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Eastern Michigan University Reviews

Updated October 27, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great People, Great Environment, Office Culture is Awesome" (in 10 reviews)

  • "flexible schedule, friendly people, great networking opportunities" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "minimum wage and having to work with unreliable people" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Low pay scale in relation to industry" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The Department was organized and helped me settle in smoothly

    Cons

    Wish there was more office space for adjuncts and lecturers


  2. "Accountatnt"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Michigan University full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and the pay is decent

    Cons

    Poor management, very low employee morale

    Advice to Management

    Go to management training

  3. "Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Michigan University part-time

    Pros

    Good work and school balance. Great people working at EMU.

    Cons

    No cons to share, except that parking can be hard to find.


  4. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Michigan University full-time

    Pros

    The employees are very committed and positive toward each other. The students are great.

    Cons

    The lack of promotional opportunities.


  5. "Colleagues and Students are great but..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Michigan University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I truly love what I do. Students are wonderful. My colleagues are supportive. The union gives a 100+% to fight for our needs.

    Cons

    *Upper administration and Board of Regents appear to not care about students, faculty and staff. They have been hell-bent on cutting and outsourcing.
    *Lack of respect for lecturers. We are often informed of our course load 2 weeks prior to the beginning of a term. Sometimes even less. This causes ALL kinds of problems. It makes it difficult to prep for classes and order books. It often means payroll mistakes because paperwork isn't properly prepared (due to the continual reduction in clerical staffing).
    *University increasingly being run like a corporation seeing itself above the community at large.
    *Lack of professional development for part-time adjuncts and no pathway to move into even a full-time lecturer position. Forget about tenure-track.

    Advice to Management

    Right size administration. Find your cajones and pull out of the MAC, cause our students shouldn't be subsidizing a failing football team to appear on ESPN on Thursday evening. Wake up! Its not pulling new students to the university. Upper admin, consider a pay cut! Some of you are making more than enough to live in Southeastern Michigan. You can take a pay cut far quicker than your adjuncts and lower administrative staff.


  6. "Research Graduate Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Graduate Assistant in Ypsilanti, MI
    Current Employee - Research Graduate Assistant in Ypsilanti, MI
    Recommends

    I have been working at Eastern Michigan University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot, no pressure, culturally diversified academic environment.

    Cons

    The Business Analytics field needs more support on all aspects: technical courses, research funding and up-to-date tools like Hadoop and Tableau.


  7. "Gallery Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Ypsilanti, MI
    Former Employee - Assistant in Ypsilanti, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Michigan University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a great place to learn about the field.

    Cons

    Sometimes (especially pre exhibit opening) could be long hours

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Adjunct"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Eastern Michigan University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free tuition after 2 semesters

    Cons

    Disorganized. Other staff/professors act like high school girls.


  9. "GA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastern Michigan University part-time

    Pros

    Weekly stipend
    Make own hours

    Cons

    Nothing - perfect job for a graduate student


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Michigan University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learning opportunity is immense

    Cons

    Low salary as the projects are poorly funded

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunity for growth