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"A unique experience in higher education"

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Former Employee - Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Salem, OR
Former Employee - Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Salem, OR
Disapproves of CEO

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 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.

Other Employee Reviews for Willamette University

  1. "Former Collections Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great introduction to many different aspects of running a small art museum.

    Cons

    Very small staff of older, full-time workers. Not many opportunities to work with fellow students or others learning the same things.

    Advice to Management

    Schedule both interns together once a week.


  2. "Barista at Bistro"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    amazing community and heart of my willamette experience!

    Cons

    sometimes disorganized, also with change over in management so frequently hard to make consistent changes

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