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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.  

    A great place to work and learn with friendly, competent colleagues.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Professional I in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Development Professional I in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Tuition assistance - 100% for undergraduate program, 75% for graduate/professional programs
    Work/life balance

    Cons

    Mixed opportunity for growth
    Slowness of management to embrace change
    Decentralization leads to inconsistent decision-making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower all employees with effective onboarding and ongoing training. Focus on goals and outcomes, and don't add on non-value added activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Excellent university that remains a pioneer in the biomedical device industry.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Beautiful state and Minneapolis is a great city. The faculty all have an exceptionally strong focus on collaborative work, and it shows in their integrated research!

    Cons

    The weather isn't for everyone. Very cold in the winters where weeks are spent at sub-zero temperatures.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    A rewarding research experience at the University of Minnesota

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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

    Pros

    A rewarding research experience. top-ranked engineering programs. Outstanding faculty. access to lots of cutting-edge computational resources

    Cons

    Research oriented different from industry which is results/products-oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management and leadership skills especially for multidisciplinary research groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Students are engaged and enthusiastic to learn.

    Cons

    No personal growth due to nature of position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Fun campus, great location, nice people.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, public sector pay, mediocre sports teams.

  7.  

    Friendly & Respectful, perhaps too many meetings

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Supportive supervisor, very good to contractors. Friendly co-workers. Good work-life balance as people could take time off. (U of M Foundation). Tons of resources and pace not rushed for work.

    Cons

    Probably too many meetings. Seemed burdened by massive complexities. Onboarding was confusing at times but coworkers helped a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to pare down meetings. Don't get ripped off by vendors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    AEM Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Great environment. Controls professors are very helpful.

    Cons

    Small department and sometimes limited research opportunities with funding.

  9.  

    Housing Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Leaders really focus on development with employers and cares about their growth. There are meetings and inservices throughout the school year that help with development.

    Cons

    Shift coverage is difficult at times. Depending on the hall, residents can be very loud, but CAs are very helpful with everything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    University of MN is a top ranked research and teaching institution in a major urban setting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Faculty research to improve lives and make a difference in communities; good opportunity for professional development and personal growth, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    University is a big place, not as many promotions available, many people stay in their jobs for long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff and provide training for new opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    4 Years of student laborer

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Can work on homework approximately 50% of working time.

    Cons

    Generally work in between classes and do not have much time in between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule at least 20 minutes between work shift and class start/end.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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