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Northern Michigan University Marquette Reviews

Updated November 7, 2017
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  • Student employees were capped at 20 hours per week as a full time student (in 3 reviews)

  • It is rare that you will ever make above minimum wage while working an on-campus job (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Depends on your goals"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Marquette, MI
    Current Employee - Professor in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Northern Michigan University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People genuinely care about students. Friendly community. Modern resources in a remote region surrounded by natural beauty. Lake Superior is amazing (if you're the kind of person who is inspired by the great lakes. Internal grants for faculty are better than at another larger university where I worked. There are good opportunities for interdepartmental research collaboration, if you find the right colleagues. Many of the students are serious about their classes, many come from parents who do not have college degrees and many work jobs to help pay for expenses. I am humbled by how hard many of them work. The promotion system is fairly straightforward, thanks to the faculty union and department bylaws. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect before going up for promotions and tenure.

    Cons

    Enrollment is in a period of decline, which makes the budget tight. There tends to be some contention between the faculty and administration regarding budget and allocation of university funds. The emphasis is on excellence in teaching, and there is also a strong need for faculty to serve on committees, which can cause professors to have to get their research done during evenings, holidays, and breaks between semesters.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the faculty have good ideas, and sometimes their vision is limited in scope. Keep working with them to find the best ways to serve the students.


  2. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Instructor in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Northern Michigan University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours where great, Class sizes good, Working conditions good, Facilities clean, and Boss was great.

    Cons

    Decreasing student enrollment, decreasing financial dollars for program needs, increasing benefits costs, no potential advancement, and committee work boring.

  3. "Great foot in the door."

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    Former Employee - Senior Support Technician in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Support Technician in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    I worked at Northern Michigan University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible shifts that worked with your school schedule. Down time provided an excellent opportunity to get homework done. Provided a wealth of knowledge.

    Cons

    Pay was low as a result of too much staff. This was due to the companies 20 hour limit while enrolled in school regardless of how many credit hours

    Advice to Management

    Management should look at making sure their employees are sufficient at providing accurate information. I'd suggest more specialized employees and less trainees


  4. "Awesome place to live"

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Secretary in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Northern Michigan University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work. Majority of the faculty and staff are great to work with. Would recommend NMU if you enjoy winters.

    Cons

    Budget restrictions have forced the university to eliminate too many positions. That being said unless the state allocates more funding this trend will continue.

    Advice to Management

    Involve employees more in regards to budget restrictions. Let them be part of the solution.


  5. "Student's Art Gallery"

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    Former Employee - Gallery Attendant in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Gallery Attendant in Marquette, MI

    I worked at Northern Michigan University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great way to get hands on experience in all areas of participation in an artist run gallery while still in school. Gallery was primarily run by current students with a faculty advisor so there were many opportunities to learn and make the job what you wanted it to be and were interested in. I would highly recommend it to current art students especially.

    Cons

    Position was part of Work-Study so may not be accessible to all students, this also limited amount of hours one could work in a week. It would be nice if you know you have a light week of classes (no crits, exams etc.) you could pick up shifts for colleagues needing time off to study or prep for exams, crits, etc.


  6. "Great Place and People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Northern Michigan University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing campus and the people are amazing as well. This could be a pro or a con but pace of life as well is very slow can be good and bad depending on how you see it. Work/Life balance is really great as well.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than it should be. This could be a pro or a con but pace of life as well is very slow can be good and bad depending on how you see it.


  7. "Kitchen attendant"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Attendant in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Kitchen Attendant in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Northern Michigan University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They work around your class schedule. The shifts aren't long. Only 4-6 hour shifts. On campus so it's easy to work there. Laid back environment.

    Cons

    The job can be difficult depending on where you're station. Some are easier than others. For example working in hot food is easier than pot wash or dish room.

  8. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Marquette, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Marquette, MI
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment... Dynamic... sets you up for a career better than any class.

    Cons

    I do not have any bad things to say about this program. Great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  9. "Student Employee"

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    Former Employee - HelpDesk Assistant in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - HelpDesk Assistant in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Scheduling was very flexible as a student employee, with lots of opportunities for students to find part time work on campus. Supervisors were professional and well organized. Pay was fair (at least at the Computing HelpDesk)

    Cons

    Student employees were capped at 20 hours per week as a full time student.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Administration"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Marquette, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Marquette, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Northern Michigan University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The faculty, staff, and students at NMU are fantastic people! Marquette and the Upper Peninsula are home to some of the most scenic places in America and are fantastic for outdoor enthusiasts. The benefits are good due to the unionized faculty.

    Cons

    The administration at NMU is bar-none the worst administration I've ever encountered in higher education. There is zero trust between the faculty/staff and the executive administration. Faculty and staff have been cut beyond the bone while administration has continued to bloat year after year. Faculty and staff input is ignored along with any reality that gets in the way of administration's plans to cut, cut, and cut some more. The NMU community deserves so much better than the current administration is capable of delivering. It is difficult to recommend that anyone join the faculty here unless they have no other viable options. People come to NMU for the prospect of great work/life balance, but there is none to be had anymore. Faculty are asked to take on massive amounts of work without any support. There is no research support, little teaching support, and huge amounts of service work that is largely unappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Resign! You are clearly not up the challenge of running Northern Michigan. It is amazing how quickly this administration managed to destroy all trust with the NMU community and make enemies of nearly every faculty and staff member. It is painful to watch the inept NMU executives try to run the university.


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