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Ferris State University Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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David L. Eisler
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, goes around school schedule, great people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Small town feel - many people have been there ten years or more (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The small town can sometimes limit people in their personal and professional growth (in 3 reviews)

  • Unsupported work place by upper management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Something to give me extra spending money."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Computer Technician in Big Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Student Computer Technician in Big Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They put school first in most instances and give you time for homework and classes. Also, conveniently located between classes.

    Cons

    Treated like a student at the job. Don't feel respected, nor do you feel like the supervisors or managers deserve respect.

    Advice to Management

    It'd be nice to treat student employees more fairly. Too much favoritism between supervisors and managers to really get any work done.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone is very Expendable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Admissions Representative in Big Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Graduate Admissions Representative in Big Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ferris State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in an administrative support role so it was fairly easy work. Most of the people I worked with were nice and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Office Politics, the powers that be like to treat students poorly and than ask them for donations as soon as they graduate. Good luck with that.

    Advice to Management

    If management wants to increase donations from alumni they should reevaluate how they treat students while they are there.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Run, and run fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ITS
    Former Employee - ITS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ferris State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good employees and team work in the individual teams

    Cons

    Hypocrisy. A constant state of change, insomuch as to warrant ongoing alterations to how business is conducted, especially within IT. There is a general disconnect between middle and upper management, mostly on the part of upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your butts and look at the big picture and why people are leaving. Yes, wages are an issue, but more importantly, the environment you have created is causing people to leave for lower wages and more sanity. There is a constant need for change, only for the sake of change, rarely is anything gained from changes made to either the woring environment or the systems and procedures themselves. Basically it amounts to "shake ups" so the CTO can say he is making progress. Meanwhile, as the CTO makes the environment less and less appealing, moral is falling at a rapid rate and those above the CTO level are snowed into believing all is well.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work if you aren't a temporary employee."

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    Former Employee - Instructional Technologist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Instructional Technologist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ferris State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great faculty who care abput teaching and students, friendly people, good campus atmosphere

    Cons

    Big Rapids is a hard place to live if you are single and in your 20s. Temporary work at FSU requires you to renew a contract every year even if your temporary position has multiple years written in. The only way to get full benefits and permanent employment may require you to apply and interview for your own job. Pay is not competitive - especially in technical positions considering the area.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Deal with problem supervisors before they run out multiple good employees.


  6. "Ferris State University"

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

    Pros

    Autonomy. The ability to work at my own pace when applicable. Flexibility for classes, other activities and illness. There was no dress code for my position which was very convenient.

    Cons

    Ferris State is a subpar school and as such the professors are frequently subpar. The division I worked in had not a single professor who knew how to do the course content and was an information systems course.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professors who are proficient in their course matter. Pay your teaching assistants more appropriate wages, as this will cut down on the frequent turn over.


  7. "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.


  8. "Ferris State University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Big Rapids, MI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some managers are flexible and respectful regarding work/home time.

    Cons

    Not paid what you're worth.

    Advice to Management

    Promote individuals to supervisor ONLY when they have the aptitude to lead and manage.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ok but could be more enjoyable if people worked together"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Equipment Manager in Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Equipment Manager in Big Rapids, MI
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours, and lots of vacation. Great people to talk to and very easy to get settled in at your position

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of inter department drama and mass confusion. Plenty of crazy budget cuts along with many people looking to point fingers for it

    Advice to Management

    Make management salary higher while scanning employees better to have better workers. Adjust budget to compensate for athletic teams and funding


  10. "Zamboni Driver at University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Zamboni Driver in Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Zamboni Driver in Big Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ferris State University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Watch Hockey, Meet new people, See yourself on TV.

    Cons

    Long hours, dealing with hockey parents, low pay.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Computer Support Technician - Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Computer Technician in Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Student Computer Technician in Big Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ferris State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, prioritizes school, and some autonomy.

    Cons

    Unsupported work place by upper management. Minimum wage, lack of respect, and training.

    Advice to Management

    Fair pay, respect, and not allowing employees to get away with doing a bad job.



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