Ferris State University Reviews

Updated 24 June, 2014
Updated 24 June, 2014
15 Reviews

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    Computer Support Technician - Student

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    Current Employee - Student Computer Technician  in  Big Rapids, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Student Computer Technician in Big Rapids, MI (US)

    I have been working at Ferris State University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, prioritizes school, and some autonomy.

    Cons

    Unsupported work place by upper management. Minimum wage, lack of respect, and training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair pay, respect, and not allowing employees to get away with doing a bad job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Williams Auditorium

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferris State University

    Pros

    Getting to work during different performances and events is a lot of fun. I enjoy the theatre in general which is a major added benefit of being able to work there.

    Cons

    Hours are inconsistent due to schedule of events.

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    Faculty

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    Current Employee - Faculty  in  Big Rapids, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Faculty in Big Rapids, MI (US)

    I have been working at Ferris State University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Focused engineering, technology curriculums. Technology faculty have significant industrial experience and not just academic experience. Teaching focus to pass on the profession. Big Rapids is a good rural community vs congested metro life.

    Cons

    Focused engineering, technology curriculums tend to make people overly protective of their "turf". Too myopic sometimes. Lately, administration is changing university focus in a direction away from a career focus and more to political correctness, liberal arts, and general education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administration is changing university focus in a direction away from a career focus and more to political correctness, liberal arts, and general education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Everyone is very Expendable

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    Former Employee - Graduate Admissions Representative  in  Big Rapids, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Admissions Representative in Big Rapids, MI (US)

    I worked at Ferris State University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked in an administrative support role so it was fairly easy work. Most of the people I worked with were nice and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Office Politics, the powers that be like to treat students poorly and than ask them for donations as soon as they graduate. Good luck with that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management wants to increase donations from alumni they should reevaluate how they treat students while they are there.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Overall, it was a job that paid well with flexible scheduling

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Big Rapids, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Big Rapids, MI (US)

    I have been working at Ferris State University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay rate, flexible scheduling, and creative freedom

    Cons

    A decentralized environment where requests may take a while to be fulfilled

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferris State University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very easy going workplace, good bosses.

    Cons

    Hard to get ft work. When the school is on break, you are out of work and that gets exspensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ferris State University full-time

    Pros

    - Establish close relationships
    -Higher management treat their employees with respect
    -Dining offers gourmet food at the Rock

    Cons

    -Location, it's in the middle of no where

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Campus

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    Former Employee - Dsa  in  Big Rapids, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Dsa in Big Rapids, MI (US)

    I worked at Ferris State University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work study is guaranteed pay and experience and you work with fellow peers.

    Cons

    Not always the most interesting jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to treat the students with respect. They are working for you by choice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not the ideal place to work, even for a university cafeteria.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferris State University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, work around school schedule. Close to campus, walking distance from many of the dorms. Extremely easy to get in, no interview, just have to fill out some paperwork.

    Cons

    Often drama because most employees are college students. Management is not very helpful and often in a bad mood, tend to play favorites and sometimes rude to the student employees. Boring and often tedious work. No room for advancement, no raises, pay is not what it should be for the workload. Minimum wage unless you are a student supervisor. Often stressful. Strict rule for a cafeteria, must wear black shirt underneath work coat, no painted nails, no facial piercings, only two piercings allowed on ears, no earrings larger than a dime. Even if you are not working with customers. Have to wear this hideous black hat with flames that tends to get in the way. Their motto: "Breaks are a privilege." Yes, you may work 6 hours and not get a break. Occasionally have screw-ups when it comes to switching hours with other students. Even if someone signs off that they are taking your shift it's possible you'll still get blamed if they don't show up. They're organization needs work, too. They still called me for a week after I quit asking why I wasn't at work. You think they'd write it down somewhere that I no longer worked there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less strict, it's a college cafeteria. Most of the people who see the workers are other college students. Also, treat all employees fairly, no favorites, and maybe act like you actually like being at work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Overall - good place to work

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    Former Employee - Professor
    Former Employee - Professor

    I worked at Ferris State University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    For a university - leadership pretty accessible. Friendly and helpful staff and faculty. Small town feel - many people have been there ten years or more. Not overly bureaucratic. Room for self initiative. A lot of really good "teachers".

    Cons

    Lots of interim management. A bit adversarial in union negotiations. On the other hand - union was unnecessarily combative.

    President made a lot of noise when he came in about being real collaborative and seeking the voice of staff and faculty. Mostly smoke and mirrors - sought the advice, but ignored it as best i can tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deans have got to be held more accountable and more of an advocate for their staff and faculty. A bit of the King of the Silo effect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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