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Widener Philadelphia Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Rock Wall staff"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chester, PA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Widener as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    You'll get trained and learn about safety standard to maintain and run a Rock Wall
    Opportunities to promote to manager position
    My fingers' strength will become monstrous before I realized it
    Learn a lot about customer service
    Customer centric system
    Good leaders (Jen, Corina, Ashley, and Kayla are really helpful)

    Cons

    Minimum wage
    Kept a Pentium 4 computer on the desk until 2017 (but then replaced a new core i5 one, thanks to this upgrade climbers can use it to sign up for intramural events, the old one is just too weak to load the website)


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who really love what they do! So many people are dedicated to student success!

    Cons

    New administration. Big changes happening. Hopefully will be changes that are positive for the students

  3. "Adjunct Professor"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Wynnewood, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Wynnewood, PA

    I have been working at Widener (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule for adjunct staff

    Cons

    The pay is relatively low for the work


  4. "Campus Safety Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campus Safety Supervisor in Brookhaven, PA
    Current Employee - Campus Safety Supervisor in Brookhaven, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Widener full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The diversity of the campus community, along with the surrounding community, make Widener a dynamic place to grow and hone your skills. The mantra of being a service oriented institution translates well throughout all departments.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, with more room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the talents, and insights that come from the ground level to ensure that we are continually moving in a direction that is healthy and inviting to all who are willing to share.


  5. "PC Support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Non-salary benefits are very good

    Cons

    Salary way below industry standards! No growth or promotion path.

    Advice to Management

    Value employee loyalty and dedication.


  6. "Great people, excellent benefits, excellent CEO working on its problems."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Widener full-time

    Pros

    Widener has a lot of wonderful people working for it who are very dedicated to their jobs. President Harris is doing a herculean job of addressing many of the problems Widener faced when he first became President in 2003, and it is a much better institution after his 11 years as president. The job benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The economic downturn affected Widener significantly, as it did all institutions of higher education. Lack of money has hampered this institution in terms of operating funds and salaries, and this can be discouraging. This is partially made up for by the president's approach of highly valuing employees and their contributions. However, there always seems to be a lack of money to do some of the innovative projects that could happen at this university to make it a better place.


  7. "Not what is claimed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Visiting Assistant Professor in Chester, PA
    Current Contractor - Visiting Assistant Professor in Chester, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Widener as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great students. Faculty are mostly friendly with very notable exceptions. Upper admin is sometimes helpful.

    Cons

    Claim to be student-focused. In truth the upper administration could care less about the students.
    Claim to be undergrduate-focused. In truth upper admin pushes research, research, and research.
    Claim to have low student/faculty ratio. In truth the faculty size is artificially inflated because they have few full-time proffs but literally hundreds of adjuncts (one department alone has over 40 adjunct professors).

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

  8. "Advancement opportunities are limited, only available to faculty"

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    Current Employee - Administration in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Administration in Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Widener full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, usually get christmas week off

    Cons

    lack of advancement opportunities, lack of continuing education

    Advice to Management

    Make advancement and continuing education a priority.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "it's a job not a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campus Safety Officer in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Campus Safety Officer in Chester, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Widener full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    easy job, uniforms provided, possibility to earn a degree

    Cons

    boring and repetitive, no raises this year. favortism

    Advice to Management

    they should start random drug testing of everyone, require a writing test and physical before hiring, promotions should be merit based


  10. "A very solid place to work"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Professor in Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Widener full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Academia is generally a great job, no matter where you're doing it, but the university has an above average collegial feel.

    Cons

    the multi-campus nature of the univ.


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