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Willamette University Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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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)

  • There is low pay and a limited role for promotion (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Barista at Bistro"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    amazing community and heart of my willamette experience!

    Cons

    sometimes disorganized, also with change over in management so frequently hard to make consistent changes


  2. "Ok, but glad to be going"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Friendly campus. You'll find people on the ground who will make you feel welcome.

    Cons

    People higher up make decisions without the input or consideration of those who are directly affected by the changes. Lack of transparency. It was tough working with little support.

  3. "Dean"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Dean in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Assistant Dean in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supporter of students and school

    Cons

    Never managed large staff before coming here


  4. "A relaxed environment for a shy kid"

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    Former Employee - WITS Help Desk in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - WITS Help Desk in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very accepting people. The pay wasn't too bad. Accepted work study. Let me do my homework on the job sometimes.

    Cons

    Kinda boring if you ask me.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Mismanagement and Chaos at Atkinson Graduate School of Management"

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    Former Employee - Director of Recruiting in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Director of Recruiting in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Willamette University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Salem is a small city with very little to do but not far from most places: one hour to the coast, one hour to Portland (if no traffic), one hour to Corvallis and Eugene.

    Cons

    The Atkinson Graduate School of Management spent a tremendous amount of resources on marketing to promote the school to potential students. The marketing messages however are exaggerated and dishonest. There is No focus on internal quality. The MBA programs admit almost anyone and will graduate everyone. This puts the marketing staff in an awkward situation because no one can question the dean's decision. It has been a total chaos and complete mismanagement: age bias against faculty and staff, racial discrimination, harassment; the senior staff does not behave professionally, regularly spreading harmful gossip in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the leadership with someone who knows how to manage the staff and reputation of the school with respect and integrity. Be honest internally and externally. Invest in technology and infrastructure for your future. Cutting costs for important functions will not help in the long term

    Willamette University Response

    May 10, 2017 – Assistant Director of Human Resources

    We thank the reviewer for taking the time to write a review and express an opinion. However, it is important to note that the title, employment duration and base location (Salem, Oregon) of this... More


  6. "Institutional Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great supervisor, great for independent workers.

    Cons

    The work study hour limitations


  7. "Work Study Student Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Excellent staff and flexible hours

    Cons

    Weekly hour limit due to University policy

  8. "Student Outreach Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, positive work atmosphere

    Cons

    Many of the potential students don't enjoy being contacted so often.


  9. "Willamette Events Board"

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

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Residential campuses are easier to get good attendance at events, my boss is incredible and filled with so much knowledge of resources

    Cons

    Very small budget, a lot of administrative drama and lack of transparency, low wages for students, hard to work with school schedule sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, help students grow as employees, not just students. Be understanding that school is also very demanding, not just work.


  10. "Student"

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

    Pros

    I enjoy being a student at Willamette University for many reasons, partially because they have been very good in personalizing my education

    Cons

    I think that Willamette University could do a better job being transparent with its students and being respectful of how much money it has by not overspending

    Advice to Management

    Be nice to all of your students. They all want to be here, don't make them think otherwise!


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