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Updated February 7, 2018
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Willamette University President Stephen E. Thorsett
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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)

  • Most don't get as many hours, hard to get some higher paying jobs (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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


  10. "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


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