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Western Carolina University (WCU) is a public university in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It is part of the University of North Carolina system.The fifth oldest institution of the sixteen four-year universities in the UNC system, WCU was founded to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains. WCU provides an education to students from 48 states and 35 countries.

A student mentioned, "Parking at WCU is terrible. Finding a spot is so bad they have bumper stickers about being late because you cant find a spot to park. Parking permits are only 80 something a semester. Freshman parking is the worst because you have to par in the baseball lot and many car windows get smashed in from foul balls."


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Other (Former Employee) says

"Don't do it. You will fall in love with the community; the mountains, the old campus, the river nearby but DO NOT WORK HERE. They are getting away with murder, no consequences. They lie to parents, staff, students. Horrible place to work. Cons: Everything else."

Adjunct Professor (Former Employee) says

"I worked in five positions at WCU, both in administration and as a faculty member. My supervisors were abusive, unethical, and unqualified. I would not recommend working here."

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"The college allows or overlooks supervisors who use bullying and coarse language with their employees and even, sometimes, students. Management is poor and underhanded in dealings and the HR department does not follow legal guidelines set forth by the state or the federal government."

Student Accounts Representative (Former Employee) says

"If you don't have a 4 yr degree plan on being made to feel less than. If you are the least bit conservative or have christian values be prepared for insults and constant ridicule. Also, do not count on being properly trained or given a clear explanation of what your job is supposed to entail. Absolute worst environment."

Support Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Professors run the show and some are outwardly hostile to students with disabilities. Some faculty members teach courses they are not qualified to teach. If you try to stand up for students, you face alienation from co-workers and management. The campus police department does a poor job handling sexual assault complaints. Cons: Arrogant professors abound. Salaries are notoriously lower than most colleges in the state."

Associate (Former Employee) says

"It was a promising place but had little job security, especially if you were saddled with a poor supervisor. I found HR only partly responsive and mid-level management unwilling to assist - well, downright untruthful - in the situation I found myself in. The university has grown and is trying to keep up with the increasing number of students and stress on systems in place, though WCU has many dedicated people who are happy there and enjoyable to work with. The Provost and Chancellor were good visionary leaders. The location and benefits of being there outweighed the low salary to some extent. Cons: Inexperienced management at some levels; especially when academics are asked to manage personnel"

Executive Professional (Former Employee) says

"WCU has a rural/local culture, and is closed to "outsiders", except for the students that fund the university - because they need them. I found that much of the staff is married or related to one another, so it was difficult to make good business decisions based on those politics. Backdoor meetings exposed a racist, homophobic, and (ironically) an uneducated narrow mindset culture. State regulations were often ignored and "worked around", because regulation this far off the grid in NC is difficult to track properly. Senior Staff will lie and throw you "under the bus" to cover their own mistakes, as they need to preserve their job image and also maintain the only job they can possibly have in this region. Do yourself a favor, and stay away from this toxic culture. It was the most miserable experience in my entire 25 year professional career."

Set-Up/Breakdown Crew and Event Usher (Current Employee) says

"-Fun environment to work Cons: Just a summer job"

Instructor (Former Employee) says

"I felt that I was not supported in my work and was not provided the basic needs. For example, the ceiling in my work space was actually falling down and nothing was done about it."

Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Former Employee) says

"It's an academic job at school in a republican governed state. Constantly under attack from above. Cutting majors willy nilly. May be better than when I was there, but I'd avoid working for the state of North Carolina if you can."

Associate Professor (Former Employee) says

"This is a small university with an inferiority complex. The administration looks the other way to ignore poor supervision and harassment. The administration decides who succeeds regardless of talent. Cons: Lack of diversity, inclusivity and respect. Very insular and clannish."

Student Research Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Can be demanding at sometimes. The salary is too low and the work expectation is too high...Very friendly place to work...."

Office Assistant (Former Employee) says

"I worked as an office assistant while going to school. It is a good school where students go learn and graduate with a degree. This college gives students the chance to become better."

