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Salem State University Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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  • "Top Heavy organizational structure" (in 4 reviews)

  • "This region has the highest concentration of elite private higher Ed in the nation-- Harvard" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "IT Deparment"

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    Former Employee - Computer Specialist III in Salem, MA
    Former Employee - Computer Specialist III in Salem, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Salem State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, nice work environment. Flexible hours for student workers, so you can go to class and work.

    Cons

    You can be out sometimes in terrible weather doing fixes


  2. "Working experience while attending"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Former Employee - Student Worker

    I worked at Salem State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great with taking time off

    Cons

    Snow days = No work either

  3. "Computer Support Specialist 2"

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    Former Employee - Computer Support Specialist II in Salem, MA
    Former Employee - Computer Support Specialist II in Salem, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Salem State University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This was a good on campus job.

    Cons

    You do a lot of work for minimal compensation


  4. "Accounting tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, MA

    I have been working at Salem State University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and ability to communicate with others

    Cons

    The pay isn't that great


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Adjunc Faculty in Salem, MA
    Current Employee - Adjunc Faculty in Salem, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Salem State University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Average compensation; committed staff; reasonable working conditions, terrific students.

    Cons

    Budget cuts have had impact on working conditions


  6. "Assistant Professor of Communication"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Salem, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Salem, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Salem State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability, benefits, retirement, work life balance

    Cons

    Room for upward mobility, rigidity, sense of community is lacking


  7. "Good Experience, But Behind The Times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Salem State University part-time

    Pros

    Many staff members are delightful and helpful.
    Location is very nice if you live in the North Shore area and want to work in Higher Ed., but do not want to drive in and out of the city with rush hour.

    Cons

    Lack of staff, so you end up doing work that should be spread amongst several staff members
    Lack of funding, resources, and opportunity for professional development
    Poor management in some of the offices

    Overall, this would not be my first choice if looking for a job in Higher Ed. Administration.

  8. "Student Employee at Salem State University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salem State University part-time

    Pros

    - Part-time employment gets you exposed to the school community as well as the real professional world.
    - Flexible schedule.
    - Polish your professional skills (communication, management, leadership...) as an undergrad student.
    - You can work while attending school.
    - You can build relationships with your peers, school staff and faculty members.

    Cons

    - You can only work up to 29 hours a week.
    - Average compensation: Most school offices barely pay the minimum wage or a little bit higher depending on the job itself.

    Advice to Management

    - Create more job opportunities for students on-campus.
    - Reconsider the compensation based on the student's skills and experience.


  9. "Best job I've ever had, great coworkers, well-intentioned management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salem State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work schedule, flexibility, good pay, terrific benefits

    Cons

    Politics, title-hungry faculty, no formal succession plan

    Advice to Management

    The campus is aching for a culture change, which starts from the top. Continue to show management commitment by serving as living examples.


  10. "Adjunct Life - wonderful experience at Salem within a mediocre Adjunct existence that is across the board"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Salem State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Responsive HR, active and diverse campus activities

    Cons

    Adjunct pay is just poor, but not unique to this institution as it is a state school.