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"Not the ideal place to work, even for a university cafeteria."

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

I worked at Ferris State University part-time

Pros

Flexible work hours, work around school schedule. Close to campus, walking distance from many of the dorms. Extremely easy to get in, no interview, just have to fill out some paperwork.

Cons

Often drama because most employees are college students. Management is not very helpful and often in a bad mood, tend to play favorites and sometimes rude to the student employees. Boring and often tedious work. No room for advancement, no raises, pay is not what it should be for the workload. Minimum wage unless you are a student supervisor. Often stressful. Strict rule for a cafeteria, must wear black shirt underneath work coat, no painted nails, no facial piercings, only two piercings allowed on ears, no earrings larger than a dime. Even if you are not working with customers. Have to wear this hideous black hat with flames that tends to get in the way. Their motto: "Breaks are a privilege." Yes, you may work 6 hours and not get a break. Occasionally have screw-ups when it comes to switching hours with other students. Even if someone signs off that they are taking your shift it's possible you'll still get blamed if they don't show up. They're organization needs work, too. They still called me for a week after I quit asking why I wasn't at work. You think they'd write it down somewhere that I no longer worked there.

Advice to Management

Be less strict, it's a college cafeteria. Most of the people who see the workers are other college students. Also, treat all employees fairly, no favorites, and maybe act like you actually like being at work.

Other Employee Reviews for Ferris State University

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall - good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professor
    Former Employee - Professor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ferris State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For a university - leadership pretty accessible. Friendly and helpful staff and faculty. Small town feel - many people have been there ten years or more. Not overly bureaucratic. Room for self initiative. A lot of really good "teachers".

    Cons

    Lots of interim management. A bit adversarial in union negotiations. On the other hand - union was unnecessarily combative.

    President made a lot of noise when he came in about being real collaborative and seeking the voice of staff and faculty. Mostly smoke and mirrors - sought the advice, but ignored it as best i can tell.

    Advice to Management

    Deans have got to be held more accountable and more of an advocate for their staff and faculty. A bit of the King of the Silo effect.


  2. "Decent places to work for while attending college."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They are always very good about working around your classes and schedule. In most cases they don't mind if you need to call in.

    Cons

    There is very little room to grow. In most cases the jobs are paying minimum wage and offer small raises.

    Advice to Management

    If I had to offer Ferris advice. It would be to pay closer attention to how much work the student employees do.

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