University of Missouri Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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University of Missouri President Timothy M. Wolfe
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Pros
  • flexible schedule , great working environment and people (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits and decent amount of time off (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management doesn't develop staff well, and there's limited room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Many employees are burnt out and have little to no incentive to improve or move on (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Boring job, more concerned with big donors than employees

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, tons of sick time, nice coworkers

    Cons

    stuffy office, little opportunity for advancement, organization spent more time patting itself on the back than fixing problems, inefficient and old-fashioned workplace practices.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize! Just because things have always been done a certain way doesn't mean they're being done efficiently


  2. goood

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri

    Pros

    It was nice school for study in addition they pay good for GA position

    Cons

    It is not a lot to survive

    Advice to Management

    Should try to be more generous to staff


  3. Business Support Specialist II

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri

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

    Pros

    Mostly nice people to work with. Working in administrative departments MUCH better than working in academic departments.

    Cons

    Some academics have a view of staff that is not at all like in the real business world. Some professors see staff as merely expendable minions and do not show respect for staff's talents and time.

    Advice to Management

    1. Set up some type of mentoring program for mid level admin staff. 2. Before putting professors in charge of departments give those professors some type of supervisor training and an overview of how admin staff works across campus. Putting someone in charge of staff without any training leads to great dissatisfaction for everyone.


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  5. I have been treated disrespectfully by a boss who plays favorites and penalizes those who she simply does not like.

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    Current Employee - Clinic Nurse in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Clinic Nurse in Columbia, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    weekends and holidays off and average amount of vacation time earned. perks such as discounts on tickets to local sports events, theme parks

    Cons

    no education opportunities despite the fact that it is a "teaching hospital". company values the almighty dollar more than patient care.

    Advice to Management

    Change your priorities. It does not matter how it looks --- what matters is how it is. Poor patient care is poor patient care regardless of what image we have given the public.


  6. wouldn't recommend it to anyone ...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some truly awesome people who work here. Sadly, none of them are in any position where they could make positive change at this institution. Easy commute if you live in Columbia. Low crime community.

    Cons

    Pay is far below national median No opportunities for career development To get a raise, you have to change departments My supervisor told me when i started, "The University does not care about you. It will chew you up and spit you out and then find a new cog to hire." I should have listened; he was right.

    Advice to Management

    The institution appears to be in the process of gutting its core services as it undertakes five years of budget reallocation to allegedly hire new faculty. Staff have already been laid off, even those who provide services to faculty. More cuts are to come. Why would anyone - faculty or staff - want to come and work in that kind of an environment? Senior management needs to be more actively involved in the campus, rather than just issuing edicts from afar. Rather than just announcing decisions, maybe ask the people in the trenches what they recommend. They know better than you what actually should be done.


  7. Decent first job, just don't stay too long

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    Current Employee - Web Designer in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Web Designer in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at University of Missouri full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not very stressful, decent benefits, fun environment, varying project types, ability to take control of larger projects to build portfolio.

    Cons

    Pay isn't anywhere near industry standards, slow-paced environment that leads to boredom at best, and decline in skills at worst. You won't often be challenged, and when you are it's usually when trying to do something new. The university doesn't move as slow as government work, but they're not anywhere near as fast as private industry. You will get rusty and become irrelevant in your industry if you stay too long.

    Advice to Management

    Pay should be competitive and based more on performance to inspire people to work more efficiently. There are so many people who have been working here for a decade or two who literally sit in their office all day and don't do a single thing. It's quite astonishing. Barriers should be removed when it comes to embracing new technologies.


  8. Staff employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable and uneventful workloads, benefits are average, pension plan partly funded by university

    Cons

    Not much room for growth, promotion or job ownership

    Advice to Management

    There is not much to be done due to current state economies and outlook


  9. The University of Missouri views its graduate students as grant and patent generating workers rather than as students.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Columbia, MO

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They do provide decent classroom instruction as well as adequate research facilities. A few of the tenured professors are genuinely concerned with student learning.

    Cons

    The organization cares very much about the revenue that a student can help bring in by working on grant-funded research. However, very little effort is made to ensure that students graduate on time or that they have decent career prospects. As a result, I know many students who finished with a PhD who can not find jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more heavily in career development for your graduate students. Using graduate students as underpaid techs is a short-sighted strategy that will harm the image and reputation of the institution.


  10. OK

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    Current Employee - Senior Res Specialist in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Res Specialist in Columbia, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people a the town

    Cons

    low pay and a small town


  11. Helpful (1)

    Decent benefits, but tons of politics and favoritism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO

    I worked at University of Missouri

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Tuition discounts, decent health care plan, retirement plan, working hours, ample sick and vacation time, good job for those who like the status quo

    Cons

    Tons of politics and favoritism, money is wasted on unnecessary expenses while employees remain under compensated, little room for advancement unless you are a "favorite," token communication efforts from management, huge salary and raise discrepancies that depending largely on favoritism and politics

    Advice to Management

    Realize that change in upper management is necessary to move forward and meet budgetary concerns. Trust that you have the talent in-house to get things done without spending money on outside consultants.



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