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University of Missouri Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
232 Reviews
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232 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 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits including retirement, time-off leave, and holidays (in 11 reviews)


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

  • Politics, Budget Cuts, Pay vs Private Sector, (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Department of Student Activities Chair

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    Former Employee - Senior Chair in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Chair in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    I was able to be my own boss make huge decisions for campus and create my own schedule

    Cons

    The pay is horrible work hours are irregular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay value employees more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good start point but not for the creative and outside box thinkers or long term career.

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    Former Employee - Facility Coordinator in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Facility Coordinator in Columbia, MO

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice perks of working with Rec Services. Very good training programs. Lots of social functions and student development activities. Lots of conference attendance allowed.

    Cons

    Very rigid and fixed system of doing things. Very stuck in tradition. Do not utilize peoples experiences and expertise as much as they should. Communication not always made clear on what is expected. Opportunities for personal professional development is minimal and narrow to those that benefit only the department. Pay is far below what work is being put in for time alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to listed to your front line staff and hold more focus groups with input from students and coordinators across the board to make sure all are on board and in agreement through one collective voice. Involve your members as often as you can to gauge honest feedback vs skewed and less then helpful surveys.

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

    Positive environment to keep focusing on research!

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly working environment. The faculties are interested in sharing their knowledges with students unconditionally. Beautiful campus, surrounds with great parks. Easily to keep a balance life.

    Cons

    The payment is highly determine on the advisor's fundings. Sometime lacking of sufficient payment can be a tuff issue to deal with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not for me

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    Former Employee - CSA in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - CSA in Columbia, MO

    I worked at University of Missouri part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Supervisors showed you what to do...if they had time. Customers were good, coworkers were funny or at least understanding

    Cons

    Supervisors are rushed and if you are even two minutes late you'll receive an angry call. Not a lot of courtesy for outside life - we're students!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take it easy on the rookies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Lack of administrative science support.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent amount of time off.

    Cons

    The biology department is imploding due to lack of administrative support. They've lost so many good faculty over the years due to poor leadership at every level. When I first started, there in the 1990s it was awesome. Thanks to poor leadership at the highest level as well as a board of curators who only know about business, the school has been mostly gutted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get non-business people to run the university. A university is NOT a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    If only the pay were better ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Working with university professors and other smart and interesting people.

    Cons

    Pay is not good, with no prospect of improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was alright

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    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    Values
    Office Culture
    The benefits are great for my family. I enjoy the health and dental. Also my oldest son gets 50% off tuition at the school since I work here. That helps out a whole lot.

    Cons

    The pay. Don't expect to make much and don't count on raises either.
    Sometimes depending on what happened at the university, you may have to say longer and there were times that I was not paid for my overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't say you are going to do something and then don't do it. Stick to your word because when you don't, you put your employees between a rock and a hard place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Steady, unexpected overtime

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    Current Employee - Psychiatric Aide in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Aide in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    Paid for schooling. Gave me flexible hours at times.

    Cons

    Management did not always value hourly employees. Planned meetings during sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand everyone's off-hours schedule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Graduate School

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

    I have been working at University of Missouri part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The resources and infrastructure here are amazing. The University does a good job of supporting research and professional advancement of graduate students.

    Cons

    Long hours, short pay, underappreciation by professors, and lots of verbal abuse unless you pick the right advisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider student health more than incoming funding as a rubric for advisor success. Too often, students get thrown under the bus because a professor brings in big cash. I understand you need cash, but good funding is not the only evidence of good science or good scientists.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    ehhh

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    The idea to provide meaningful programs is there, the follow through is sometimes flat. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than median. Much lower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in people, reduce spending on useless software and online education initiatives

    Approves of CEO

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