University of Texas at Arlington Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari
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Pros
  • There's a very good work life balance across the board (in 6 reviews)

  • The work environment over here is quite good (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, even with the benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • No benefits for part time employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Office Assistant- Apartment and Residence Life

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Arlington, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington

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

    Pros

    Exiting work environment
    Fun Co-Workers
    Events constantly going on

    Cons

    Low wage
    Scheduling Unpredictability
    Unpleasant Residents
    Disrespect towards student employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay the student employees more
    Take greater care into the hiring of Resident Directors


  2. Well, it's UTA - what did I expect? A review of a PhD student experience at a program in the College of Business

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Arlington, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington

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

    Pros

    The politics are truly at a minimum. There are several faculty who are open to doing research with doctoral students who can have helpful skills in the process. Upon completion of the program you will be qualified for a research-oriented professorship at about 20% of research schools, and you will probably have very marketable skills for some well-paying private sector jobs. There are PhD programs that pay less.

    Cons

    Low resources for any PhD program will likely translate into a low amount of development help for PhD students, and this is certainly the case here. You must officially be getting your PhD with the goal of obtaining a research-oriented professorship, even if you really want to teach or obtain deep subject-matter knowledge and quantitative skills. Even though faculty are 'open' to doing research with you, there is no system in place to formally manage a PhD student's progress through the program. No system to actually find out what you are interested in or good at (i.e. what aspects of research), to try and match you up with appropriate mentors, or to assess and provide feedback on the research help you provide as part of your assistantship. This allows some students to fall through the cracks

    Advice to Management

    Be serious about developing PhD students.
    Figure out what kinds of PhD students you want - which ones will mesh well with a faculty member who has the time. Then figure out how to judge potential students effectively on this basis.
    Add a formal mentoring program.


  3. Not a good place to work at, overally speaking

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in DFW, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington

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

    Pros

    In DFW, multiculture, in the center of the city,

    Cons

    Very unfair pay to people with same title, bad parking, expensive tuition and other educational cost, lousy management, lousy professors


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  5. Poor Work Environment

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    Former Intern - Graduate Intern in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Intern - Graduate Intern in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at University of Texas at Arlington as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Informal environment. Some Research here produce incredible results.

    Cons

    Flexibility and informal environment result in lack of accountability. Some research groups hardly produce any results. Very poor management of human resources. Employees are assigned work without taking into consideration their skills and interests. For eg. an electrical and a mechanical engineer are put to work on android development; Biomedical engineer is put to work on firmware. This does not result in a pool of ideas and talent as it may seem. This results in chaos and stagnation of work.

    Advice to Management

    Must improve human resource management. Thats all I can say without naming any person or research group in particular. Also this review is based on my experience in my research group. This may or may not be valid for other research groups in UTARI


  6. Low pay, good benefits if you work enough hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, TX

    I worked at University of Texas at Arlington

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

    Pros

    Good medical, vision, dental benefits if you work at least 30 hours a week to qualify as a full-time employee. 50% tuition assistance also if you are full-time.

    Cons

    Low pay, have to pay for parking or park off campus, big egos and too much bureaucracy.


  7. Start at the Top and It will flow down

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Arlington, TX

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

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

    Pros

    The additional holiday time at end of the year. The environment is laid back.

    Cons

    Management is basically non-existent for most of the university, many heads and titles but not real leadership.There are many people not qualified in positions and remain in them in spite of massive errors or failures. There is no direct career path. The reputation on the inside doesn't live up to the fame on the outside. The practice of hiring based on the good ole system will not take you to the next level. There really isn't true standards campus wide, each department should not operate as an island.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful to model this campus on other university's in another state. Hiring should be on qualifications not just yes people. In order to be effective and get to the next level you would do well to replace senior management and reorganization.


  8. Contract great, UTA management lackluster.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The contract company I work for is friendly and supportive. The daily work I complete is challenging and interesting. The benefits are ample and continued education is supported.

