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University of Texas at Arlington Reviews

Updated June 26, 2014
Updated June 26, 2014
130 Reviews

3.9
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University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There's a very good work life balance across the board (in 6 reviews)

  • Work environment, work ethics, friendly colleagues, academic environment (in 7 reviews)


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

  • Not many opportunities for Part time (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Contract great, UTA management lackluster.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Start advocating for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Not so great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Assists PI in her research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great research experience. Nice buildings and spacious labs. Low living costs and availability of apartments on campus or nearby.

    Cons

    The research here is too advanced for today's bio-medical industry. The course work is crafted towards research and beneficial for the professors but not for students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change bio-medical course work to help students get jobs easily. Research is necessary but should be balanced with current technologies required by the industry.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overworked

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

    Pros

    You get paid to go to grad school. You will get lots of teaching experience if you want to go into a non-research teaching position.

    Cons

    Workloads are much higher than at other colleges and universities. Your research will suffer. making research positions difficult to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Graduate students are not slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not fair in whom the fund and also students from Taiwan , Thailand, Korea and China are preferred here

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

    Pros

    An upcoming university and also cheap place to live in.

    Cons

    Very unfair in deciding whom to fund and most PhD students get funded even when they are not producing any research papers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to spot and respect research oriented students whether they are MS or PhD. And bring some diversity among st the students.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job satisfaction dependent on who your immediate supervisor is

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GRA  in  Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - GRA in Arlington, TX

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and can work from home

    Cons

    They shouldn't have given my PhD advisor tenure. He's terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need post tenure review so you can put pressure on bad professors.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    They want to get to Tier-1 but Post doc jobs are not useful at UTA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Arlington, TX

    Pros

    Arlington is a nice suburb in between Dallas and Fort Worth, not very expensive and is a growing and relatively safe city. There are several large companies in the DFW area, which is a major economic and industrial hub, and offer opportunities in engineering (aerospace, IT).

    Cons

    UTA does not seem to bring in the big research projects or funding. If you end up with a not so great professor(s), then you loose, not much scope to better yourself unless you move to a different university. Some of the students (colleagues) have bad attitudes or outlooks in life which can get you down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach professors to identify good students (foreign and native) and support them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Science Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Science Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Science Research Assistant

    Pros

    Very good benefits package: 401 k, good health, vision and dental insurance, amount of vacation days, use of gym, and discounts.

    Cons

    As research assitant, the salary is pretty low. Lot of work and responsibilities do not match salary and not much room or any room at all to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries must compensate employees according to load of work, responsibilites, experience, performance, and education qualificaions of the employee. I noticed other positions with very little less responsibility and education requirements were much better remunerated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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