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Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. "Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwood University part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Company who offers adult learners the opportunity to earn a four-year degree from a private university on a community college campus. Staff is very helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure to process students in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support for field staff.


  2. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwood University part-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed the freedom in working hours

    Cons

    The low pay for this job.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions"

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

    I worked at Northwood University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are looking for a job in higher education. Northwood is usually hiring. But, there are very good reasons for that.

    Cons

    High Turnover. Very poor management. Management has no sense of direction in all areas. Never seen anything this bad.

    Advice to Management

    Across the board, Enrollment Management is run poorly. Fear based methods will stall any positive enrollment momentum. Don't worry about just hiring new people. Take care of the ones you have.


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  5. "Good family working culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northwood University part-time

    Pros

    Northwood is a small school that feels like family. You will never be without support from your peers and superiors to do a good job.

    Cons

    Making significant changes will be hampered from the fact that Northwood is a small university and thus have to handle events within reason of costs.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know everyone in the different departments. Having relationships matters most in this culture and trying to do something radical will face opposition.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "It started great.. went downhill from there!"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Midland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Students! Some faculty and staff are genuine and believe in the Northwood Idea. Nice Campus.

    Cons

    The grand majority of the people feel "fake", and wouldn't hesitate to backstab you if the situation calls for it. Management (CEO and former Academic Dean in particular) doesn't care and always try to go the easy route. Not committed to employee development or retention.

    Advice to Management

    Need higher ethical standards in treatment of employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Caution!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwood University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some faculty and staff are amazing and believe in the Northwood Idea

    Cons

    University leadership manages by fear
    University leadership doesn't know how to run a business

    Advice to Management

    Take a few courses at Northwood, you would learn something. What is taught here is great, too bad the leadership doesn't know how to practice it.


  8. "Student Employee Media Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Specialist in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Media Specialist in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Northwood University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people very outgoing and understanding.

    Cons

    Has slow periods, which can be rather boring

    Advice to Management

    It's a student job, no progression through the company


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not a bad place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Team Environment
    Nice campus
    Great students
    Good benefits
    Free classes
    Great community service opportunities

    Cons

    Changes from Michigan Campus
    Downsizing
    Lack of support from CEO
    Poor marketing


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Ethical Treatment of Employees and Unethical Recruiting/Admissions Practices"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Northwood University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well-known university with a good undergrad business education.

    Cons

    Managers are allowed to overwork employees with no pay increases. Employees who speak up for themselves are threatened or fired. Managers are protected for rude and discriminating behavior, rather than employees rights being upheld.
    Departmental VP's and Presidents turn a blind-eye to unethical behavior in order to insure their paychecks continue to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Need better oversight of managers. Higher ethical standards in treatment of employees and in improving honesty in recruiting practices. Northwood needs to adhere to the values and ethics they boast so highly. Lead with integrity rather than hypocrisy. When is the last time a senior level manager in your institution bothered to talk to an entry level employee and care what they had to say about potential improvements at the university?


  11. "Different positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Otter Lake, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Otter Lake, MI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I lived on campus and work there. No driving. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor communication between different departments.



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