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Northern Michigan University Marquette Reviews

Updated August 2, 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. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Kitchen Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Very flexible scheduling, work around classes.

    Cons

    Always seem to be understaffed.


  7. "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.

  8. "Satisfaction with Professional Development, work atmosphere, and community; Complete dissatisfaction with salary"

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    Current Employee - Director of Strings and Orchetra in Marquette, MI
    Current Employee - Director of Strings and Orchetra in Marquette, MI

    I have been working at Northern Michigan University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Student oriented school; Creative freedom

    Cons

    salary and tenure and promotion process

    Advice to Management

    more personal interaction with faculty


  9. "Student Office Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Student Office Assistant in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Student Office Assistant in Marquette, MI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Supervisors were very warm and supportive, which created great culture.
    - This was a work study position, so they offered flexible scheduling to work around my classes.
    - Great opportunity to learn general office skills.
    - This position only hired individuals in the department, so it was a great opportunity to build relationships with department faculty.
    - Convenient location.

    Cons

    - Seasonal position, hours only available during school year.
    - Since this was funded by the work study program wage rate was not as competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. :)


  10. "Fun place to work at and it felt like a family."

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Marquette, MI
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They are very very flexible in scheduling.

    Cons

    Even if you want a lot of hours it's hard to get the hours. It is minimal hours.


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