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University of Colorado Reviews

Updated April 28, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014
79 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Hospital has Good benefits, clinically challenging and team work (in 6 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance living in Boulder (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • To get stuff done, there would sometimes be needless red tape, something that would not be there in smaller companies (in 3 reviews)

  • Decisions by upper management are not always well thought out with respect to unintended consequences (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Depends on both your department and your supervisor

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Beautiful campus, beautiful city.

    Cons

    Pay is academic (i.e., low). But you're very much at the mercy of your department and your supervisor. In some departments, the garbage is not routinely taken out and the bathroom's are a mess and the support staff are either completely over-extended or dysfunctional. In others, things run like clockwork. Also, some of the faculty are great to work for. They have your back, they assist you with career development and networking. Others are all about number one and it shows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least pretend you care about the people working under you. Also, in the upper echelons, please don't freeze hiring and raises, give yourselves a pay raise, and then send out defensive e-mails about how it's really a shared sacrifice because your raise is smaller than you would like it to be. It's just tacky.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of egos and lots of politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fellow staff were friendly and nice. Hours were good, and the vacation time was ample for professional staff.

    Cons

    I preface this by saying I had never worked for a university before. I worked for the Law School as professional staff. I found there to be a huge divide between faculty and staff, with the ego of several faculty bordering on arrogance. They treated most staff like they didn't have a brain. Also, it became apparent that competency wasn't the most important thing, but loyalty to the Dean was. There are several people that are clearly in way over their head, but what mattered most was they played the game right, and their loyalty could be counted on, not that they knew how to do their job.

    There was little in the way of camaraderie or working together, most people just retreat to their cubicles or office space and buy themselves in the computer. Most departments are very competitive trying to make themselves look good at the expense of someone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need better leadership at the top, and need to put people into key positions who actually know how to do their jobs, rather than just suck up to top management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eye opening; not always in a positive way.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Exposure to working with both a large public sector employer and a large and variable customer base; Learned how to navigate politics in a large institution; ability to work with business and acedemia;

    Cons

    Large budget cuts at the state level resulted in more work to do with less people -projects may not always get finished; Sr. management didn't always share changes or information that staff may have felt was critical; politics resulted in challenging working conditions;; management didn't know how to foster a cohesive working environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to receive staff level input on in ideas and execution since they are the ones on the front line. Build trust by being honest about sharing information that can be shared vs. information that you can't share immediately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Typical RA job but management lacks view of the big picture.

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Benefits were nice: lived in dorm and ate at dining halls for free. Was able to make my own decisions on disciplining my floor and community building.

    Cons

    Upper management is secretive and gave very short notice of new/impromptu policies. I was on the job ALL the time, even when I was sleeping I would have to deal with issues if they cam up but that is the nature of the RA job. Off-campus life was also censored and work-life balance was non-existent because you had to make your work your life. They used to say, "It's not a job, it's a lifestyle."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put yourself in the RA's shoes and think about everything that you expect of them. Understand that not all RAs are alike and that you can't mold everyone into your ideal RA. From my experience the management desired robots, not real people.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Department Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Nice Colleagues, good weather, close to downtown.

    Cons

    Lack of funding, lack of interest in technology

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Department chaos

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    The student population is smart, energetic and very willing to engage in difficult tasks and discussions. The actual place of work, the town, is a wonderful place to live for the most part. A bit expensive, and not really as liberal as people outside believe.

    Cons

    Very poor management for the past few years. A few faculty holding the entire student population hostage with petty egos and even pettier ideas about other faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more directly. Attend classes to see how the teaching faculty are doing. Be fair to all faculty, not just those in tenured positions.

    No opinion of CEO

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