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University of Houston Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
361 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work environment and you get time to work on PhD topic (in 27 reviews)

  • There is a sense of community and the culture is work hard but also a work-life balance (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Working part time on these projects while being a full time student at UH made it challenging (in 7 reviews)

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    Research Scientist

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Some really capable faculty to collaborate with on interesting research problems. Generally, an energized and enthusiastic student population.

    Cons

    Way too much bureaucracy. Getting any paperwork done, esp. if it includes $ in any shape or form, takes forever. Zero accountability among HR and many other administrative offices (incl. the Office of Contracts & Grants or similarly named office responsible managing research grants). A lot of parasites among senior faculty and senior administrators. Bureaucrats and various paper-pushers who treat non-tenure-track faculty and scientists as if we (the research staff) are there for the paper-pushers and not the other way round.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the upper administration starting with the UH President need to be replaced. Department Chairs and College Deans, from what I've seen, are a mixed bag, from some very good ones to some very bad ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Faculty member in a small department (Central Campus).

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Houston, TX

    I worked at University of Houston full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The great diversity of students, faculty and staff creates an exciting and stimulating work environment. The campus is beautiful and the ongoing construction promises a better work environment for many. The old buildings have character which evokes the image of "hallowed halls" of academia. The classroom work schedule is wonderful and allows time for faculty to work on research. Positive work/life balance.

    Cons

    It is has been said that incompetence is promoted at UH. This may be a good thing because it takes these people out of the classroom. I recall pockets of anarchy in a certain college where antiquated chairpersons and associate deans run slipshod over everyone under their command, except a few favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house! While it is next to impossible to dismiss tenured faculty, please appoint leadership that is forward thinking. Nurture those who welcome a variety of theoretical approaches to their area of discipline. Require accountability for all employees and pay attention to evaluations of upper level management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    High expectations, low salary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Houston

    Pros

    I was rarely asked to work weekends/evenings. I was encouraged to take all of my vacation and never scrutinized for taking a sick day.

    Cons

    If you are not over 50, you aren't trusted to do anything. The business offices try to run the entire campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some reading on engaging people under 50, they are the next leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    ES Database Administrator

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at University of Houston full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Love the diversity of not just students but faculty and staff.

    Cons

    No work/life balance in this department. No raises in years for some, others only have to get married and they get a raise and a promotion. Staff retention and moral is at an all-time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate on how the management of this department is being conducted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Dreadful.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Houston

    Pros

    It is a convenient job for a student.

    Cons

    Dealing with the managers and the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be happy for once!

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

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Time Flexibility, Open-Mind,

    Cons

    Low salary, high parking fee, tuition fee

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Houston

    Pros

    Work-life balance is very good. Perks are not bad. Nice rec center. Mainly decent colleagues. Decent parking despite the complaints.

    Cons

    Very top down. The management is completely in cahoots with the board, which is appointed by a fashist governer. that means the place is almost entirely corporate. No student-athletes, only coroporate entrepeneurs who will sell their souls to the highest bidders. Mediocrity rules and learning is the last priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very top down. The management is completely in cahoots with the board, which is appointed by a fashist governer. that means the place is almost entirely corporate. No student-athletes, only coroporate entrepeneurs who will sell their souls to the highest bidders. Mediocrity rules and learning is the last priority.

  9.  

    Don't get RIF and expect to be re-employed with this company because it is not going to happen!!

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    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)

    Pros

    Good benefits and Leave rolls over.

    Cons

    Get some management in that know there job and quit hiring people because they are your friend or relative and have no background it the related field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your management on how to managed

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    low pay

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    Current Employee - Researcher I in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Researcher I in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    more holidays, easy work, free health insurance

    Cons

    bad management, few unfriendly staff/faculty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Personally fulfilling, but lacking guidance for amount of responsibilities

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    Former Employee - Residential Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Residential Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at University of Houston full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, they know you are a student and don't work you too hard

    Cons

    Relatively unsafe campus and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure work hours better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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