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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
534 Reviews
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534 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 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.  

    Great place to work for a student

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours for student workers. Work-life balance is excellent -- if you need to study, it's always been easy to make time for that.

    Also, this place looks great on your resume. I've gotten a few interviews for full time work at other places purely because I have this experience listed.

    The culture is pretty laid back as well, in my experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes not much to work to do. Also new initiatives sometimes get brought up by management, or some department will decide on a "new way of doing things" but these changes seem to sometimes get forgotten about. This does seem to be getting better lately, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things are fine, overall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great for student research assistance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, being the research assistant, you get tuition waiver and health insurance. A lot of educational opportunities and people are so nice to work with. Office culture is good, people are really motivated to achieve better.

    Cons

    Sometime, things move slower because of office politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on what you are doing, benefits are great, student usually compete to stay in the position. Office politics are unavoidable but it would be great to minimize that and increase efficiency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Golden Gophers, Golden Handcuffs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Innovative, dedicated colleagues, excellent benefits, commitment to work-life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    As a research assistant in the college in the school program. I get a very rewarding working environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The staffs in the program are all well trained and nice to their assistant. Workload isn't unbearable, the percent of travel is reasonable

    Cons

    The working time isn't so fixing as given hours a week. It varies a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    A Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Working for the University of Minnesota has been great. The benefits are outstanding and the people are friendly. The work-life balance is unmatched to any other company I have been at.

    Cons

    The pay is low but that is expected when working for the University. Also, there are a lot of people who just collect a paycheck and don't do much work. It's hard to stay motivated in an environment where you are not rewarded for hard word. Not a ton of opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would find better ways to keep your employees motivated, there seems to be a lot of inefficiencies in how your employees operate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I am a student studying Industrial Engineering with a self-declared emphasis on inventor-ship and startup management.

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

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

    Pros

    The programs are great! CSE provides rigor, and has plenty of resources for it's students.

    Cons

    The 'inventor' oriented majors such as ME and EE provide little to no room for dabbling in product design, or entrepreneurship, equally important majors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the ease of self-declared majors within CSE, and make them CREDIBLE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Student Worker

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    people are great to work with and there is good management; there is great work-life balance, allows you to work from home so is very flexible

    Cons

    limited career development and low pay in general for students

  9.  

    Brilliant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Event Staff in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Event Staff in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Loved working there. The staff was great. The supervisors were also great.

    Cons

    The days were some times longer than I would have liked them to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Driven scientific research happening daily

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are in the right department and with the right PI, you have a lot of freedom to grow your skills, etc for your next position. The benefits are good (healthcare), hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, some academic apathy, difficult to advance. If you are in the wrong department/group leadership and training options may be limited. Pay is low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good opportunities for undergrads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    There are always a variety of positions to choose from. They pay undergraduate workers very well compared to a lot of private institutions. Coworkers will take you seriously even though you're a student. Your overall success is what is most important, so they're very flexible when it comes to balancing academics and work.

    Cons

    Positions can be competitive. Communication can be spotty between higher-ups and supervisors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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