Morale and Culture Damaged
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Flint, MI – March 2, 2019
When I started at UM-Flint several years ago, staff were positive, supportive, and proud of their work. When asked what I like most about my work, I used to answer "the people." Due to changes in leadership (Chancellor and senior leadership) morale has been severely damaged and irresponsible spending (an entire building we can't afford to renovate and make usable,) most departments and programs are drastically underfunded. Sudden, unexplained changes in structure, funding reductions, and lack of respect toward employees have caused many valued, long-term staff to leave. Those that stay face uncertainty as we never know whether we'll get the funding we need or which positions may be suddenly eliminated or reassigned. Nepotism runs deep and those in the right circles circumvent rules to serve their own agendas. The university has changed from a great place to work to a large, impersonal institution ruled by fear and intimidation.