Assistant Professor of Construction Management (Former Employee) says

"I don't know about now, since academic department culture changes significantly with new leadership (which is quite frequently) , but while I was there the department was quite unstable while in search of a new department head. Competing schisms lead to a very hostile work place."

Associate (Former Employee) says

"The exempt (EHRA) employees walk a fine line and management depends heavily on supervisors. Although the location is great and the atmosphere is pleasant, the pay is below par. Top management is good overall but unit managers need better skills development."

Head Women's Basketball Coach (Former Employee) says

"When I took the job as Head Women's Basketball Coach at WCU, the program had only won 2 conference games in the previous 3 years. The program had never really been competitive going back to its inception. With half the scholarships of the other Southern Conference teams we competed with (Furman, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Marshall, East Tennessee State, Wofford, Davidson), we were able to compete and win conference games. I was frustrated at WCU because we were never on a level playing field with the other conference members. I also felt like I had reached the proverbial 'glass ceiling' being a male coaching female athlete, because at that time, the movement to hire female head coaches had begun. Coaching at a Division I school is challenging, tough, and stressful. It is a 'back-stabbing, 'what can you do for me today,' type atmosphere. Cons: Pay, administrative support"

Chief Audit Officer (Current Employee) says

"Lack of resources make an otherwise wonderful place to work very difficult. This does not look as if it will change anytime soon. Resources are dependent on legislative activity."

Work Study Student (Former Employee) says

"I worked in the university bookstore. It was a work study situation. I could only work a few hours a day due to a rigorous course load. It wasn’t hard work, but needed work."

Student Support Specialist (Former Employee) says

"This job required a lot of skill and motivation, yet the pay was not adequate for the amount of stress involved. The leadership was not supportive of this position."

Director of Media Relations and Social Media (Current Employee) says

"Working in the athletic department there are great people but the hours are not so great. Long hours and little pay. There is some great chances for travel but almost no time off for nine months out of the year and having to work almost every weekend. Cons: No time off"

Current Employee - Assistant Professor says

"I have been working at Western Carolina University full-time for more than 5 years Cons: misogyny, nepotism, racial inequality, lack of diversity"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Western Carolina University full-time for less than a year Cons: Management is inherently stupid, IT is poor, standards are low grade, no one works a 40 hour week except a few, i'm looking to leave asap. been here for two months and it's terrible. The city is terrible have to drive to sylva..which is basically just a bunch of fast food joints with run down bars."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Western Carolina University full-time Cons: WCU is a terrible place to work. Administration couldn't be less supportive. The state is in higher education crisis, but folks there do not use the power they have. Morale is low, and the entire culture feels like a high school popularity contest instead of a workplace filled with bright people working towards excellence."


"I have been working at Western Carolina University Cons: Overwork and very little pay"


"I worked at Western Carolina University Cons: If you are a person of color it is not a welcoming environment. There is no support and you will feel alone and secluded just like the mountains. Too much of the buddy system around there. If you are in the clique, then you can make it. If you are not, then you need to get out of there as soon as possible. Less than 2% of your faculty and staff are minorities... that is a problem."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Western Carolina University full-time for more than 5 years Cons: The organization is very backwater, very sexist, racist, and homophobic. Its commitment to diversity is merely words. There are few opportunities for advancement for women, persons of color and LGBTQ individuals."


"I worked at Western Carolina University Cons: It is all about friends there. Either you are among the chosen few or not. The chosen have the good life - easier workloads, more resources, etc. Those not chosen are burdened excessively and treated poorly until they leave, voluntarily or not. Please note the high turnover of employees. This occurs even though WCU is the only local employer of note. If it does not work out, you will have to move."

Current Employee - Area Coordinator says

"I have been working at Western Carolina University full-time Cons: I think there is a lot of favoritism here. The people who ask for more, don't receive it. Overall it's just very frustrating and every little thing that others do is always your fault."

Former Employee - Adjunct Professor says

"I worked at Western Carolina University part-time for more than a year Cons: old tech, old pedagogy, uninterested faculty"

Former Employee - EHRA Staff says

"I worked at Western Carolina University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Poor communications by middle management"

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