University of Utah Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
251 Reviews
3.9
251 Reviews
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University of Utah President David W. Pershing, Ph.D.
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64 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is easy to maintain (in 10 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, Diverse group of people to work with (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, lots of red tape for a raise or promotion since it's government funded (in 13 reviews)

  • Benefits not extended to part-time employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good benefits, good mobility

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at University of Utah full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The University of Utah offers similar benefits packages to all of it's full-time employees, which was the biggest plus. They have great insurance and are a good place to look for student jobs. I worked in a couple of different departments and they were all flexible with respect to schedule.

    Cons

    It's a large university, so the time to get HR-related things processed can be longer than expected. Departments vary on how much upward mobility there is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to offer advancement opportunities to your best employees.

  2.  

    A superb research university

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Utah part-time

    Pros

    It is a beautiful campus, with a lot of work opportunities. It is relaxed and supportive environment. It is clean and well kept.

    Cons

    There seems to be an old boys club kind of community in the management. There is hesitation to change and a fear of new employees taking jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    PhD student

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer PhD Student in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer PhD Student in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time

    Pros

    I was funded well and the support of my lab was good.

    Cons

    Like all academia, there are many hoops and hurdles to getting anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make everything more transparent and dont have needless forms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I was Adjunct for 3 years.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at University of Utah as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Variety of wealth of colleagues.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic static. It was very difficult to work for change of policy or outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all professors can be researchers - some must teach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for serious researchers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in the math department for almost a year. There are several active groups in many areas of research including applied math, algebraic geometry, probability and math biology.

    Cons

    The postdoc salary at the university of Utah is higher than many other places. There are many conferences, and and research activities taking place all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great city, just big enough and yet just small enough. Awesome academic environment, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    The snow gets old fast in the winter time, highly recommended that you take up skiing if you move here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More free food for grad students...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I'm pursuing my PhD at the University of Utah Chemical Engineering Department. I'm a graduate research assistant.

    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A supportive, great learning environment to do research.

    Cons

    You have to work late hours (but this is something valid for all graduate degrees in engineering), and due to the nature of funding you may end up switching projects if you are under tuition benefit at some point during your research.

  9.  

    Flexible job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Utah part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work timings, research oriented job

    Cons

    Less pay compared to National Labs

    Recommends
  10.  

    Fantastic benefits,,

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are fantastic, and as stated above the benefits are great.

    Cons

    There is little movement for some specialties. I often wonder what management is doing, and if they know what they do not share with us little people at the bottom. In my own department my manager is very lost as to what needs to happen next to take us to the next level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are in a new era, dtop doing things the way we used to do them, because we are not who we used to be. It is ok to look for better, more efficient ways, now that we have changed.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It was a pleasant experience, but the expectations for what they pay was a little too high

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Tech in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Tech in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get a lot of Experience and learning of a multiple task on the field

    Cons

    multitask overwhelming/ burning individuals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more aware as each steep of the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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