University of Texas at Arlington Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari
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  • 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. reaserch assistant

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

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

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

    Pros

    To gain practical knowledge apart from my studies.

    Cons

    working in lab is a stressful job.


  2. Graduate Research assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, co-operative environment, Competitive pay

    Cons

    Demanding work, multi-tasking, high expectation


  3. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great Community to work with.

    Cons

    Salary increase is slow regardless of performance.


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  5. PhD student/Instructor - Management department (school of business)

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    UTA is trying to become a 'tier one' research school, so there are currently some resources being devoted to this and likely will be for some time. It is nice to work on a college campus, if you take the time to walk around a bit every day (not during the summer, of course, if you want to live). As for the dept of management in particular, relatively low resources devoted to the PhD program means relatively low competition and honestly pretty low politics and petty conflicts (i.e. among faculty, but also other PhD students) to maneuver around. I have not heard of any PhD student being taken advantage of by unethical professors (e.g. stealing research ideas, crazy teaching loads), though in more competitive places, there are horror stories. In fact, unless you have teaching experience already and really want to teach, they don't make you teach until you begin your 3rd year, which basically allows you to finish your PhD classes before having to teach.

    Cons

    In the way of personal disclosure, I decided to get a PhD because I have below average social skills (think high-functioning autism, aka Asperger's syndrome, aka whatever they are calling it these days). While people like me can certainly excel in academia, it can be hard to navigate relationships in a beneficial way in a program (such as this one) that does not have a structure in place for developing professional relationships with faculty. Management's PhD has only very recently gone to the system where they offer students pay competitive with most mainstream state school programs. Relatively low resources devoted to the PhD program means that professors have basically no time to spend developing PhD students. You need to either come understanding how the research game works, or spend a lot of time figuring it out for yourself (or get forced out of the program, which on average seems to happen to one student per cohort). There is an 'open door' policy, meaning that professors are open to hearing your research ideas, but unless your ideas really have legs, you aren't likely to get much helpful advice. Since the jobs that are worth going through a PhD to obtain are tenure track research positions, it is vital that you graduate with something published and are working with known researchers in the field (realistically this means UTA professors) on 3 - 5 other things if you want to land such a job. Therefore, it is a disservice to PhD students that things are run this way - and in all fairness, it is as much the result of relatively low funding as it is any individual professor.

    Advice to Management

    Implement modern, professional human resource management practices. Selecting PhD students - per comments above, relationship/social skills should be assessed and weighted highly. I know it has not been in the recent past, as I was offered an 'enhanced' assistantship (i.e. a paid one) with nothing more than an application (test scores, references, etc.). There wasn't even a phone interview! Training (i.e. to support PhD, and consequently the PhD program's, success) - I can't speak for the newest cohort, but up until then, training consisted of a couple of hours of orientation where the program coordinator (a professor) basically went over an ill-prepared outline of things they thought of. This needs to be much more systematic, and profs have the expertise to put this together - if they think it is important. I asked the director the summer before I began if he thought I could benefit from taking a math course or two - he said 'nah.' But he was wrong. Development - informal mentoring relationships are indirectly encouraged since being on a student's committee (program of study or dissertation) is considered as the 'service' part of a prof's job. But there needs to be training of profs on how to mentor, a significant effort to match students with profs, monitoring the productivity of relationships, and more direct encouragement/rewarding for successful relationships. It is counterproductive to force these relationships, but this should be the cornerstone of a strategy aimed at ensuring that students get involved in research projects. Performance management - We are told not to worry about grades in our PhD seminars and classes, but try making too many B's - a student signs their own death warrant. Be very clear and up front about this policy. Provide students with feedback on their ideas and writing in seminars (I finally got feedback on a paper in Year 3, and from a non-management faculty member! And I handed in no less than 6 papers in seminars/classes). Consider actively developing students' term paper ideas early in each semester. Track progress and improvement in research ideas and writing over the course of classwork and beyond. Require that students get involved in some research project with a faculty member (which always happens anyway, as there are technically assignments of students to faculty for research purposes), and also require profs to give students feedback on the help they give (and track it over time). Students are required to help profs on anything they might need, and without any promise of authorship credit on any paper that results - I did as much as I could because I wanted to learn how everything was done, and never expected any authorship credit. But I somehow gained a reputation for being lazy and indignant - all without my knowledge, of course, until the reaming I received one day from the dept. head... I have a very hard time with social cues, you see. This could have been avoided with the above advice, which is standard practice in modern, professional workplaces. Apart from mentoring relationships, get PhD students some data to crunch to facilitate development of substantial statistical skills. It could be the same data for each cohort, but better still would be an ongoing data collection that the students can run under supervision of faculty. Of course, to do it right takes funds, but I'll bet some students could generate some creative ideas on how to do it under existing circumstances. All of these suggestions and more should be in service of a broader strategy that focuses on ensuring that PhD students obtain a higher level of research skills, develop productive professional relationships with faculty, and are involved in research that is published or close to published by the time they go on the job market.


  6. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits Year end almost 2 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Sate funding is less of lavishness.


  7. RA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington

    Pros

    School Environment, no pressure, must be self motivating

    Cons

    low pay since I was a student worker

    Advice to Management

    not much


  8. good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Texas at Arlington

    Pros

    good university, good for cse, anf electrical, good pay for cse and electrical good profs

    Cons

    dont take bme here, not many jobs, pay is less, hard to find a job try going to another uni


  9. It has it ups and downs

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

    Pros

    great benefits with lots of paid time off

    Cons

    low pay, need to upgrade payscake

    Advice to Management

    upgrade pay


  10. Dull.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington

    Pros

    Work with school schedule. Lenient when needing to miss.

    Cons

    Lack of activity and duties. Boring when sitting in already boring classes. Low pay. Minimal Hours.

    Advice to Management

    More duties to students. The slow pace and lack of activities makes it hard to want to go to work.


  11. A good experience working there as a volunteer

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    Former Intern - Software Developer in Arlington, TX
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Arlington, TX

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

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

    Pros

    It's a very small affiliate organization of UT Arlington, no more than 15 people working there, so people there are familiar with each other very much. A very good work-life balance. You can learn a lot

    Cons

    Working there is kind of boring, and the promotion is limited because of the small scale, and the salary is not very attractive for intern.



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