Robert Balik - Western Michigan University

Professor: Robert Balik
Department: Business
College: Western Michigan University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: FCL345
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a tough person. His assignmemt is demanding. His classes is hard. What more the quizes and exams. Dont back out, be patient and prepare to learn. The excel is vital for finance and valuation modelling. I was there 20 ago. He is a great mentor and advisor for my Honour theais. We won WMU awards.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took FIN 3200 & later took FIN 3450 with Dr. Balik because I thought he was extremely effective (my major/minor was ISM/CIS). For FIN 3200, homework accessible with an online access code was mandatory, and there were 8 quizzes throughout the semester, which made the difference of my success in learning in class, and on the midterm and final.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He was the hardest prof I've ever had. He goes too fast (slides). Doesn't explain the chapters well. He will make you feel stupid if you ask a question. The exams are HORRIBLE! He will talk to you about your grade. After you finish speaking to him you will feel worst. Study hard or find a different prof. Don't miss a class !
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I can see how Professor Balik would be a good teacher for the higher level Finance courses. His attitude is terrible for teaching and he implies that his students are idiots in class when they can't answer his questions and his tests are extremely difficult for people who have no interest in Finance.He should not be teaching introductory Finance!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you don't want your professor to teach you anything but have him make your exams as hard as possible, this is your class. Putting a problem on the overhead and repeatedly asking for the answer is not teaching anybody anything. Basically I taught myself enough to scrap by but there has to be a better finance professor at WMU. AVOID.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
WORST PROF. EVER. Honestly, worst ever. Do not take him- this man should not be aloud to teach. I Wouldn't even call what he does teaching... I did well in the class too but by no help of him. DO NOT TAKE HIS CLASS if possible.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: FIN6910
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
We called him, "Professor Trainwreck." He assigned us case studies and had no idea what was in them. He told us it took him 8 years to get his PhD.I believe Iowa gave him his doctorate to help their "time to completion" stats.I would bet money that the "Best professor ever" comments were submitted by him. He's borderline retarded.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Brilliant professor... Dr. Balik is truly effective at structuring class and assignments such that students become job ready. Very thoroughly teaches students not only computer applications of finance, but how to do the underlying computer operations efficiently, which is so valuable real world.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Most absurd class I've taken at western by a long shot. Strict deadlines for students and then he fails to meet his own deadlines. All computer work except for the 2 exams in which you must know how to do everything you've done on Excel by hand, pencil and paper. STEER CLEAR at ALL costs...
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best I ever had.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIS340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took Dr. Balik's class in the 90's. It was very hard, but I credit his class for helping me to be as successful as I am today in my career. I've used many of the tools he taught throughout my career. I remember hating his class at the time like most did. However, you'll thank him later. Thank you Dr. Balik!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No offense to the guy but it's been more of a headache than any other professor I've had. I take more than just his class and can't afford to spend hours on end working on projects. You will get marked down the same points whether its a simple format error or you get a completely wrong answer. It was just stressful dealing with his teaching methods
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I have been graduated for 2 years from WMU and Professor Balik's class is the one that i remember the most. It was one of the hardest classes i took in college, but has been the most benefical to me in "the real world". This class is time demanding but very educational. You learn not only to do finance by hand but also through excel.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: FCLFCL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Bob Balik is probably the best teacher at WMU. No doubt, his class is hard. I graduated 7 years ago in Finance and still use things I learned in his class. Take his class, put in the time, and it will pay off. If you can't put the time into it, then take someone else. I have over 200 credits and the 3 most valuable credits came from his class.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great teacher, i understand it may be tough for students that dont like finance but if you do he is a great teacher to learn from.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: FINC6910
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
with out a doubt, the worst professor I have ever had, and I am over half way done with my masters degree. Completely unreasonable expectations, the final exam is over nothing covered in the class, very slow at grading projects.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Doesn't teach, makes his students do it under the guise of project/presentations. Each assignment is ~25 pages long and you'll be graded down just as severely for forgetting to make a line of text bold as you would for completely ignoring that section of the project. Class is all computer use then exams are paper and pencil uncovered material.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Stick with it, no matter how bad it seems you are doing on the quiz's or the projects, if you do them all, and do it OK, you'll escape with a C. Most severe grading curve I've ever seen. Take it, learn so much.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: FINAN345
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Large Idiot. Doesn't care if half the class fails. Doesn't care if 90% of the class cant' finish his quizes on time.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BUS3450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Some people overrate the difficulty. He explains how to do every assignment. Huge curve. Explains how to do the project in the class before it's due. if you go to class, and work at it. you will get at least a C.
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