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Updated May 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment an very accommodating work schedules (in 28 reviews)

  • Great benefits for me and live-in boyfriend (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Parking is expensive and promotions can be very difficult if you are not in the right circles despite your credentials (in 5 reviews)

  • There is not much room for growth (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Run as fast as you can."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay was decent for an admin assistant, but not worth the treatment.

    Cons

    The Chief of the branch is scary to say the least. He yells at employees and everyone scurries around scared of him. Stay far away. You can find a better position.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Financial Aid Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Full-time position has health insurance and other benefits.

    Cons

    Financial Aid Officer is the lowest pay in the entire department. The FAO's have the highest turnover rate of any job I have ever seen due to low morale & unmanageable work load. Unreasonable expectations set by management with absolutely no training given and even less support! One-stop welcome center concept is a joke. By the time students get back to see a FAO, they are very frustrated and have been back several times & told to "allow for processing time." The job of FAO is a contracted one, with management deciding whether to renew your contract or not, with a maximum of 5 years. Worst place to work, ever. Run while you can!

    Advice to Management

    Need all new management. They are a closed-door group that only promotes from within their old, white female friend group. Higher ups don't care at all about this nepotism & going-out-drinking culture. Ridiculous.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Short-term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Grant work is rewarding and exciting. Feeling of helping to better society. Colleagues were friendly and helpful. Covered parking and security.

    Cons

    Dictatorship. Locked out of common areas i.e. lunch room during lunch hours, department library, 'other tasks' included janitorial tasks, management is not trustworthy and disrespectful.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be transparent, respectful and create a trustworthy environment. Listen to staff and treat them as people not hired help that is disposable.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "WSU GRA"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    working with good pro. who know stuff

    Cons

    not a very high ranking uni which makes the rest of process hard


  5. Helpful (1)

    "SOM Graduate Stipend Shell Game"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    With hard work, you can earn a degree at Wayne State. If staying within the metro detroit area it is one the accredited university you can attend.

    Cons

    Wayne State Associate Dean of Graduate Programs recently announced higher stipend support for School of Medicine graduate students. However, support is not increasing because the overall length of stipend is decreasing. It is a financial maneuver meant to convey increased support. If going into the sciences/research it is better to choose another regional university over Wayne State.


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    "Poor Career and Stipend Support"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Detroit, MI
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to good mentors if motivated.

    Cons

    Poor stipend support for Ph.D. students. 20K is among lowest (bottom quartile) in nation for science. Comparable schools provide thousands more. Department (in school of medicine) has too many tenured professors with no funding and poor publishing records. Little career support for non academic research paths. Faculty is stuck in a 60-70's era mentality. 1 in 5 will actually work in academia. Department leadership is lacking and typically the graduate officer is appointed to a non-productive professor. The current graduate officer only has 3 publications within the past 5 years. Overall, while the department holds itself in high esteem it requires massive improvements. I recommend prospective graduate students seek other institutions for graduate training.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of respect for employees"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Accessibility of fitness equipment and showers.
    Lots of activities & information is available at the front desk, leading you to be more in-the-loop with campus events.

    Cons

    Leadership does not invest much time/effort into employee satisfaction and seems to have very little tolerance/respect for student employees.
    Time off is tough to come by unless you set your availability before you start working there
    You can bet on not making a penny over minimum wage here.

    Advice to Management

    Host employee appreciation events/parties.
    Spend some time getting to know employees personally, since they are the key to your success.
    Consider alternate methods for addressing concerns with employees.
    Get more sleep.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The worse job I ever had"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Students were reasons to work at the university

    Cons

    NO support training or ethics

    Advice to Management

    Improve your Human Resource Dept.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Just plain terrible!"

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

    I have been working at Wayne State full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefit.
    SOME collegial colleagues.
    SOME qualified faculty.
    Will get the chance to work alone; nobody will bother you because nobody comes to school

    Cons

    No sense of direction at the department level and at the school level.
    Bad quality of education
    Poor quality of students
    Complacent attitude by tenured faculty - half of them only show up to teach their evening class (Partly perhaps because the main campus is located in Detroit, and faculty generally live as far away from Detroit as possible)

    Advice to Management

    There is no point giving advice. Nobody's listening. The university is a lost cause.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Friends and family hired first"

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    Former Employee - Librarian I in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Librarian I in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package is very good. The wellness warrior program is excellent.

    Cons

    The practice of hiring and promoting friends and family before others is widespread. If you are not related to a senior staff member or if you are not their good buddy, you have very little chance of getting a good position. And if by chance you do get hired, you can forget promotions unless you join the the right "click" at Wayne.

    Because of the power of the clicks and and the lack of action by the executive administration to stop these practices, It is a very difficult work environment if you are not in a click. There is a lot of exclusion and information is hoarded within the click and groups.

    Stressful work environment.

    Advice to Management

    There should be rules that if you are related to other members of a division, you cannot be hired by that division. I see other companies doing this, why can't Wayne?


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