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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014
Updated May 20, 2014
469 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 19 reviews)

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


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

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

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  1.  

    Too much oversight, which also proved to be ineffective.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Scientist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Junior Scientist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits were good, and the training is great.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of gossip, without a lot of productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Limited 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 ManagementAdvice

    Advisor roles should be taken more seriously and critically evaluated by upper management personnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Needs improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    The students are creating great change there.

    Cons

    Employees 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, and understand both sides of the stories

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  5.  

    Tough Transition from Private to Public Sector

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Professional and Administrative (P&A) Role  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Professional and Administrative (P&A) Role in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual 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

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat professionals like professionals and let them focus on results and not how many hours they occupy a seat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    HR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources E  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources E in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits for all peoples

    Cons

    Not good managmenet that listen well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits but....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits
    Vacation time
    Health care
    Graduate school

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat, be accountable, support your staff, be responsible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Really poor Human Resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    University of Minnesota Physicians

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Patient Representative  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Patient Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    *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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    The insurance and leave benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change of management - new blood, new objective perspective

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    University Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    With 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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