University of Texas at Austin
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www.utexas.edu Austin, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Feb 27, 2014
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89% Approve of the CEO

University of Texas at Austin President William Powers Jr.

William Powers Jr.

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Highly variable depending on department

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat benefits, paid time off around holidays since University closes. Experience really depends on which department you work for. If you happen to work in a good department or for a good PI then I imagine it can be a good place to work.

ConsAgain, experience really depends on department. Having a bad supervisor can break the experience since flexibility in work is at their whim. Career advancement opportunities are limited, and often managers are PIs who desperately need management (or people skills) training.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive more management training to PIs and supervisors. Staff are often subjected to the whims of their supervisor, which is especially problematic when the HR rep is also the supervisors personal assistant (massive conflict of interest). There needs to be better regulation of how individual centers are structured to protect staff from bad managers. PIs who are going to direct centers NEED more training.

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Austin, TX

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

ProsDecent benefits, nice location, good co-workers.

ConsUpward-momentum determined by nepotism and favoritism.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe distribution of power is very unbalanced.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Staff positions not for people with ambition

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGet to work with lots of very nice, intelligent people. Good place to work if you want to just be an 8–5 type employee.

ConsMost departments are so small that the only way to move up is to move to another department. Annual "merit" raises range from 0%–2%, and are often distributed evenly to all staff members regardless of performance. The only way to get a raise of any significance is to get a promotion or new job, but if you do less than 6 months prior to September, then you lose your chance at the annual merit raise.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in high potential staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fed up

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsI have had wonderful colleagues and the occasional exceptional supervisor. I love the campus, and most of the students are wonderful. I enjoy the school spirit and working with impressive students. I love the actual work involved with the jobs I've held here.

ConsPay is terrible. I have been promised raises/promotions and had them cancelled multiple times. Upper management has no clue what's happening on the ground level, and they are (generally) more concerned with 4 year graduation rates and rankings than ensuring student and staff needs are met: While students are struggling to get the classes they need and an appointment with a staff member, staff members struggle to serve students with outdated and choppy home-grown resources that make it challenging to do their jobs efficiently. Because UT is so large, it's only natural that there would be some disconnect between different areas of the University, but even within a single college or office it seems that deans, faculty, student services, and IT are out of touch with each other.

Advice to Senior ManagementAsk the people who interact with students on a daily basis (or the students themselves) what needs fixing and how your new idea might impact staff and students. We might surprise you with our insight. Teach your middle managers not to be nay-sayers and to welcome and at least entertain new ideas. If you prefer for messages to come through the "chain of command," give us some sort of reassurance that those messages will occasionally be passed through that chain, not dismissed at the first level. If you do actually pass on a good idea, don't pass it off as your own: Give credit where credit is due. Don't let your business ($) agenda trump our mission as a University. Provide more personal, private, or anonymous means for providing feedback since public forums often end up dominated by more experienced/recognized/higher paid staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hierarchical organization with an amazing disregard for permanent staff and graduate students

Program Coordinator (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time

ProsMost of the University's faculty and resources are top-notch. Interesting mix of people, projects and ideas. Great setting in a vibrant city. A great place to study, and if you take a staff position, make use of the staff educational benefit and then move on.

ConsCompensation for staff is subsistence level (most can't even afford to live in relative proximity to campus and have long commutes). No compensation adjustments for staff within the past 5 years and layoffs are not uncommon. Staff cannot access campus gym facilities without being required to pay an additional fee. Expensive insurance premiums. Dead end career paths are common, so many employees stay in the same positions over most their career. Little incentive to change well-entrenched practices that no longer serve the organization's mission. Policies are routinely established by management with little or no input from staff, which often leads to unanticipated repercussions. Staff and graduate students have no way to organize to demand changes (unions are illegal, and existing organizations are largely ineffective). Graduate student jobs are not compensated fairly. And staff who are also students, you should know that the staff educational benefit applies to all courses EXCEPT dissertation credits (officials at the highest level have declined requests to reconsider modifying the policy). Limited support for graduate students in the way of fellowships.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No incentive to perform, very reactive, and unwilling to change

Classified Exempt (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time for more than 5 years

ProsTime off, benefits, and campus environment. Proximity to students, and working with and for them provided a unique work environment that provided energy and enthusiasm.

Conssalary, growth, advancement, incompetent management, political circles. Constantly ran into situations that existed only because it was the way it had always been done, while still recognizing that it was ridiculous. Ole boys club and you needed to be one. Felt very much like you belonged to a specific class, and should expect to be treated, and managed as such.

Advice to Senior ManagementShare the wealth.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An overrated and clueless university

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLarge, fairly nice campus. Educational opportunities through actual enrollment (one free class per semester for full-time staff) or by auditing for no credit. Many positive interactions with the students we serve. Decent retirement plan and health insurance.

ConsMany business processes are extremely inefficient, and the current movement toward cloud-based solutions will probably not fix things. Staff is very top-heavy with clueless and (often) unqualified management. Increasing incidents of age discrimination; staff older than ~45-50 had better prepare to be laid off/fired,even if they have a consistently excellent work record. University offers some good academic programs (mainly liberal arts, natural sciences, and engineering), but as a whole is overrated and management is abusing the staff that keep everything running. Many tenure-track professors leave for better opportunities. No COL raises for regular staff in five years and very little increase for professors during the same period.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo balance the budget, start axing worthless positions like "Assistant Dean", "Assistant to the [insert executive job title], etc. and cut the number of management positions (especially vice presidents and vice provosts) by at least 25%. Also, cut the bloated salaries of the incompetent CIO and abusive CFO. Require the athletics program to contribute at least one-third of its football ticket sales to academic programs and/or scholarships, instead of continuing to give the overpaid football coach ($5.2 million/year salary at this writing) pay raises.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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AWFUL

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Texas at Austin

ProsGood benefits were about all I found as a pro

ConsMy department (Professional Development Center) was a joke. The management could not have been worse and most often at the expense of the students. They were just making it up as they went along and any slight disagreement with what was happening and you are out.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Backwards-facing institution with no room for meaningful growth

Senior Software Developer/Analyst (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsMost people are laid back. Relative job security/stability. Excellent health insurance (UT is self-funded). Good paid-time-off.

ConsSome people are annoyingly "quirky" (many people working here are only here because they aren't normal enough to hold down a job in the private sector). Most software development involves 30+ year old 4GL/databases.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe sooner you switch to a modern platform the sooner you can stop throwing money away trying to teach secretaries how to write computer programs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Frustrating but also interesting

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at University of Texas at Austin

ProsDynamic environment, excellent benefits, access to further education

ConsLarge size results in slow decision making processes, micro-management

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow employees a greater level of autonomy

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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