University of Colorado Reviews

Updated May 12, 2015
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Pros
  • Good environment, one class paid for by the system every semester, knowledge enrichment opportunities and good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, decent compensation, not overly bureaucratic (in 3 reviews)

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

  • As any grad program, the balance between work and pay is pretty brutal (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Constantly struggling for money

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IRB Coordinator in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - IRB Coordinator in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Work from home days - Easy work - Laid-back work environment - Beautiful campus - Other employment opportunities available within UCD - IRB experience is always a plus

    Cons

    - Mindless paper-pushing - Large work volume and unrealistic goals - Very limited job advancement opportunities; no raises, bonuses, or incentives to stay - Poor office quality - Low office morale due to lack of funding/small budget - A revolving door of employees due to lack of advancement opportunities and the one-dimensional work - Constant office re-structuring


  2. Fine.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Work/life balance is bad despite efforts to promote balance.

    Cons

    Very competitive. Not very collegial.


  3. Mixed results

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    In Boulder, CO, students are a delight and from all over the country

    Cons

    in Boulder, CO, lots of free (or non) thinking people here means don't count on them.

    Advice to Management

    Less money on looking good, more on deeper education.


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  5. I would not suggest working at UCCS.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with students is a great experience. They love to learn and are eager to assist with daily tasks.

    Cons

    Although it is great that the campus is growing, the staff is not. Upper management piles on more and more work to the same amount of staff and expects excellent results from an extremely overworked and extremely underpaid staff.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to start caring about the staff that works at the University. You need to keep people to run a growing University.


  6. If you don't have an MA or MS when you accept your position, don't expect to move up.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but the training is lacking. You can find lots of opportunities to attend talks and other sessions, which are incredibly interesting. Working with students is great and keeps you young!

    Cons

    Difficult to break through the glass ceiling for pay and promotions if you are viewed as administrative.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that there is an entrenched hierarchy that is indicative of higher ed and ask your employees how it affects them.


  7. Great for learning

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Learned how to use many research equipment and the research process

    Cons

    very dull and boring at times


  8. GREAT UNIV

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

    I have been working at University of Colorado part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment and campus is beautiful

    Cons

    The school is expensive and the salary is not as great for student employees.


  9. IT Helpdesk

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy job for the most part and laid back coworkers in an environment that is conductive to learning. Let you take time off easily if.

    Cons

    Bad leadership and administration for the most part. Not easy to advance unless you change to different area within school or have connections.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to have more autonomy over their jobs and what not.


  10. A mixed bag: some wonderful, dedicated employees but infrastructure is shoddy and state financing is skimpy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of time off: 4-1/2 weeks per year for professional/exempt employees. Tuition remission of up to 9 credits per academic year. Good choices for health and dental insurance.

    Cons

    State funding for higher education is among the lowest in the U.S. Infrastructure is shoddy -- 30-year-old furniture, leaking roof, cramped space. Overly centralized micro-management of HR and financial issues. While most employees are great, some lack interpersonal and managerial skills.

    Advice to Management

    Let the Colleges manage their own finances to a greater degree; stop penalizing the departments that are growing and profitable by saddling them with annual "deficits" that they need to repay. One College grew by 17% but was limited to a 3% increase in its operations budget, which is untenable. The Chancellor should not be signing hard copies of every new employment letter of offer. Instead, the University should start using e-signatures and delegate approval of new hire offers to a lower level.


  11. Graduate studies in the Molecular Biology program. Overwhelmingly positive, but that largely depends on the lab you join

    Current Employee - Doctoral Research Assistant in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Doctoral Research Assistant in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    This campus is growing, with great clinical collaborations available. I loved the open floor plan of the research buildings, and had strong program support.

    Cons

    Your experience can be very negative if you join a lab with a mentor that is not available often. Your experience also differs depending on the program you join. Aurora isn't the best area, and you're many hours from skiing.

    Advice to Management

    I wish the university provided better support for career paths during your early graduate career. Sensitivity training and training on how to manage different student personalities and learning styles would be helpful for the principal investigators running student-based labs.



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