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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014
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3.9 441 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler

Eric W. Kaler

(148 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Director provides wonderful leadership and a there is a good work life balance in the office(in 19 reviews)

  • Employees have access to great benefits and are generally well compensated(in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay for the amount of education (but hey, it's academia, what's new)(in 9 reviews)

  • Not as much opportunities for advancement(in 5 reviews)

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    Too much oversight, which also proved to be ineffective.

    Junior Scientist (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThe benefits were good, and the training is great.

    ConsTerrible base pay without much room for advancement and almost no bump in pay unless you advance your degree.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a lot of gossip, without a lot of productivity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Make sure to find a highly recommended superior before accepting a position

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsGood opportunities to work with people outside of the University in extension roles, friendly co-workers

    ConsLimited courses offered to graduate students, very little help in finding employment after degree completion, expected to work well beyond number of paid hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvisor roles should be taken more seriously and critically evaluated by upper management personnel

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

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    Needs improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe students are creating great change there.

    ConsEmployees don't have enough training in multiculturalism. Those in charge tend to have a disconnect with the idea and word of diversity , creating programs and initiatives that are ultimately removing People of Color from the University. Some higher ups are there, not because of the work but because of the information gathered while there(gossip).

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with respect, and understand both sides of the stories

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    Tough Transition from Private to Public Sector

    Senior Professional and Administrative (P&A) Role (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsCasual yet Professional Environment, Tuition benefit (IF you decide to take classes), ripe with potential, great opportunity to learn in a super-complex organization, I don't take work home with me

    ConsLots of red tape and "checks and balances" to get things done, low autonomy of work, budget-focused (no long-term vision), over-abundance of non-value added work, below-market salary, no clear career path

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat professionals like professionals and let them focus on results and not how many hours they occupy a seat.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Human Resources E (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGood benefits for all peoples

    ConsNot good managmenet that listen well

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees

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

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    Great benefits but....

    Web Developer (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsBenefits
    Vacation time
    Health care
    Graduate school

    ConsThe egos are crazy. There is so much crazy waste it is angering. Tons of overpaid management that do nothing. Tax dollars go to great waste. Very clique driven.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the fat, be accountable, support your staff, be responsible.

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

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    Really poor Human Resources

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsIf you are an RA, TA, or work 75% or more, you get some tuition reimbursement and good benefits.

    ConsLarge, decentralized, research university where people really don't care.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo better at tracking important information and actually answering people's questions instead of reading to them information off the web that they could have read themselves.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    University of Minnesota Physicians

    Senior Patient Representative (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    Pros*Fair pay for your first year of employment

    Cons*Not a lot of opportunity for professional growth
    *Horrible benefits
    *After your first two years of employment the pay scale is inadequate
    *Corporate philosophy does not seem to keep employees in mind (with the exception of the Physician staff).

    Advice to Senior Management*If you don't provide employees with incentive to stay with the company you will continue to have a high turn over rate and the need for a workers union will never go away. The incredibly low cost of living increases and ridiculous criteria for merit raises (when applicable) give this company one of the lower standards in health care employment. The employee insurance plan could be better as well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Clique of very long time employees stuck in group think, old ways of doing things, mistreatment of new employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThe insurance and leave benefits

    ConsSupervisor's poor management skills, blind to severe problems in long time employees performances and bullying, no perspective.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange of management - new blood, new objective perspective

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    University Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsSome of the best reasons to work at the University of MN are the students, staff and faculty. The campus is diverse and there are so many things to be involved in across the campus. The resources are endless and rarely a day passes that doesn't offer a new opportunity.

    ConsWith the above said, there are areas of the University that have horrible culture, are disrespectful to their staff, dismissive of diversity and generally oppressive conditions. This may be a surprise to some, but when you consider the staffing types needed to run the University it probably goes with out saying that certain industries bring their culture with them and it is further encouraged by the management in these areas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe leadership should really listen to the themes people are reporting as problems, and try to actually change the situations instead of just protecting those who foster the disrespectful culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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