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University of Colorado Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
79 Reviews
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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.  

    I would not suggest working at UCCS.

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    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 an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2.  

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

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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 8 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    GREAT UNIV

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

    I have been working at University of Colorado part-time

    Pros

    Great environment and campus is beautiful

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IT Helpdesk

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Boulder, CO

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  9.  

    CU is a fairly neutral place to work

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    For 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good upward mobility and connections, tedious office work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Connected to massive resources and connections, especially in research.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Setting 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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