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Willamette University Reviews

Updated June 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great city, great university, amazing faculty and students" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours, positive work atmosphere" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Researching can be somewhat boring at times, so it was a challenge to stay focused for hours at a time" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Many of the potential students don't enjoy being contacted so often" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "academics without the attitude"

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    Current Employee - Professional in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Professional in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time (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.


  2. "Student Barista"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Adjunct hell"

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

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time (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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Visiting Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits, Depends on Supervisors"

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

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time (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.


  6. "Mission driven"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  7. "Fitness Center"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    its cool, good job experience, fun environment get to work in the gym where I like to go,

    Cons

    its boring at times, gets redundant doing the same jobs over and over again but it is needed.

    Advice to Management

    allow more freedom to staff. allow them to clean but do not need to micromanage as that makes it worse.

  8. "A place for learning."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, generous job opportunities.

    Cons

    Little funding for promoting salaries, but it's understandable given the nature of the institution.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Review for Willamette University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Willamette University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, pay is OK for Ta, campus is pretty

    Cons

    I did not learn much during the process

    Advice to Management

    Management should pay more attention to quality of work


  10. "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


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