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Willamette University Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2019

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  • "On top of that, you're making nearly minimum wage, so don't expect to offset your living costs with just this job(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Supportive Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits package, time off, working environment

    Cons

    Employees have to pay for a parking pass yearly

    Advice to Management

    None

    Willamette University2018-10-25
  2. Helpful (2)

    "It's horrible if you don't have a desk job."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Willamette University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits were amazing, the pay wasn't. Paid time off for holidays was the best. And summers included leaving a half hour early every day, also paid.

    Cons

    There were people who treated me like an Untouchable, one woman even refused to acknowledge my presence unless I directly addressed her with a question. The culture on campus can be extremely elitist, despite what people say. Although many people are very kind and friendly, many others think they're better than everyone else because of their education, affluence, or seniority, and treat those beneath them like dirt.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the staff and faculty at all levels the same. Even the lowliest drudges are part of the Bearcat Family, so don't make them feel like outcasts.

    Willamette University2019-07-05
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to treat employees better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Good organizational culture, very progressive

    Cons

    Management and HR can be less than supportive when you bring up issues

    Willamette University2019-01-26
  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    They pay great and work with schedule.

    Cons

    Really had no problems working.

    Willamette University2018-08-25
  5. "Student Barista"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    This was a great first job

    Cons

    It only offered shifts in 2 hour chunks and took advantage of students

    Willamette University2018-06-07
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Adjunct hell"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The library, the lucky few who have tenured positions

    Cons

    The exploitative, unlivable salaries of highly educated teaching staff, enacted by smug highly paid administration who are more interested in marketing than education.

    Advice to Management

    Be a trail blazer and stop using and abusing adjuncts! WU pays groundskeepers, and low level administrators more than Ph.D.'s. Enact SUSTAINABLE business practices by investing in your staff. Pay teachers a wage they can live on and stop the high turnover that is diminishing the university's reputation.

    Willamette University2018-05-25
  7. Helpful (2)

    "academics without the attitude"

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    Current Employee - Professional in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to have a position. The ethos at Willamette is supportive of employees. Tuition benefits to children of longer-term employees.

    Cons

    Though liberal arts colleges are being challenged in the present environment. In a period of contraction, so permanent positions are hard to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain transparency. Continue to find ways to be supportive since your employees give their best. Don't renege on agreements.

    Willamette University2018-04-02
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Visiting Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Willamette University full-time

    Pros

    Great community of progressive and creative faculty and students. Beautiful campus in downtown Salem. Reasonable compensation for tenure-track and tenured faculty.

    Cons

    As at many universities at Willamette adjunct faculty are poorly paid and often treated as second class citizens by the administration.

    Willamette University2018-02-07
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Benefits, Depends on Supervisors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The students are wonderful to work with. By nature of the job, there are students who feel entitled to special treatment and take up significant time - however these are far and few. Staff on the ground are constantly engaged and make very attempt to create a welcoming and supportive environment.

    Cons

    Upper levels of management make decisions with little to no regard for those who have to implement those decisions. Often unrealistic expectations, such as expanding programs while cutting staff, creates tension amongst supervisors and those they oversee.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support for the lower-level full-time staff. Although those staff may be easy to replace, the constant turnover affects students' perspective of the university. This turnover makes it difficult to implement new programs/projects when staff are constantly being trained. This could be done by providing more flexibility for time off, extended leave, or more emphasis on the quality of work, rather than the... quantity of work.

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    Willamette University2018-02-02
  10. "Mission driven"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time

    Pros

    Community, mission driven and overall a great place to work.

    Cons

    Better evaluations for all levels of the organization would allow for more growth and development opportunities. It will also hold individuals accountable.

    Willamette University2018-01-02
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