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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
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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.  

    Love the UofM, minus the perverts and the enablers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great to work in an office culture that is largely intelligent, creative, and driven. Pretty good benefits package if you're young and healthy. Even better if you're faculty. Fairly secure employment.

    Cons

    Community is very difficult to build between, and sometimes within, departments. Training for administrative tasks is severely lacking, and the bureaucracy can cut into your productivity. "Old boy's club" is alive and well, though there are pockets of a more progressive culture. Bringing a lot of money to the U will still buy a lot of leeway in terms of bullying and harassing those with less power. Administration may look the other way depending on your department. Lack of transparency and accountability within the powers-that-be is disturbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's reprehensible that known harassers are tolerated because they get grants. There is a lot of room for improvement on changing official responses to complaints.

    Recommends
  2.  

    A big university

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A major employer in the region, so there are lots of positions available. Pay and benefits are ok (NIH pay scale).

    Cons

    Not much support for postdocs: no Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, postdocs with fellowships are classified as students and therefore get almost no benefits.
    Lots of bureaucracy.

  3.  

    A Good Place to Start

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Casual Environment, Regents Scholoarship

    Cons

    Pay, Lack of Career Development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Okay but

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits and flexible time off training and educational opportunities, lots of promotional opportunities

    Cons

    Behind in the rest of the world in technology- constant changing of priorities-too many middle managers-too political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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

    For student workers: a decent way to get beer money

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The work usually isn't hard, the compensation is generally pretty good, there are lots of jobs available, generally, and the managers generally understand that you're a student first, and an employee second.

    Cons

    Usually isn't always - sometimes students are relied on too much to staff critical roles in organizations, and that's not quite appropriate sometimes (like, say, finals week). There tends to be a frustratingly high ratio of bureaucracy to actual people who do things, which is a problem throughout the University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is too much administration at the U, and it needs to be streamlined without reducing effectiveness of the U community. Institute more ways for people who bring great value to the U to be recognized and well rewarded for it - it's a win-win for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    U of M is a good choice for people looking for steady job without higher pay.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Applications Developer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Junior Applications Developer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Many resources are available to school employees. The school is near the downtown with convenient traffic. If you are interested in research area, there are plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

    Unless you are working with research related area, daily job is kind of boring. Have to communicate with students who are not actually professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a school so the management is not profit-based. Still, it would be better to have more flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Unorganized, lack of structure, not enough coordination between research centers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Good benefits
    Nice transitional job between grad school and the real world

    Cons

    Non-negotiable salary
    Dated research topics
    Research is politically driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although the majority of the funding comes from the director's political alliances, what the Center produces is protected under the guise of academia. Because of this, the research topics should be more innovative. I would love to work in an environment where we push the envelop of what is environmentally and socially viable/responsible. Too often, our research is driven by who is funding us, but as the University, we should be more independent. Also, the professionals that are brought in to consult on projects need to be more relevant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good benefits at the University of Minnesota

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, hard to find anything as good at other companies.

    Cons

    Lots of last century thinking in terms of technology, and politics!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require people to adapt and change. Stick with decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    People are nice, but not much room to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temporary Position
    Former Employee - Temporary Position

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

    Pros

    People are nice, hours are flexible and willing to work with you.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow, or new opportunity/responsibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Welcome to bureaucracy!

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    There are an infinite number of things going on at the U. There are cool jobs to be had. If you find a niche to inhabit it's probably your for life.

    Cons

    No matter what your job is, there's an almost unimaginable amount of bureaucracy. They screwed up my health insurance and it took months to get it resolved, with three different departments all claiming it wasn't their responsibility. Probably half the people employed here should be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shoot yourselves in the face, after filling out 100 forms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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