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Northern Michigan University Marquette Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  • Student employees were capped at 20 hours per week as a full time student (in 3 reviews)

  • As a student you don't get paid much above minimum wage (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Awesome place to live"

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Secretary in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Marquette, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    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


  7. "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.


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    "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.


  9. "Kitchen Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Attendant in Marquette, MI
    Current Employee - Kitchen Attendant in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible scheduling, work around classes.

    Cons

    Always seem to be understaffed.


  10. "Clerical"

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    Former Employee - Superior Fund, President in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Superior Fund, President in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I was fortunate to have the freedom of introducing my own ideas and see many ideas made a reality.

    Cons

    Management on many occasions let the freedom become too much. More managing was needed.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on managers having a specific purpose, rather than all doing the same thing. There was too much overlap.


  11. "Contracted Network Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Network Engineer in Marquette, MI
    Current Contractor - Network Engineer in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Michigan University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Material and hardware is always taken care of, which is a rarity with contracted work. I enjoy spending time at the campus.

    Cons

    Late night calls for small issues occur a few times a week.
    When it breaks, it's really broken. Those larger issues seem like they take lower priority.

    Advice to Management

    The little details can wait until the morning.


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