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Western Illinois University Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Very helpful, pays a stipend and there is a tuition waiver (in 5 reviews)

  • Great place to be promoted and working hard has great benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There are no cons I can think of (in 3 reviews)

  • Workload dependent on state budget, which was very limiting at the time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Gret for Students"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Macomb, IL
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Macomb, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western Illinois University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Job for Students

    Cons

    Only can get 16 hours


  2. "University Technology / Information Technology / Technology"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Macomb, IL
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Macomb, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Illinois University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package. Generous sick and vacation time.

    Cons

    No pay increases for three years now. State budget problems. Required furlough / pay reduction programs.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that attrition is not a long term business plan. Employees are taking on more responsibility as people leave and are not replaced, with no extra compensation.

  3. "A good place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Macomb, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Macomb, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Illinois University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient work environment, wonderful work station and super friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Relatively less salary, but I am happy with it


  4. "Good treatment of graduate employees"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Macomb, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Macomb, IL
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They really care about training their graduate assistants for the positions they'll fill while also ensuring that class work gets done.

    Cons

    As an Illinois state university, we're seeing the effects of major budget cuts.


  5. "Nice team to work with"

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    Current Employee - Network Technician in Macomb, IL
    Current Employee - Network Technician in Macomb, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team members are very helpful.
    It is located in a quiet town. Living here is cheap and you save lot of money.

    Cons

    There is very little research in new technologies.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Illinois University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people doing the best job they can under tough financial times

    Cons

    Administration missed a number of opportunities to reduce cost without cutting employees. Over 100 retires were replaced only to be followed up by layoffs. Building were remodeled at a high price tag (~$11M) when recommended previously by facility management to stop using building if not take it down due to deferred maintenance.

    Advice to Management

    May be it is time to consider being a smaller institution and saving the cost of running a campus with the hope of becoming a bigger institution in the future. Might even include eliminating the Macomb campus and putting all resources in the Quad- Cities campus instead.


  7. "Graduate Assistantship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Macomb, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Macomb, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The tasks assigned are not too difficult and provide opportunities to work with various members of the department. The stipend and tuition waiver make this job well worth having while being a grad student.

    Cons

    Some of the staff does not do well with their own time management, which can sometimes make getting a project done take longer than needed. The employees should focus on being more time efficient instead of spending time talking about unrelated work topics.

    Advice to Management

    Be better with time management. Many students have other jobs or obligations outside of this and do not have the time to waste on gossip. Please try to avoid giving a task in the last 5 minutes of a shift that you know the worker will not have time to complete within their shift.

  8. "School"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Reporter in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Western Illinois University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great hands on experience in each department
    SOME great teachers

    Cons

    Should be more African American classes/departments


  9. "Dorm Front Desk Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Smyrna, GA

    I worked at Western Illinois University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meet and talk to so many different people

    Cons

    Working over night, and sometimes really unorganized


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good work/life balance but poor salary"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Technology Manager in Macomb, IL
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Technology Manager in Macomb, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Illinois University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy the work, benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    Poor salary or incentive. I've worked at WIU for over 6 years and I've never been given the opportunity to advance or increase my salary. I'm one of the more reliable and dedicated employees in my department. I work with people who come in late (sometimes very late) and leave early. I have a master's degree and I barely make $33K. I have coworkers who don't do anything all day and they are making $60K - $70K. It's really frustrating and management doesn't care. I want to work hard for this institution but there is no incentive from management or the people above them. Western Illinois University is a closed system. You have to know people in high places to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Advance your good employees and create a culture of worth and accomplishment. It's not just the state government's fault this institution is failing.


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