University of Minnesota
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University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler

Eric W. Kaler

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    Management is unprofessional and under utilizing talented employees, little advancement opportunities.

    Facilities Management (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsPay is ok, a little under private sector. Union environment, benefits average for a University environment. Co workers are wonderful.

    ConsManagement and HR are poor. Overpaid and provide little leadership

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Corruption, cronyism abound.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt is a university environment, so the surrounding neighborhood is pleasant. Minneapolis-St Paul is a nice metropolitan area to live in.

    ConsI witnessed grant fraud, HR violations, and had to deal with a lot of general incompetence. There are many faculty that are walking horror stories of tenure committee's poor decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lovely coworkers, administration is overpaid

    Adjunct Professor (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsSome of the most wonderful people work in the AHC. But they are the part time adjunct faculty. Easy access to campus.

    ConsAdjunct faculty grossly underpaid. Expected to put in 150% for 20, 30, 40, or 60% pay. Never got a raise, promotion as stated in employee handbook-even with excellent work record. Always asking taxpayers for more money to fund high administration and coaching salaries. If there is a tuition freeze, it's because people have been fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people with respect. Better yet, keep your tenure. I'll go work somewhere I am appreciated. Stop begging for money from the taxpayers and look in the mirror, if you can. I could not live with myself knowing that I am abusing people like these people do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not what I thought it would or could be

    Research Manager (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThe benefits are solid and reasonably priced.
    Great lively campus atmosphere, especially in the Spring.
    The retirement package is second to none (they contributure 10.5%).

    ConsIndividuals works in silos = No team collaboration/atmosphere.
    Lack of any formal (or even informal) training programs.
    Little compensation for the amount of expected work and raises every 5 years, if that.
    Heirarchy and beauracracy breeds a "Yes, sir...anytime sir" kind of environment (if you question authority your days are numbered).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to see job descriptions be written consistently across campus.
    Also, I think a training or mentoring program would be helpful.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Keep a chair warm for 30 years

    Information Technology Professional (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGreat benefits, low stress, stability. If you are looking for a place to plant your ass while waiting for retirement, this is it.

    ConsPromotions and raises are given for longevity, not merit, so the best employees tend to drop out of the bottom while the dead weight rises. Extremely conservative organizational culture; does not handle change well. Wasteful, outdated business practices. No accountability for mistakes, failures, or cost or schedule overruns.

    If you are new to the company, it can be difficult to break in to the culture. People and processes have been in place for decades. Organizational momentum makes changing course nearly impossible. People tend to stay with the company for life. For these reasons, career growth opportunities are limited. Advancement opportunities within the company are limited. There is no reason to stay at this company unless your only criteria are low stress, stability, and good benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at all of your employees with under five years of time with the company and start trying to use their skills and ideas. A balanced organization will have a diverse mix of new and old employees. New people bring new ideas, something that is sorely missing at the University.

    There is a goldmine of talent at the University. Unfortunately, most of it is sitting dormant. A culture change is needed to shake off the cobwebs. Employees need to have a renewed sense of the University's mission.

    Stop raising tuition. You can find savings within your operations. Do not pass organization inefficiencies on to the students, they already pay enough.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Look elsewhere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCampus atmosphere and decent location.

    ConsChoose your PI carefully. Some are very poor managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pointless

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits, coworkers, location, tuition reimbursement

    ConsIncompetent management and poor leadership

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very good experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe best benefit for me to work at University of Minnesota is that I learned a lot from both classes and team work.

    ConsThe downsides for me to work at University of Minnesota is that the rate for research assistant like me is kind of low

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to suggest that University of Minnesota won't charge stadium fee to everyone. And don't link TCF bank to student cards

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bureaucratic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Chance to make a name for yourself if you're willing to play high stakes in office politics.
    -Good place for academic staff to get hired on - lots of opportunities.
    -There are a few diamond in the rough managers who are priceless.

    Cons-Good workers aren't rewarded. Sometimes they're actually let go if seen as threatening.
    -Department managers shift blame and the bulk of responsibilities to the clerical staff.
    -U of M preaches diversity and respect, but doesn't practice what it preaches.
    -HR isn't afraid to play under the table.
    -Regents Scholarship is practically worthless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThree and sometimes four levels of management to perform one function is overkill and it's unnecessarily funded. Ask the grunts who work at the bottom what they need and the answers will come out. Stop hiring overpriced managers, hire two/three/four clerical workers instead and get the job done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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