University of Houston Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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University of Houston President Renu Khator
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Pros
  • Great work environment, exposure to different tools (in 27 reviews)

  • Some areas provide a strong work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • So much red tape when trying to process a request (in 8 reviews)

  • Not offering Full-time during Summer (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Not entirely Tier 1

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Houston

    Pros

    One of the best things about the University of Houston is its diverse student population.

    Cons

    The University had very little support for its graduate students, particularly in the arts and humanities. The teaching load was (and, as I hear, remains) huge, despite relatively low salaries.


  2. Facilities Department

    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at University of Houston (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good quality of co-workers and benifits.

    Cons

    Horrible management and duplicitous bosses with no regard for U of H. advancement.


  3. Not a place for advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Houston full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It can be a really good place to get some experience, if you are just starting out. Some of the students are really great and there is a stronger sense of purpose, given that there is a large proportion of first generation students and lower to middle income folks putting themselves through school.

    Cons

    Very little autonomy. Generally speaking, very little respect for staff among faculty. The university is very fragmented, so if you work in an academic department, expect the department chair to set the culture. Unfortunately, the department chair I worked under constantly pitted staff against each other by telling each of them privately that staff member XYZ was out for their job. He was a master manipulator and absolute worst boss I have ever had and will probably ever have. Ultimately, when I had to seek therapy to handle the stress he put me under (for reasons I would prefer not to disclose), I knew it was time to go.

    Advice to Management

    Don't loose focus on the students you serve! There has been a lot of emphasis placed on becoming a tier 1 university, but with that has come changes that make it more difficult for the low to middle income individuals to attend.


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  5. More Personal than Professional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX

    I worked at University of Houston as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegiate setting The longer tenured employees are much more helpful than anyone else

    Cons

    The politics are overbearing Terrible management styles Long hours

    Advice to Management

    The recreation center needs to clean house and rebuild, starting with the director and assistant director


  6. Claims and Safety Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Houston

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You receive a 2 weeks off at Christmas

    Cons

    Miro Manager, very unorganized, no training, very low pay.


  7. My boss is really nice.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at University of Houston

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Balance work and study very easily

    Cons

    Salary pay is very low.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Don't buy into the hype

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I have been working at University of Houston

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Academic environment, flexible work schedule, good benefits

    Cons

    Leadership is a closed rank system. If you are not in lock step new ideas are shunned. No transparency, backroom deals, favoritism, strong arming. The academic culture has been suppressed in favor of marketing and appearance. Perception is their only reality.

    Advice to Management

    Try to listen and not dismiss ideas. Be honest, quit breaking promises to students and faculty. Get leadership team that is effective for faculty and potential new hires. Maybe a team that is competent and well trained and qualified.


  9. Horrible bosses and constant fear of reprimand.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at University of Houston full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have to screw up really bad to get fired.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, takes a lots of patience and have to learn to leave your work when you get home to keep your sanity.

    Advice to Management

    Provide at least competitive salaries to keep talent. Get rig of bloated wasteful middle management. The performance reviews are waste of time.


  10. HHP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Houston, TX

    I worked at University of Houston full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get in to college here

    Cons

    BS school, basically a paper mill


  11. Made for retiring individuals

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at University of Houston full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you know your job (or get training on your own money), there are no rush deadlines, no stress, no change. Ideal for anybody who wants to retire in the same job.

    Cons

    Any avenues for improvement needs extra work which is never encouraged by superiors. Even when you showcase an improvement, additional degrees, or certifications, internal promotions are not encouraged. Growth opportunities are non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Do you know how many overqualified people you have? They can be utilized more efficiently if given a chance. Make HR strategic. Find those people and give them opportunities to grow with the University.



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