University of Connecticut Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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Pros
  • Nice working environment which is full of nice people (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, flexible hours, lots of useful training (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The health insurance coverage for graduate students is poor (in 5 reviews)

  • Health insurance benefits have been drastically cut (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good job to retire in, not for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice setting to work in

    Cons

    Not enough job growth opportunities


  2. Graduate assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexibility, on campus with other young people who still have their sanity

    Cons

    underpaid, overworked, no benefits, few terms of employment (how many vacation days, sick days, etc) Although, that's just my lab. It highly depends on your departments and major advisor/PI

    Advice to Management

    Follow contract (20 hours pay for 20 hours work per week) not 20 hours pay for 40 hours work. Ask us to treat it like a job but then they don't.


  3. Professor

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Connecticut as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexibility in working schedules and people seem positive

    Cons

    Needs to improve efficiency as every process is mired in unnecessary paperwork; plus no respect for research faculty; and narrow selfish mindset.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value and use your faculty/'s assets effectively and improve leadership and efficiency.


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  5. Do not waste too much of your life here

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Connecticut part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good ice cream, good basketball team?

    Cons

    it is really about the department and grad school, pay your grad students betters 15000-2000 fee-tax=???

    Advice to Management

    treat your graduate students as human beings but not slaves


  6. Help do experiment for research projects.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Too little extra positions during holidays.


  7. Not positive, not totally negative. I would not do it again.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, It is challenging and enjoyable to interact with students. It is not hard to travel to interesting places nearby.

    Cons

    Management versus union battles get tiring quickly. Being a state employee restricts creativity and innovation. There is no general feeling that any good is being done. Money is routinely wasted.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the purpose of higher education. Learn to assess, analyze, and lead. Get out of the 19th century. Realize that higher education needs to drastically change.


  8. Paying Union Dues is a Waste of time at UConn

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Snow days. Higher than average pay scale. On campus food service. Employee testing gives impression that transfers are easy, they aren't, but at least you've got an actual test score that says you have a brain.

    Cons

    Parking distance from office. Politics. Total disregard by Sr Management for the activities of Middle Management - they get away with mind-blowing activities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the current dept budget process. Telling depts they must spend $ to get more $ is counterproductive and just wrong.


  9. If you're serious about your career go somewhere else for grad school

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Storrs Manfld, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Storrs Manfld, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good pay and benefits as a grad student - Classes are easy and expectations are pretty low

    Cons

    - Incompetent leadership in my department or division - Professors do not care about grad students - No opportunities to get exposure to projects that will help get a job in research or academia

    Advice to Management

    Look at the time it takes an average student to obtain a Ph.D. in each department. Look at attrition rates of Ph.D. students. Then start holding division and department heads accountable.


  10. It's a state job. Prepare accordingly.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's relatively stable, change is slow and many things are planned out. Once you're in your position, depending on your role, you're somewhat free to do your job as you see fit (especially in the technical fields)

    Cons

    Lots of people in administrative positions where they are unqualified, and like any good government agency there's an incredible amount of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fear change, embrace it. The students are ultimately the people who pay their bills.



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