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Northern Michigan University Reviews

Updated December 6, 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. "Housing and Residence Life"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk Supervisor
    Current Employee - Front Desk Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and great attitudes

    Cons

    I do not wish to share any at this time.


  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. "Kitchen staff/banquet staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Northern Michigan University part-time

    Pros

    Working on campus was super convenient.

    Cons

    Some of the employers did not understand that being a student comes first even though it is an on campus job.


  4. "Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Northern Michigan University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Hours, Could do homework if no students showed up

    Cons

    repetitive training that seemed to deal with the same issues.


  5. "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.


  6. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work, great culture, great pay.

    Cons

    none that i can think of.


  7. "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

  8. "Resident Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Northern Michigan University full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, wonderful experience and people

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  9. "Northern Michigan University review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Northern Michigan University is located in Michigan's upper Peninsula. It is set with the backdrop of Lake superior. It is a small community with fewer than 25,000 people in Marquette proper, or 85,000 in Marquette County. The University administrative structure is adequate. There are many faculty who are world class in their respective fields. Northern has a fairly generous retirement option.

    Cons

    Northern tends to hire a lot of their own graduates which can stunt academic growth. It's understandable to hire from the community for adjunct positions, however filling tenure-track positions with your own graduates doesn't seem like a great idea.

    Advice to Management

    The upper administration tends to be much more knowledgeable than the department chairs.


  10. "Operator / Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Northern Michigan University part-time

    Pros

    Works with your schedule as a student, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Chances of moving up are slim as a student worker.


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