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West Chester University Reviews

Updated June 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great coworkers and relaxed work environment" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Once you get to be full time, There are so many perks working for the state such as paid vacations,paid holidays,raises,paid tuition,advancements" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "I really have no cons since it was the best job I had while at school" (in 4 reviews)

  • "upper management consistently and letter those in lower positions receive an opportunity" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic!"

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

    I worked at West Chester University part-time

    Pros

    research opportunities, easy work, fun work environment

    Cons

    Low pay, sometimes there's really low hours.


  2. "Outstanding place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and lots of resources. Outstanding students and co-workers.

    Cons

    I had a hour commute one way in lots of traffic.

  3. "Great state job with benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at West Chester University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits were okay, and the retirement process was easy and quick. The campus is nice and in a great location - walking distance to the wonderful shops and dining of West Chester. The environment could be stressful at times especially at peak times during the semester: registration, add/drop dates, finals, and graduation. Overall, I enjoyed my time at the university and made some great friends out of coworkers.

    Cons

    Some of the departments and different level of management seemed to be at odds with each other. It seemed like there was always a new crisis coming from the top down.


  4. "Great university"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in West Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at West Chester University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working at WCU is the people

    Cons

    The pay is below market


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at West Chester University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, state job, plus union

    Cons

    Low pay unfortunately, even for skilled work


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Place to Be a Faculty Member"

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    Current Employee - Professor in West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Professor in West Chester, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at West Chester University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Poor administrative leadership; vindictive management,

    Cons

    Poor and vindictive senior administrative leadership; Very difficult to move to other schools due to poor academic reputation; Avoid employment if at all possible

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, management is not interested in improving situation at the university


  7. "Student Services Provider Review"

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    Current Employee - Student Services in West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Student Services in West Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at West Chester University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Recent changes in administration may pay off in terms of organizational strength and coordination of services to students.

    Cons

    Many admin changes are making communication difficult with too many layers

  8. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at West Chester University full-time

    Pros

    They have great faculty and staff

    Cons

    Long hours with a small stipend

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (14)

    "Worst mistake ever"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at West Chester University full-time

    Pros

    Something to put on your resume. Paycheck.

    Cons

    There is a particularly cruel flavor to the employment caste structure due to the heavy unionization of the institution by multiple unions. Be aware that the benefits, salary, health insurance, time off will be not be equal. It is particularly apparent if your position lands you in the AFSCME bargaining unit where you get less vacation time, less rich benefits package and you have to work 5 years longer than everyone else in the institution to qualify for retirement. Salaries at the lower end of the AFSCME scale are not living wages.

    Managers will always take care of themselves and their friends, neighbors and family members. There is nepotism on a grand scale, really unlike anything I've ever seen. Hard to believe that every wife, husband, or cousin that is hired was the best candidate. Really hard to believe.

    The distributed leadership management model is a disaster but there is no acknowledgement that there needs to be change. Upward mobility is a myth unless you are connected to the hiring managers. The Social Equity division needs to up its game. People need training just on the basics of respect for their employees of different races & faiths. The people in the trades who come into the building to do work should be at the top of that list & should be aware that even if they think they are not being overheard? They are.

    Advice to Management

    Provide diversity training to your employees & managers. Abandon the whole fantasy of distributed leadership. Hire the most qualified candidates & give your own employees a legitimate career ladder.


  10. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in West Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in West Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at West Chester University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Role details change by department, but overall the hours are very flexible and the staff is very directed toward achieving specific goals.

    Cons

    The environment can be somewhat political. The focus on research and empiricism is frustrating. The goals that are established are usually rigid.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the advancement of the university toward a future vision and don't get hung up in terminology or literal rule interpretations.


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