University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler
Eric W. Kaler
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance as people could take time off (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits - especially the Regents Scholarship (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, little room for growth up the ladder (in 11 reviews)

  • Salary is on the low-end and there are not a lot of opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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  1. underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

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

    Pros

    good vacation and benefits for long time employees

    Cons

    severely underpaid for hard work environment


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not so good

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    Former Employee - OFFICE SPECIALIST in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - OFFICE SPECIALIST in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and increases, beautiful campus, good public transportation options to and from work

    Cons

    arrogant, dishonest leadership, union technical and clerical employees treated like second rate trash, lack of upward mobility (especially for union employees), heavy office politics

    Advice to Management

    Stop with your arrogance self serving attitudes and focus on what you are supposed to do; serve the students. Clean up the politics and get into the 21st century.


  3. Junior Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, results oriented work environment

    Cons

    Low pay relative to industry

    Advice to Management

    Stop stealing ideas from students and staff


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Stuck in the Mud

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, great experience

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, high turn over, unrealistic expectations, high retention of poor employees (union)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on engaging employees, if raises or new positions can not be given research elective classes, seminars, or training, lead by example, actions speak louder than words


  6. Toxic work environment

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    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    None,therefore I have nothing to say

    Cons

    Abusive mentor, low salary, toxic work environment


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

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    Current Employee - Facilities Management in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Facilities Management in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management and HR are poor. Overpaid and provide little leadership


  8. Helpful (2)

    Corruption, cronyism abound.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Lovely coworkers, administration is overpaid

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Adjunct 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 Management

    Treat 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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Not what I thought it would or could be

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The 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%).

    Cons

    Individuals 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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Keep a chair warm for 30 years

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Promotions 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 Management

    Look 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.



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