University of North Texas Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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University of North Texas President Neal J. Smatresk
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Pros
  • Great students and a wonderful work environment (in 11 reviews)

  • It is easy to maintain a work-life balance working at UNT and the opportunities for cross-training are vast (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • There's no cons really, it's just a part time job (in 6 reviews)

  • This is fine for most people but if you're struggling to pay rent or classes you may need a full time position, which they have available to students (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great place to start or end your career. Not great in the middle.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denton, TX

    I worked at University of North Texas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, nice working environment. Lots of experience to be gained.

    Cons

    Pay is about 1/2 market rate. In most cases you could go to another company and take two demotions and still get more money. No regular cost of living adjustments so your salary is practically stagnant. Meaningful promotions or salary adjustments are not common. Lots of opportunity for lateral moves at the same pay, very little room for real advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Work on adjusting salaries to something remotely close to market conditions and offer guaranteed annual cost of living adjustments (3%). Promoting and retaining existing staff would send a positive message about how you view the current employees.


  2. Student Worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of North Texas part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Co workers were all friendly and had lots of flexible hours.

    Cons

    Supervisors were quite harsh and strict and demanded more from students than what the position warranted. Pay wasn't that great.

    Advice to Management

    Management was very quick to fire students; after the first month only about half of the people who were originally hired no longer worked there. Basically if you made one mistake you were fired, management needs to understand that people make mistakes and help the employees learn from them not necessarily fire them


  3. Great Preparation for the Next Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, love my work with the students, and we get lots of professional development opportunities, and people great along very well. The professional development is preparing me for the next job.

    Cons

    Just the nature of higher education; pay is low and opportunities to advance are limited. It is not just UNT but universities all over the US. I need to make more for my growing family so I will be gone soon. Will truly miss the environment.

    Advice to Management

    The strength of higher education is the satisfaction of preparing the next generation, the professional development, and a positive environment. Make sure you keep those three at a premium.


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  5. Nice Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Denton, TX

    I have been working at University of North Texas (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent Benefits - State-backed retirement program - Relaxed work environment - Relaxed dress code - Relatively flexible work schedule - Vacation/Sick/Comp time adequate - Hands-on experience with brand new technologies

    Cons

    - Refuse to pay for trainings/certifications - "Pay-band" structure, which is designed to reward employees who increase their skill sets and responsibility, is not utilized to its full potential, i.e. increased responsibility != raise. - Management continually reiterates the need for "transparency" but refuses to participate in providing transparency to its employees. - Non-Competitive pay for skill sets. - Parking permits (required) have increased in price by 175% in the time I have worked here.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't treat your employees like assets, rather than people. - Utilize the pay band and reward systems to give people raises, rather than forcing them to seek new jobs to increase their pay. - Increase top-down transparency.


  6. Great Benefits, No Opportunity for Growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator III in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator III in Denton, TX

    I have been working at University of North Texas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As part of the State government, there is great stability unlike in the private sector. Benefits, including group insurance and pension plan, are top shelf, and vacation and sick time accruals are very generous.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for growth under the current staff organizational scheme. The career band model was only partially implemented, leading to stagnation, injured morale, and inability to grow in a position along with personal growth. There is no career progression without changing departments, making advancement nearly non-existent. Many faculty have no concept of what staff do for them, and are often demanding and expect staff to do things that could be accomplished by their teaching assistants if the faculty member had not waited until the last moment to complete a task. Faculty and administrators should stop sending emails to their support staff after a certain hour, or at least not expect them to be read and answered outside of normal 'office hours.'

    Advice to Management

    Although a review of the staff structure is underway which should alleviate some of the issues, supervisors / department heads should be more open to consideration of pay increases for employees. Staff have not had a cost-of-living increase is several years, and this can easily be alleviated by skipping faculty merit raises for one year and giving the entire pool to staff merit raises. An average 1% increase the last two fiscal years has done nothing but cover the increased cost of the group insurance premiums, making no net increase in pay for staff.


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    Cafetastrophy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cafeteria Worker in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Cafeteria Worker in Denton, TX

    I worked at University of North Texas part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    When you are a student at UNT, Kerr always has an open position for you. Most of the workers there are friendly and it is easy to form a sort of community amongst your fellow workers. You get one free meal per shift. I you follow most of the regulations, it is pretty difficult to get fired.

    Cons

    Low levels of sanitation. Harsh supervisors. Lots of pressure on people who are working around sharp, heavy, and steaming hot things. Working around food waste. When it is busy, you suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees like they are humans, because they are. Don't discourage socialization when it doesn't interfere with work. Be more generous and understanding of your student workers. Work on sanitation and food quality.


  8. UNT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of North Texas (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, nice people

    Cons

    Tend to get stuck in a job, lack of opportunity for development

    Advice to Management

    Put in place ways for people to get promoted


  9. Short Staffed and Nobody in Charge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist II in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist II in Denton, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and very flexible with schedule and time off. Wonderful coworkers. University President is trying to improve many aspects on campus.

    Cons

    Stagnant salary with no potential for growth or promotion. Department chair is not involved or even on campus most of the time. There are no policies or procedures and it is very chaotic with no leadership or management involved. The staff and faculty that do show up for work are left to fend for themselves and despite the continued tremendous growth of students and our duties, no additional staff is added. UNT has a history of being fiscally mismanaged and my department is no exception.

    Advice to Management

    Department chair needs to retire. Bring in people that actually care about our students and the department. Add adequate staff to handle the always increasing work load. The staff you have now are overworked and burned out. Have leadership and management that is involved and available in the department.


  10. TA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Denton, TX

    I have been working at University of North Texas part-time

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

    Pros

    You have the option to obtain health insurance or not at this point. They are also moving towards paying tuition for all of the TA/RA/GSA positions.

    Cons

    The administrative functioning of the school is not always the b st but it has gotten better. They combined some of the HR departments for UNTHSC and UNt and there wer issues for awhile. Not sure how the pay rates compare to other places.

    Advice to Management

    Could probably stand to be a bit more organized across the school. Working towards taking care of the graduate students more will go a long way.


  11. Good enough gig

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facility Assistant in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Facility Assistant in Plano, TX

    I worked at University of North Texas part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady hours, flexible with taking days off, helpful coworkers, opportunities for extra hours, easy hiring process, overall positive work environment

    Cons

    Little feedback, pay is not so great, you have to pay for parking or walk which was not so safe for a women when it's dark outside

    Advice to Management

    Employees shouldn't have to pay for parking, especially if you work them full time. Have employee parking or provide parking permits for employees



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