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Pros
  • Great benefits for me and live-in boyfriend (in 26 reviews)

  • Great work environment an very accommodating work schedules (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay when you are finished taking classes (in 8 reviews)

  • to be honest wayne state did a great job at pretty much meeting every aspect that i needed while being a full time student (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Professor"

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

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Starting salaries are high in order to attract recruits to Detroit. Currently low (<40%) 6-yr graduation rates are finally increasing a bit.

    Cons

    Tenure is not secure, 12 months to dismissal even if tenured. Hard to be successful in research and teaching here with lower caliber students relative to UM. Tenured faculty who can are leaving and there is increasing faculty turnover leading to poor research and teaching in an unstable environment. Check Crain's articles on dismissal of tenured faculty in Medical School.

    Advice to Management

    Cut middle and upper Administration management rather than focusing solely on faculty.


  2. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance. Slow pace and no overtime.

    Cons

    Slow pace and nothing happens quickly. Management is very mediocre as they seem to have a problem with talent retention. The level of pay is ridiculous and the union presence really puts a damper on overall motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Maintain transparency and communicate expectations clearly.


  3. "Assistant Professor"

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    Current Employee - Michigan in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Michigan in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, nice colleagues, good collaboration.

    Cons

    Bad weather, commute traffic, ill-managed school


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    "Top Heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wayne State has an excellent health care, dental, and vision package with very affordable rates. Wayne State also offers a generous time-off package to full time employees as well as discounts to many mid-town retail establishments and eateries.

    Cons

    The university has been drastically eliminating jobs without warning while executive administrative salaries have been increasing constantly. The unions are weak and good work is often left unnoticed. The political environment is steep and nepotism runs rampant. Promotions are given based on association rather than ability more often than not.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize a fair pay structure and be forth coming with job forecast.


  6. "Graduate Teaching /Research Assisstant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wayne State (More than a year)

    Pros

    I like my research area

    Cons

    its ranking

    not professional

    Advice to Management

    they should pay more attention to the graduate students


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Unfair labor practices"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Afforded tuition-free education. Completed Bachelors and Masters degrees while employed full-time.

    Cons

    Mid-Management inadequately trained. Most are hired based on WHO they know, not WHAT they know. Lots of managers, very few support staff. Most support staff overworked, doing more than one job, or doing work outside of their classification.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers in revelant work skills. Provide less intimidating means to report misuse/abuse by managers.


  8. "Adjunct Faculty Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Faculty in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Part-Time Faculty in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wayne State part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Prior to the UPTF-AFT organizing the adjunct/part-time faculty at Wayne State, an instructor usually found out only a week or so prior to the semester starting, whether they had a teaching assignment. Obviously this was stressful and the pay rates were well below average. Thankfully a number of part-time faculty took it upon themselves to start organizing, and after a number of years and enough signatures, the union was recognized. Since then it's been much better. Unfortunately, due to state budgets being cut, many department programs which used part-time faculty have been reduced. The school itself has worked to improve access to best practice teaching methods and technology with investments in The Teaching Commons technology research center and The Office of Teaching and Learning and has worked to improve communication and resource availability with part-time faculty as well.

    Cons

    Varying degrees of resources provided to part-time faculty across departments including office space, photocopying accessibility and basic technology and technical support. Parking is still a premium on campus and compensation for parking, time on campus for office hours/student support, departmental training and other benefits is still sub-par.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to on-board more part-time faculty into full-time teaching positions as well as compensate part-time faculty for the many hours of additional time and resources spent.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "If you just want to sit around all day..."

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Coordinator in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Regulatory Coordinator in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wayne State full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice long holiday breaks, snow days off. Honestly, hard to think of any ... If you have kids they can go to college at WSU for 1/2 off. Boss was oblivious to people taking fake sick days off.

    Cons

    I worked here for 5 months. The job was horrible. No work to be done, all fellow employees were so miserable as they had been there for 10 years and hardly making 40k. The starting pay is low, even if you have a Master's. Also they make their employees shell out $80 a month for parking. Manager was horrible and offensive to co-workers. This job is good for someone who just wants to kill time on the computer all day and listen to miserable people complain.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more, offer more than 1% raises.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very good university"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    great research environment for the researchers

    Cons

    Too many new faculty members.

    Advice to Management

    Professors should continue to take care of their students after graduation.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Old School - Literally"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits with 10% match and more vacation days than you know what to do with plus they have an excellent Wellness program with a fitness center on campus.

    Cons

    No upper management with any goals to work towards. My immediate supervisor doesn't like to work so is threatened by any fresh ideas or enthusiasm and will make me look bad to upper management (with no goals) if I dare work too hard. No innovation . . . not even a glimpse towards competing with on-line courses. Lots of people getting paid to do nothing and way too many unions protecting them. Silos everywhere so there's no interfacing between departments. In 3 years I've received $600 in raises (total). But the cost of parking has gone up twice. If you want to get paid to play Candy Crush, this is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees all the way down the food chain because there may just be an incompetent manager in the way of a very valuable asset.



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