern to the Chaplains Office in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Intern to the Chaplains Office in Salem, OR

    I worked at Willamette University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A unique experience in higher education

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Salem, OR

    I worked at Willamette University

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

    Any 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.

    Disapproves of CEO

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