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Oakland University Reviews

Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "Parking, low pay, not many opportunities to advance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "There were absolutely very few to no cons" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience"

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

    I worked at Oakland University part-time

    Pros

    Good flexibility with scheduling. Awesome staff

    Cons

    At time middle leadership can be lacking

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Part-time Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Instructor in Rochester Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Part Time Instructor in Rochester Hills, MI

    I have been working at Oakland University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very dedicated to education of students

    Cons

    As part-timer, unsure if going to get a class or two from semester to semester.

  3. "TEACHING ASSIATANT"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Rochester, MI
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Rochester, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GOOD ENVIRONMENT;NICE SUPERVISOR;GOOD BENEFITS, the job is not very stressful

    Cons

    sometimes very busy ,always got tied up


  4. "Fitness Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oakland University part-time

    Pros

    Good work environment, flexibile

    Cons

    Turnover, not much aside from that

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Teach assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oakland University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent work load, good environment. Near to FCA and have a good community. Really good place to study and being a teach assistant.

    Cons

    A pretty small campus, and the traffic during the rush hour is bad. The parking lot is hard to find during the class hour.


  6. "Love Oakland University"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Rochester, MI
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Rochester, MI

    I worked at Oakland University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love the working environment

    Cons

    Have not found any

    Advice to Management

    It’s pretty good


  7. "Changing the foundation of Education solely through OnLine Courses"

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

    I have been working at Oakland University full-time

    Pros

    In the first 10 years, Oakland was a joy. We held classes on campus and really got to know the students. During some semesters, I would travel to Traverse City to offer a course for our students who could not realistically travel to campus. The teaching environment was fun (1999-2008). Students from a different generation wanted everything handed to them and refused to think for themselves (2008-2015),. Our grading scale was a point system - so when a student received a 3.8 (which is an A), the student would complain till the grade was a 4.0.

    Cons

    During the 2008 to 2015, the Department of Education appointed a philosophy that these were not students but customers; thus, we had to tailor to their needs. This is when education started its demise. Customer-pleasing, Customer-packaging, etc. In the 2013-2017, Union contract it is stated (roughly): No professor shall be compelled to teach online.

    Advice to Management

    After a several medical leaves, I returned to campus in the Fall 2017, the climate was different. In addition, I found out every one of my courses I taught were permanently assigned to be taught only online. All but one course does not fit well with a online presentation. These methods courses are best taught in person to role model - receive questions - and emphasis vital information. My teaching style is 99% the Socratic Method. Thus, I had to prepare all materials for the whole course one week prior to course beginning. In addition, enrolled students were permitted to get their syllabi a week earlier than on campus students (a horrible imbalance).

  8. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oakland University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible with my schedule

    Cons

    Often bored at work- not a lot of responsibilities


  9. "Student Employee"

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

    I have been working at Oakland University part-time

    Pros

    Great work experience and a variety of experience. Always busy with something to do or learn. Environment is welcoming of creative ideas. Great opportunity to be involved on campus. Flexible work hours for shooting events on campus. Awesome coworkers

    Cons

    There are none in my opinion


  10. "Good university"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oakland University full-time

    Pros

    great people and students, good retirement plan and vacation

    Cons

    competition between areas - parking is a beast for employees

    Advice to Management

    find a way to create wins for everyone - need employee parking


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