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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
534 Reviews
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University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Director provides wonderful leadership and a there is a good work life balance in the office (in 25 reviews)

  • Employees have access to great benefits and are generally well compensated (in 30 reviews)


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

  • Not as much opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    None,therefore I have nothing to say

    Cons

    Abusive mentor, low salary, toxic work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    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)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep a chair warm for 30 years

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Campus atmosphere and decent location.

    Cons

    Choose your PI carefully. Some are very poor managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pointless

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Benefits, coworkers, location, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Incompetent management and poor leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    very good experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Three 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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