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University of Missouri Reviews

Updated June 25, 2014
Updated June 25, 2014
218 Reviews

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University of Missouri President Timothy M. Wolfe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible schedule , great working environment and people (in 16 reviews)

  • Hours are flexible, working with students is very rewarding (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • At times communication with upper management can be difficult due to frequency of travel (in 4 reviews)

  • I don't think this is a con, but you'd have to enjoy living in a small college town to work here (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    wouldn't recommend it to anyone ...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Staff employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    OK

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

    Pros

    Good people a the town

    Cons

    low pay and a small town

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Underpaid

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    In the heart of Kansas City. Employment opportunities upon graduation. Business friendly city, so plenty of internships available while attending school.

    Cons

    Horrible payscales for students. A student instructor gets the same pay as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or grader for a course. Although faculty is well-accomplished, there aren't many positions for research assistants due to lack of grants. Extremely expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve payscales for students. Cut down on administrative staff who are often inefficient. Require faculty to get grants before promoting them. Have faculty collaborate with other departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    They don't care the benefit of the staff and students except professors.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    It's close to Metrolink.
    You can use lots of facilities for free.
    Salary is not bad.
    You can have some trainings.

    Cons

    They are extremely concerning about the professor, so, if unfortunately you have conflict with a professor, you will get into lots of trouble. Downside of public University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please just be fair. The professors or the rulers are not always right.
    I heard some students have to work till 11:00pm in lab.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    University of Missouri

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

    Pros

    Nice friendly small town. Decent opportunities.

    Cons

    It's a decent place to work, however it is the middle of the country and there still exists a lot of racial bais. It is what it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fairness goes a long way

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Completely depends on your department

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    Former Employee - Information Specialist  in  Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Columbia, MO

    Pros

    The university is located in a beautiful small town that feels homey and safe. It's a great place to work as a recent graduate or while you or a significant other are in school.

    Cons

    As with most public institutions of higher education, the pay is not great, but the cost of living in Columbia is low, so it's manageable. The bureaucracy can be infuriating for staff members -- knowledge sharing between departments, schools, and divisions seemed nonexistent to me at times, which was detrimental to all those who were working in PR and new media like I was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is just a small piece of the puzzle, but it is the piece I know enough to speak about: There must be a better fundamental understanding of the role information technology plays for students, particularly current students -- more than just "those kids are online all the time." I would start by asking these questions. What needs are not being met by the current websites and applications being used on campus? Who are the most qualified people to make these types of evaluations and the resulting recommendations?

    No opinion of CEO

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