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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
472 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.  

    Graduate research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    education, research, study and campus culture

    Cons

    lift work balance is hard to achieve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More funding to student research's salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good School

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to TA.

    Cons

    The management can be vague in their expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up front in selecting a research advisor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, people are friendly and supportive

    Cons

    not too much intern opportunity for international student working in the field of mechanical engineering

    Approves of CEO
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    Higher Education is not a utopia

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, intelligent coworkers, activities on campus

    Cons

    No HR oversight for bad work environments, bullying in the workplace is overlooked, little opportunity for career or salary advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get managers better training, and offer academic staff better work-life balance opportunities. P & A staff are treated like entry-level hourly workers in many departments, which is demotivating. The lack of follow-through on poor staff performance (e.g. bitter lifer bureaucrats) and the lack of opportunities for advancement and managerial/supervisory experience erode incentives to perform.

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

    Poor career opportunities

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great people in the department, decent benefits

    Cons

    very little/now connection with pharma industry, low salaries as post-doc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Student jobs are jokes

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    Former Employee - Student Laborer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Student Laborer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    easy to get time off, summer hours 7-330 which is pretty decent

    Cons

    pay is minimal for a whole lot of work doing Landcare

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Better go back to school.

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    Current Employee - Junior Scientist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Junior Scientist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    You can get a lot of research experience, which is great if you want to do research for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    The pay rates are terrible for Jr. Scientists and the cost of living raises at year end are almost nothing. If you have to pay for parking, it's a considerable amount to be taken out of your paycheck each month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    No really, the benefits were the only reason I stayed. I guess there are some positives when it comes to advising, but it's really hit or miss and a little too hit or miss for my liking.

    Cons

    classic minnesota passive aggressiveness. The union busting efforts were a real downer and really took the wind out of everyone's sails, I feel. International students are often put in a position where they suffer from a two-tiered system of graduate appointments because of work visa issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    An interesting place to work.

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    Former Employee - Cne
    Former Employee - Cne

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for advancing your education. They are very understanding when life intervenes and FMLA is needed without repercussions. The benefits are good and reasonable.

    Cons

    As many of the programs are grant funded...there is no guarantee that the position will continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees might have the answers that you are seeking-collaboration not keeping all in the dark might work better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Admissions Office: Great Opportunities, But Non-supportive of People of Color

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    Former Employee - Admissions Customer Service Representative  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Admissions Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    -Great for connecting/networking
    -A ton of opportunities to explore post-bacc education

    Cons

    -Racist environment
    -Few opportunities for leadership
    -Lack of managerial support and collaborative staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit using the people of color in the office as tokens by putting them on the front of your postcard to highlight the nonexistent diversity present

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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