University of Minnesota
3.8 of 5 396 reviews
www.umn.edu Minneapolis, MN 5000+ Employees

University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.8 396 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler

Eric W. Kaler

(132 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Principal Accounts Specialist (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThis was a great first full-time work experience. I learned a lot about my department and the University.

ConsThe pay was pretty low, even compared to other departments within the University. There are not a lot -- or any -- room for advancement. The job can get boring after you are trained in & efficient. It is a lot of paper pushing.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy department management was great. The University management could do a better job of ensuring pay across departments for similar jobs is consistent and make the training process more efficient. I had to sit through nearly a month of training at a central office, where I didn't actually learn much of anything. The training that helped me for my job was with my coworkers, but I needed the training at the central office to get access to the Financial system. It was very inefficient, in my opinion.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I developed a lot of pride for my job and the school.

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

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

ProsGreat people. The office environment is centered around success for the school. Everyone is very friendly and willing to help everyone out. The workload was never too bad and being in sports was always very interesting.

ConsIt is very difficult to climb the ranks and get a promotion. Not many positions became available so I was never able to get a promotion.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great opportunity for personal growth.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Minnesota

ProsThe knowledge I have gained from here is more than I could have learned in any text book. The confidence I have in myself after working here is far greater than when I started. Everyday there is a new challenge, which keeps me on my toes.

ConsLack in follow through, knowledge/comprehension on company policies. Difficult to be fully engaged at work when others have a different work ethic than you, and do not follow the same companies policies and code of ethics as you do.

Advice to Senior ManagementWith the new facility to come in 2016, shorter exam times for physicians to see their patients will cause for patient dissatisfaction. Shorter physician clinic scheduled times (8hours a day to 4 hours a day) will cause for a longer wait list for patients to get into see the physician.

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Overall it has been a good experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time

ProsA lot of freedom to explore interesting research and opportunities to use state of the art equipment

ConsPay is very minimal for the expected time commitment.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry and help students graduate faster

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mediocre Company

Community Program Specialist/Clinical Research Coordinator (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat benefits. Great place to network with new people

ConsTakes too long to get a task completed. Too much red tape. There was no "orientation" that was specific to my position. I had to learn everything myself and find my own training sessions.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to actually manage. They need to find the correct educationals to give to their employees. When an employee asked for help, the management stated that it was an easy fix and to talk with "so and so". This does not bode well with everyone else in the University system/hospitals/clinics. An employee does not have the authority to tell the staff, that is not in their department, to do a certain task and make it a high priority task. Management needs to learn that not all employees have the authority that they do.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great experience, but not professional as i would have liked it to be

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time

Proscompetitive pay for the type of work

Consnot as many professional opportunities

Advice to Senior Managementbetter professional opportunities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not too bad for continuing education

End User Support (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe University has a regent scholarship program that pays employee one hundred (100%) tuition for the first bachelor degree and pays seventy five(75%) tuition for the next one. It has great benefits (health and time off) for the employee and the spouse and children as well. The longer you work the more hours you get for time off. People stays here for a while because of that. Depending on your supervisors, you can have a pretty flexible work hours as well. You are surrounded by lots of smart people that you can learn and ask questions. The people I work with, I consider them family and they treat me as such.

ConsThe promotions tends to be difficult considering there are many people worked longer than you. You will need to move to different colleges or departments to be promoted. It can be slow pace sometimes, unless you are willing to work on projects that will certainly take a lot of your time but no pay raise. Your salary is pretty much depended on the the number of students enrolled in your college and sometimes it can be frozen (no pay raise) if the college budget is not healthy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's student employment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Minnesota

ProsGood if you're living on/near campus, or looking for a summer job.

ConsNot the best pay for students.

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Community Advisor (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat resume builder with diverse job sets.

ConsTerrible work/life balance and stressful conditions.

Advice to Senior Management--

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not for everyone - especially young professionals looking to advance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- Great benefits - especially the Regents Scholarship. Anyone interested in obtaining their 1st bachelor's degree (tuition 100% covered) or a masters degree (75% tuition coverage) it makes a HUGE difference!

- The U of M seems to be a great place to retire or a place for those who find themselves in a director level position, have no desire to advance futher, and enjoy a relaxed schedule

- You get to do great work by working for an organization that develops college students and prepares them for their next step in life.

- Work/Life balance in my department is really great. (I don't know that this is the case in every department.)

Cons- There is no such thing as a career track at the UofM. There are no promotions. If you are interested in moving up, you must apply to the job along with internal and external candidates with no guarantees. Also, departments are often very small and very few individuals leave director-level positions resulting in minimal opportunities for advancement.

- Pay is significantly lower than in a corporate setting. There are no bonuses and raises are minimal

- Job classifications can be limiting. Employees at the U of M (in office settings) are put into 3 classifications: Bargaining Unit (union), Civil Service, and P&A. Even though all three classifications will work together on a team, benefits (including vacation/sick leave and maternity leave) are not equal. Also, bargaining unit employees are restricted from participating in certain opportunities outside their job description.

All of these have a detrimental affect on motivation and employee engagement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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