University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance as people could take time off (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits - especially the Regents Scholarship (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, little room for growth up the ladder (in 11 reviews)

  • Salary is on the low-end and there are not a lot of opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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  1. IT

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements available, investment in career development

    Cons

    Low pay, slow pace, can be challenging to move around, hard to break out of silo


  2. sudent

    Current Employee - Student in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Student in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Very good environment for my specialisation - VLSI. The courses offered for backend vlsi is top class and upto industru standards here.

    Cons

    There is scope for little improvement. It would be great if courses like low power vlsi design industry standards physical design are added


  3. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Executive Director of Curriculum Administration in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Executive Director of Curriculum Administration in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits for all full-time employees.

    Cons

    Faculty given higher priority over staff.


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  5. Program Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy--very little micro-management. Most departments encourage health work/life balance. Great Benefits. Opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    staffing can be low which can at time mean long hours during certain times of the year or for special events, pay for mid level management is low

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation does motivate lower paid employees and helps with recruitment and retention.


  6. Academic Advisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Great benefits (e.g., health insurance, vacation) -Wonderful people -Nice location

    Cons

    -No flexibility in work times/location -Slow to change

    Advice to Management

    -Consider incorporating more flexible work environments


  7. Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota (Less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive environment and diversity culture

    Cons

    parking fee is too expensive


  8. YMMV

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    Current Employee - Project Program Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Project Program Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people Good benefits Meaningful work; through our teaching, research, and outreach, we positively affect the lives of others, locally and globally. There are so many profoundly important things that University students, staff, and faculty do. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the work of my colleagues.

    Cons

    No opportunity for meaningful raises or compensation for exceptional performance. Salary stays stagnant unless you change jobs Some departments are run better than others Lack of respect for lower-level employees in some departments

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to compensate people for exceptional work while remaining within their current job. It is wasteful for a great employee who loves their job to have to move to a different job and get trained all over again just to get a raise. Check in periodically with each department to ensure it is running according to best practices, and provide REQUIRED support, training, and meaningful feedback FOR ALL EMPLOYEES so departments function as well as possible. There are huge variations in how different departments are run and some remain incredibly inefficient. Where best practices are not utilized or understood, departments often don't take advantage of voluntary resources available to improve, since they are not required to do so, and do not place a priority on it. RECOGNIZE AND VALUE EMPLOYEES WHO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, no matter what job level they are in.


  9. good university in a nice city

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Twin Cities campus is near Minneapolis downtown. A lot of Minnesota recruit from the university = decent job prospects.

    Cons

    If your goal is to find job outside of Minnesota, in bigger cities or other countries, you might bump into an issue that the university is not as recognizable.

    Advice to Management

    Good job on the quality of education. Try to attract more of the bigger companies, more exchange and collaboration programs. With respect to PhD programs, I wish the university tried to promote work/life balance


  10. Instructional Designer

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    Former Contractor - Training Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Contractor - Training Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Organization you can believe in.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic decision-making leads to stagnation.


  11. Reseach Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Big University, good environment, very professional, and lots of people. UMN is strong in research, a lot of useful instruments in different departments.

    Cons

    Nothing specifically. The only concern is about the winter season. It is too long, too cold, and too much snow. Be careful of driving.



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