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Western Connecticut State University Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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  1. "Accessibility Services Note-Taker"

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Western Connecticut State University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cohesion of work and academic responsibility.

    Cons

    I do not have anything to share with regard to downsides of working at WCSU.


  2. "Could be so much better"

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    Former Employee - Associate Directir in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Directir in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Connecticut State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits; some truly talented faculty and staff, who are dedicated to the academic and personal success of students

    Cons

    Too many "business" people managing an educational institution, who have little regard for what an institution of higher education really needs to operate efficiently and effectively

    Advice to Management

    Consult with those who are in the trenches, as well as students, to see what works and what doesn't; keep egos and self-aggrandizement at bay.

  3. "Get Ready to Do a Lot of Student Hand-Holding and Coddling!"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Western Connecticut State University full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of any advantages to working at WCSU. There are better universities pretty much everywhere.
    If you must live in a small town without much life, then--at least the university--should be a great place to work, right? WCSU is not a pleasant place in which to work.

    Cons

    Awful weather. Small town. Pay is good, but you are going to spend every penny you earn on rent or mortgage. Cost of living is very high.
    W.C.S.U. is not a research university. It is a teaching university 100%. Translation: Lots of student hand-holding and coddling. Students rule.
    The administration is aloof and non-supportive of faculty.
    Lots of "turfiness" and small wars here and there among faculty members. Forget about inter-departmental collaboration.
    Lots of useless meetings in which the suits talk endlessly.
    Faculty is into the "New England State of Mind", which means people are snobbish, unfriendly and cold.

    Advice to Management

    What can I say to administrators who only care about their paychecks? Would it help giving them any advice? I most sincerely doubt it!


  4. "executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Western Connecticut State University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The state will never close the plae.

    Cons

    No leadership. It is a Rudderless ship.


  5. "Sec one"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ridgefield, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ridgefield, CT

    I have been working at Western Connecticut State University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    they are nice people to work with

    Cons

    the pay is too low


  6. "Awesome, but no advancement available"

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    Current Employee - University Assistant in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - University Assistant in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent experience, great boss, will look solid on my resume. I don't have much else to say since I'm part time and get no benefits.

    Cons

    No chance to evolve job into a full time position due to lack of funds at university despite being highly qualified.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more full time staff instead of spending money on buildings. Otherwise, the part time staff and faculty will remain not invested.


  7. "wcsu"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Danbury, CT

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, nice campus, great library

    Cons

    adjunct faculty aren't paid very well- but that's hardly unique to WCSU.

  8. "WCSU Campus & Student Centers"

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    Former Employee - Building Manager in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Building Manager in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Got to work with a great staff of people. Hours are set around classes.

    Cons

    Low pay, a lot of responsibilities.


  9. "Friendly and Knowledgeable IT department."

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    Former Employee - Network Security Specialist in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Network Security Specialist in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Western Connecticut State University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility provided and high level of standard, made this a great place to work. Professional staff made this a job I enjoyed coming to each day.

    Cons

    More staff would have proven beneficial to the company's clientele. I would have liked to have seen a more positive influence from those who held positions at the head of school.

    Advice to Management

    Office staff was polite, professional and easy to work with. I really enjoyed the flexibility to move within the company. Also, the location was good. Being close to New York City was an added benefit.


  10. "It is okay if you are just looking for a job. If you want a progressive career, you may wish to look elsewhere."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Faculty Rank V in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Administrative Faculty Rank V in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Western Connecticut State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Higher ed is a great industry. A campus setting teeming with faculty and students is a rewarding place to work. State benefits (health, etc.) are really good.

    Cons

    WCSU underpays its staff as compared to other Connecticut public higher colleges and universities. Administrative faculty are in a union which flattens pay increases despite performance.

    Leadership tends to be weak.

    Advice to Management

    The emphasis on hiring and strengthening teaching faculty is warranted, but the administrative faculty needs some help, too.


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