    Cons

    The management is incredibly slack. Human resource services are slow and unresponsive. I received a copy of my offer letter one week after signing on and while my benefits had to be enrolled in within a one month period no one provided any paperwork on it. There has been a complete lack of assistance for all new hires based on what I have seen and experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Start advocating for your employees.


  9. A university trying to grow but suffers from small thinking

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Arlington, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There is a massive groundswell to improve this university. The Tier 1 initiative has prompted the university to recruit investment in itself and in the surrounding city. Much of the new growth near downtown Arlington is entirely due to the university and its influence. This school is a unknown gem. You can get a good education here.

    Cons

    This school still suffers from its commuter status. Effectively, much of the administration is either thinking like this is a teaching (non research) school, or *overreacting* to situations that impact the status of the school

    The commuter element to the population will never change, because the school is located in the suburbs between to cities, Dallas and Fort Worth. Because most of the undergraduates are local, what you see here is the best and brightest of D/FW who cannot get into top 10% schools or don't want to leave home yet. They are good students: 80% of them work, about the same commute. They are good because the local D/FW population is more than some states, like West Virginia!

    Now the graduates, in my experience, are not as good as the undergraduates. Completely lower caliber. There tend to be more foreign students in the graduate program than in ones at top tier schools. If you are counting on graduate students to speak English (e.g, carry on a conversation), no less write a paper or even their own theses/dissertations, you will be disappointed. I get the feeling UTA has a reputation as an easy graduate degree in certain countries, especially India. Beware working with graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace your commuter status. It will never disappear. Arlington will never be a town that attracts young people, like Austin, or L.A., etc.

    Build school spirit, not just more buildings. Have you noticed there are no postcards in bookstore saying, Hello from UT Arlington! If there were, what picture would they put on it? The ERB? The UC?

    Continue to hire new professors that would otherwise go to top tier schools. Try to lure a lab head with a big program to your school from another one.


  10. Helpful (3)

    The UTA Library is a hostile and chaotic work environment.

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    Current Employee - Library Employee in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Library Employee in Arlington, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The staff, for the most part, are dedicated, hardworking, and friendly to each other despite the library administration’s “make it up as they go along approach” to management.

    Cons

    In late 2013 there was a major reorganization at the library. A few staff members ended up in jobs who did not have the experience or qualifications to do a quality job. Some found out the new job they got was very different from what they expected. Many of the new department heads had no experience with the work they would oversee. The chaos and uncertainty has created a deep tension within the staff. It’s obvious the library administration had zero respect for the staff’s knowledge base and expertise because people were pulled from their specialties and placed in jobs totally unrelated to their experience. Resumes and qualifications were not considered at all. Almost a 100 people were shuffled around into a completely new structure. Let me be clear - a resistance to change is not the issue here. This action was a complete disregard for staff and the customers we serve. There was no clear vision to what the outcome would be or how this would improve customer service. After the reorganization training for people in new positions was pathetic. People are struggling to learn and create their job duties in some cases. There were huge holes left in the public service areas. Absolutely no regard was given to processes and work flow at the library. Efficiency has gone way down because there is no communication between departments concerning procedures or specific job duties. The administration manages with fear and domination tactics to take advantage of the staff. Open communication is nonexistent between staff and the administration. There is major secrecy about the library budget and use of funds. Needless to say the morale, quality/consistency of work, and the past friendly work environment has crumbled. It’s very sad to see a place collapse because of the incompetence of poor leadership. So it’s now the middle of 2014 and instead of evaluating library processes and what worked/did not work with the new structure administration has instituted 49 initiatives the whole staff will participate in developing. Many are extremely vague. To say the environment is chaotic and oppressive would be an understatement. Many excellent employees have resigned or retired because they got fed up. More people are desperately trying to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Step back and look at what you have really achieved - a staff demoralized and over whelmed by an organization that is barely functioning.


  11. Not so great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington

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

    Pros

    Cheap living expense, close the entertainment centers, a quiet place to work

    Cons

    Dangerous place to live, too many robbery (armed or unarmed) going on



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