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Willamette University Salem Reviews

Updated February 8, 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. "Undergraduate At Willamette University"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Willamette is a great university to go to for your undergraduate degree. As a liberal arts college you can explore many different majors until you figure out what you want to do. The professors really know their subjects and are always around to answer questions. Willamette also has a great Career Service Center which will help you find and internship or job near Salem.

    Cons

    Willamette is a smaller school so it might not be for everyone. But overall I think that Willamette is a great opportunity for any student.


  2. "Adjunct Instructor"

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    Current Contractor - Instructor, College Or University in Salem, OR
    Current Contractor - Instructor, College Or University in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Willamette University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place; great staff; great students.

    Cons

    Adjunct work underpaid, though appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Pay adjuncts at a higher rate and offer benefits. Highly skilled instructors should be valued and properly remunerated.


  3. "Fun student staff, but pro staff is lacking"

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great student staff. Great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Overworked. Many restrictions on student staff freedom.

    Advice to Management

    Be more efficient and understanding of student staff.


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  5. "Turbulent times"

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

    I have been working at Willamette University full-time

    Pros

    Great students and faculty. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Top heavy management and opaque decision making. Increasing bureaucracy and unclear leadership. High employee turnover in some administrative divisions. Financial concerns.


  6. "MOHL Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Hatfield Library Student Assistant in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Hatfield Library Student Assistant in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Customer Service experience, great co-workers, flexible hours

    Cons

    Minimum wage, not many hours awarded


  7. "Pretty Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stage Technician in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Stage Technician in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Willamette University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours, great people, enjoyable work

    Cons

    Most don't get as many hours, hard to get some higher paying jobs. University has some ethical issues.


  8. "Willamette U is a fine place to work"

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

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with. Very casual and laid back work environment. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Salem isn't the most exciting town in the world, but it's a good town.

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The research topic i was involved in researching was water law, specifically the detrimental impact of the bottled water industry. It was an Interesting subject area and there is a surprising amount of material available.

    Cons

    I was in the law library a lot, which is not an ideal atmosphere. Researching can be somewhat boring at times, so it was a challenge to stay focused for hours at a time.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice to management. I had a positive experience and would recommend a research assistant position to any current students.


  10. "Barista"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oregon in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Oregon in Salem, OR

    Pros

    One of the best community environments you will ever experience. Workers have a huge say in the success and business model of the company. The management team is a dream to work with!

    Cons

    It's sometimes difficult to get the hours that you want.


  11. "Willamette University is a great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    It is family oriented and the campus community is one that is welcoming of staff, faculty and students. We have amazing faculty and students and the staff work hard to support the university everyday to ensure that we live up to our motto everyday.

    WU offers great benefits and is supportive of employees!

    Cons

    Decisions take longer in higher education to be implemented and change comes at a slow pace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on transparency and communication! WU has made great strides and should continue to welcome employee input.



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