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Western Connecticut State University Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional, Ethical, Hard working, Talented

    Cons

    Static, Conservative, A little boring once in a while

    Advice to Management

    Need to adjust business model


  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. "Great Start for Undergrauates"

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

    Pros

    Ability to work with class schedules well
    Provides needed experience to upcoming graduates
    Friendly and energetic work environments
    Supportive/Ambitious Management

    Cons

    No benefits for part time employees


  4. "Student Ambassador- Admissions"

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

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with a great group of people who will more than likely become some of your best friends. You're given the autonomy to create projects and work together with your coworkers to help prospective students.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people who work in the office so sometimes you'll be working there for minimal hours.


  5. "Great perks & high salary for professors!"

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

    I have been working at Western Connecticut State University full-time

    Pros

    -Higher base salary than all other schools in the area, including privates, publics, and ivy league's.
    -Amazing insurance and retirement benefits!

    Cons

    Union contracts - while otherwise good - mean there's no incentive to do quality work once you have your job. Thus, huge disparities in faculty achievements, contributions, and quality work within departments.

    Advice to Management

    Pay deductions for covering budget shortages should not come out of new faculty salaries. Should be coming out of the older members' who can afford them.


  6. "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.


  7. "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!

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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