University of Colorado
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Updated Jun 26, 2014

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University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson

Bruce D. Benson

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    If you don't have an MA or MS when you accept your position, don't expect to move up.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsBenefits 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!

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that there is an entrenched hierarchy that is indicative of higher ed and ask your employees how it affects them.

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    Great for learning

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearned how to use many research equipment and the research process

    Consvery dull and boring at times

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    GREAT UNIV

    Student Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat environment and campus is beautiful

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Boulder, CO

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow students to have more autonomy over their jobs and what not.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsState 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 Senior ManagementLet 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Doctoral Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Aurora, CO

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

    ConsYour 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 Senior ManagementI 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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    CU is a fairly neutral place to work

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
    Aurora, CO

    ProsMedical and dental benefits are decent here. My experience has been in the research labs where some areas receive good support, some areas do not.

    ConsFor some of the academic positions, there is no reasonable way to contribute to a retirement plan and have the University match that at any level. This is not true at all universities so it is worth considering.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be useful if management generally had more contact with the individuals who work for them. We are interested and interesting people who want to contribute and help to create value in our research and studies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good upward mobility and connections, tedious office work.

    Clinical Research Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsConnected to massive resources and connections, especially in research.

    ConsCan sometimes feel like a glass ceiling in regards to job mobility--when changing jobs there is a ton of bureacracy

    Advice to Senior ManagementSetting real deadlines and supporting individual interests goes a long way in job satisfaction (vs micromanagement). My manager was great about making everyone feel like they're part of the team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Educational community feeling, quiet, safe and clean with good benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood environment, one class paid for by the system every semester, knowledge enrichment opportunities and good benefits.

    ConsToo many politics, hard to get in, easier to move around once in but otherwise their hiring policies are a little crooked. They tend to build the job descriptions around people they want in the position so outsiders never get the chance to be hired, it's all rigged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house once in a while to get new talent, hire more honestly, more care about the existing employees and a little less politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The good, the bad, and the ugly

    Professional Exempt Staff (Current Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsIn my position, there are a few great things:
    Flexibility in work hours/ work location (good directors have probably allowed for this)
    Great connection with coworkers- longstanding relationships and friendships
    Coworkers really support one another - there is a good team sense and support system within office (this is what keeps me at CU)
    Most prof exempt coworkers work hard - pull their weight
    Make lots of 'friends' within department due to nature of longevity for employees
    Have a lot of good clients, although some faculty need to let go of their egos
    Good vacation/sick leave/etc.
    Casual environment

    ConsVery undervalued, supported and appreciated by higher management (if didn't have office support- wouldn't be a great place to be as the office makes up for this) -leadership's favorite word is "no"

    Horrible pay - NO pay raises (even with consistent stellar reviews which allow for highest pay raise percentage - this is for professional exempt positions- don't know about faculty positions

    No opportunity for growth in current office - no where to move up to as we are not an academic dept

    State employees- don't work, but can't fire them, just have to wait until they retire
    Dept is too tied to the state system - need to separate from the state more

    Benefits have gone downhill and gotten more expensive over the last 10 years - have lost some benefits as the State has declared them "perks"

    Extremely bureaucratic, which makes doing your job well very frustrating - even when you have 'learned how to navigate the system'

    No buy-in for services rendered to the public as university system is too large and fragmented with each area having its own vested interests and direction

    Academic people 'running' a business - (which has proven itself to not be a good idea) -

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit having tunnel vision only for the 'numbers' and start working on raising morale within the department. Figure out how to provide better pay raises. Start supporting the 'beams' that are holding you up by appreciating your staff and listening to them. Practicing saying 'yes' - and making your actions more succinctly line up with your words.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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