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Washburn University Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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  1. "Student IT Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great staff and environment !

    Cons

    Under staffed through the IT department


  2. "Open Enrollment Forces Professors to Just Give Away "As" If You Want To Keep Your Job"

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

    I worked at Washburn University full-time

    Pros

    Health Insurance is pretty decent, good that they try to motive employees to be healthy. Library work improved a lot in 8 years, interlibrary loans were super fast.

    Cons

    Too much drama among the high-rank staff. President had really bad relations with the VP, who was fired even though she was supposed to be an A+ professional, then another came along to do the damage control, but wasn't very successful. Professors are badly paid in the humanities. A person in marketing makes much more money than a professor teaching 4 classes. They don't value educators as much as they say, there is a culture of "don't push students too hard, a C grade is good enough, you should market yourself (as in be "popular") among students if you want to keep your job." Student Evaluations weigh more than excellent performance. There are no peer-evaluations or supervisor evaluations that give you feedback. Several excellent assistant professors quit or got fired in a term of 5-6 years when you are supposed to point towards tenure, but the toxic environment is just too much. Lots of politics and favoritism, junior faculty is mostly ignored during university meetings. It's a culture of cliques, a very isolating environment for young faculty members. Not as family friendly as they claimed to be during the hiring process.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all faculty, junior professors deserve to be heard too. Student evaluations are not as accurate as you want to believe, improve the way you measure class performance. Be more open to diversity. Be gentler to female faculty.

  3. "Coach"

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

    I worked at Washburn University part-time

    Pros

    Great University, great people, great work environment

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing


  4. "R.N."

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

    I have been working at Washburn University full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Free range to think for self. Benefits benefits benefits!!!

    Cons

    None that I have had in 9 years.


  5. "Student Worker in ITS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washburn University part-time

    Pros

    As a Washburn student, working in ITS gave me experience with the systems I used every day as a student. I was able to help people and enjoyed my supervisor and co-workers.

    Cons

    My employment was limited to my student status, so when I graduated, I could no longer work there.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Washburn University"

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    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The fringe benefits are great, the university provides a flat 10% retirement contribution regardless of match, though it does require 5 years to be vested. Health plans are good and reasonably priced for the market, and staff are eligible to take one free class every semester, and dependents/spouses are eligible for half-price tuition. The work environment is flexible and positive.

    Cons

    University politics between faculty and staff can be a drag sometimes, and it's unfortunate that funding can sometimes be tied up depending on the whims of state lawmakers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support employees both professionally and personally, and look for opportunities to offer raises beyond basic cost of living increases.


  7. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Washburn University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everything Awesome place to work. Happy

    Cons

    None, that I can think of right now.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any to share.

  8. "Good students"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good students good equipment Nice building

    Cons

    Poor evaluation methods Separation of fields in science


  9. "Adjuncting For So Little"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Topeka, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people in the social sciences. Professional and available when contacted.

    Cons

    Lowest pay for adjunct work that I have encountered.

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Information Systems Coordinator in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Information Systems Coordinator in Topeka, KS
    Recommends

    I worked at Washburn University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits generous. Good Fit for the IT services, and had opportunity to engage in cutting edge systems, and help make major system upgrades including hosted environments. Helping staff and students with technology and faculty and staff. My favorite work was working with diverse technologies, including new registers, chip and pin retail systems.

    Cons

    With the Hosted environment, once installed and functioning, there was very little IT work necessary going forward. I really wasn't interested in selling computers, I want to work in IT systems that challenge my skills and work

    Advice to Management

    IT is moving quickly. The hosted environment minimizes current costs, but could leave the company with lost skills that could be important in operations.


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