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University of Missouri Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
220 Reviews
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220 Reviews
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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.  

    Positive environment to keep focusing on research!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  2.  

    Not for me

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CSA  in  Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - CSA in Columbia, MO

    I worked at University of Missouri part-time for less than a 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
  3.  

    Lack of administrative science support.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time for 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
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    It was alright

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor  in  Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Columbia, MO

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time for 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
  7.  

    Steady, unexpected overtime

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Aide  in  Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Aide in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at University of Missouri full-time for 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
  8.  

    Graduate School

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10.  

    Sometimes frustrating but overall a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Business Manager  in  Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    The campus is absolutely beautiful and the town of Columbia is a great place to live. There are chances to move up within the University if you are in the top of your field, or connected/related to top administration.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant as is the good ole boy mentality. Most promotions and openings are filled by relatives of employees and their friends. The University structure is very fractured and there is little oversight or governance from the top administrators. Staff is generally not highly valued by the top administrators and especially not by the faculty. There is a large baby boomer problem. University funds are tied up by salaries and benefits of the older and overpaid generation who produce very little. This strongly discourages young capable staff members to stay as their chances of moving up are typically blocked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. No one is entitled to a job just because they have been here for years or because their family has always worked here. reward those who produce and continue to invest in themselves in regards to professional development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Advancement Position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advancement Officer  in  Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Advancement Officer in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    Fairly cultivated and passionate alumni base

    Cons

    Terrible career development
    Fails to promote form within
    Salaries well under market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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