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Stephen E. Thorsett
I have been working at Willamette University part-time for more than 3 years
Pros – Understanding of students' schedules and extracurricular commitments
Cons – The student crowd is privileged for the most part
Advice to Senior Management – Don'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
2013-03-08 17:38 PST
I worked at Willamette University full-time for more than a 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 Senior Management – 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.
2013-06-08 14:01 PDT
I worked at Willamette University as an intern for less than a 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.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-11-25 18:15 PST
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 Senior Management – 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.
2011-09-07 11:39 PDT
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