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  1. 3.0
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    Course Mentor

    Dec 17, 2015 - Course Mentor in Salt Lake City, UT
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    Pros

    great to work from home, nice flexibility of schedule other then being requirement of 10hrs. of "non-traditional" hours. Paid travel twice yearly.

    Cons

    The pay could definitely be better, mentors make much less than what you would in a traditional university. Management has a business focus not an educational focus. Your bonus depends on how much the student needed, wanted, or was able to put in their own effort in making progress in their degree programs. There are student who just simply can make it through this competency-based programs without needing much from their mentor. Likewise, there are also some very poor students and despite all the support you give them, the do not succeed. It can be a difficult pill to swallow to know that your pay depends on how well or poorly the students in the overall university or in your specific college do. Also, not much room for advancement, tuition reimbursement is a joke.

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Culture and opportunities

    Dec 3, 2022 - Program Mentor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommend
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    Pros

    WGU offers a very supportive top-down culture and many opportunities for professional growth. They invest in their employees.

    Cons

    Consistent changes in processes and programs for the benefit of employees and students. It is important to embrace change and realize that you will have the tools and support to be successful.

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    It Depends on Which Department You Work For

    Dec 3, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    There is a certain level of autonomy that I enjoy. I am fully remote. I get to interact with several departments across the university which is fun.

    Cons

    The pay is not up to snuff with the other higher education institutions. This could very well only apply to certain positions, but the requirements for certain roles are also ridiculous and the opposite of equitable. Just compare some similar positions with say, Harvard. One would think that an institution like Harvard would have one of the more stringent "check every box" hiring requirements, but they don't because they realize not everyone who is intelligent and very capable at their job doesn't have a formal degree. It's called "equal work experience" or "preferred" instead of "required." A lot of talent being left out of this work place.

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