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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.9 445 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler

Eric W. Kaler

(149 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
  • 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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    Higher Education is not a utopia

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, intelligent coworkers, activities on campus

    ConsNo HR oversight for bad work environments, bullying in the workplace is overlooked, little opportunity for career or salary advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet 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.

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

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    Poor career opportunities

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    Prosgreat people in the department, decent benefits

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Student jobs are jokes

    Student Laborer (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

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

    Conspay is minimal for a whole lot of work doing Landcare

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    Better go back to school.

    Junior Scientist (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

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

    ConsThe 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.

    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.

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsNo 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.

    Consclassic 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An interesting place to work.

    Cne (Former Employee)

    ProsThere 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees might have the answers that you are seeking-collaboration not keeping all in the dark might work better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Admissions Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    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 Senior ManagementQuit 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    As an undergraduate, I graded homework assignments (never exams).

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI gained experience in evaluating student work. It helped me understand how to assess submissions, how to provide helpful feedback, and how to improve my own assignments.

    ConsWe were expected to work 3 hrs/week, but grading took much longer. Due to time constraints, it was sometimes difficult to to effectively communicate with the professors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-evaluate how much time your employees are working.

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    Decent experience, a lot of hours

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsIt is a great starting point for anyone who is interested in working in Division I athletics. I was given a lot of responsibility and met leaders in my field in the Twin Cities area. I also know they offer great retirement benefits, though this was not a benefit given to graduate assistants.

    ConsExtremely demanding hours and no Graduate Assistant union to fight this- I worked far, far more hours than the 20-hour "limit" for graduate assistants. Other Big Ten schools offer more competitive pay (ex. Iowa) and are less demanding.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked first as a student worker, then was hired on as a staff member.

    Principal Accounts Specialist (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThe medical and leave benefits are amazing. It's hard to find a company that provides 4 weeks of vacation right off the bat. A lot of people there also have good job satisfaction and stability.

    ConsLower salary (due to insane benefits). Rigid promotion process (not really merit based). Hierarchy is complex and difficult to navigate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes infinite job security is a bad thing (especially at lower levels). Find a way to reward effectiveness, not effort.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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