University of Houston Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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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. IT Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    State employee benefits and pension plan

    Cons

    Lack of progression opportunities for staff


  2. Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is motivating to work in this big campus because you can feel the importance of the mission of the institution which is education and research, and which has the ambition of being Tier One. My department and lab are dynamic, and composed of good folks, and it creates a favorable place to work hard.

    Cons

    It can be difficult for labs working in life science because technical cores are not all top equipped or with properly trained and available staff to help users. However, the University is changing this, with the construction completed in 2012 of a Health and Biomedical Research Building and the ongoing construction of a Multi-Disciplinary Research & Engineering Building scheduled to be open in 2016.


  3. Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Houston full-time

    Pros

    I love The University of Houston. Diverse place to work and everyone is nice

    Cons

    Location has quite a bit of traffic, pay is not the best.


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  5. Writing Center

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    Current Employee - Writing Consultant
    Current Employee - Writing Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The staff is amazing, and the overall workplace culture is incredibly supportive. The work is intellectually stimulating, and often challenging and fun. Hands-down, the best job I've ever had.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible for the level of skill required because the university can get away with paying undergrads hourly. University administration (i.e., HR) is horrible to deal with, and every year our budget shrinks considerably, even though our department's performance is through the roof.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on that endowment, and get rid of the 20-hour cap for graduates. That would give us more incentive to stay, and would allow us to focus on the work that we do rather than making ends meet financially.


  6. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Adequate work and good learning experience while you are studying

    Cons

    Can think of any cons as such.


  7. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Houston (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in, great supervisor and staff

    Cons

    for me it's the 40 mile drive with the Houston traffic


  8. Student councillor

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    Current Employee - Lab Supervisor I in Clear Lake, TX
    Current Employee - Lab Supervisor I in Clear Lake, TX
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Houston (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good start to the career

    Cons

    Low pay scale for students


  9. Graduate Research Assistant - Chemistry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The quality of the education you will receive is good. Research is well-funded, all things considered. People are friendly, no bad office politics

    Cons

    Have to pay for parking - UH always has parking problems. You can either pay a lot for a garage pass or skimp on cost and worry about not finding a spot if you get there after 9 AM. Have to pay student fees every semester. For some reason you have to pay about 1000/year in fees out of your own pocket as a graduate student instead of the graduate school paying them for you. This is not the case at other schools. Feels confusing to be paid then told to give 1000 back. This is explained as "X department bills you and Y department pays you, and fees are not the same as tuition", but this is not how other graduate programs handle this issue. Stipends here are on the low end compared to other programs. Also you are not paid your first month but rather starting the second month "because of how the accounting system is set up". I don't remember if you lose a month of pay to this annoyance or if everything is just moved back a month, either way it's unusual. Not a top 5, top 10 or top 20 program, but realistically you know this already when weighing your options.

    Advice to Management

    Insofar as it is possible, raise pay (does the Rice rivalry not extend this far?) and do away with the practice of having graduate students pay fees every semester


  10. Lecturer

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Houston full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - responsibilities are limited by teaching (e.g., there are no additional administrative tasks) - the material tough in class is solely your responsibility

    Cons

    - once a lecturer, always a lecturer


  11. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Houston part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Got a chance to work on a real-time research problem for which we performed analytical and experimental solution and presented a paper during a conference.

    Cons

    Was not having sufficient time to further progress the study by considering few more possibilities due to heavy course work.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to work for 40 hours so that they can spend more time on some research activities.



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