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Willamette University Salem Reviews

Updated July 11, 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)

  • You are on staff with about 10 other people, so you may not get as many hours as you like (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. 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


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "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

  8. "Pretty Good"

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    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.


  9. "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


  10. "Undergraduate At Willamette University"

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    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.


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