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Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Knoxville, TN
Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Knoxville, TN

I have been working at University of Tennessee part-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great team-oriented work environment, and the hours are flexible, preventing conflicts for students with classes. Professional staff really wants employees to succeed, and they will go out of their way to help make that happen.

Cons

A large portion of management consists of students, and while nice, they sometimes lack real leadership ability. They pay can also be a little low, especially for more skilled positions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do a little more leadership training for managers.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    As a 25+-year employee, they were doing something right -- for awhile. No more.

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    Former Employee - Staff in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Staff in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at University of Tennessee full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits -- great insurance of all types (unless you have a same-same domestic partner, then forget it), lots of holidays, a paid week off in December; liberal annual and sick leave accumulation
    Definitely depending on dept.: interesting challenges, ability to do independent work, intellectual stimulating atmosphere; feeling of making a difference
    Also depending on dept.: colleagues and coworkers who appreciate each other's accomplishments and work as a team
    Finally, also depending on dept.: some managers/directors/deans who care about people. A few, not too many any more.

    Cons

    All of the above "depends on dept." strengths used to be great reasons to strive to be hired at UT, and to make a career there and stay long-term. Unfortunately, there are a great many changes in the last few years that make this a terrible place to feel valued. Management, from the president and chancellors down to deans, directors, dept. heads, etc. are mostly out for number one, and care very little about individuals. Marketing and development (the former fund-raising) are king. Shallowness is all. Depth and actual follow-through (work completed) are ignored, if not punished. Being "out for number one" is the culture that's cherished.

    Having spent 25+ years working there, plus 2 degree programs, this makes me sad, angry, disheartened, and yes, disgusted. Athletics has always been king, not academics, but this is more than that. This is a fundamental shift in how people are viewed, throughout the university. Who can be the biggest self-promoter? Who can do the least and yet make the biggest splash?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think this is impossible for current leaders, but here goes. Try to really care about who keeps the university going, not who is screaming the loudest for attention. Try noticing accomplishments, not fluff. Especially pay attention to long-term employees who often keep heads down and do a good job, but don't do press releases on themselves. It's about educating students, not who got their name in the paper most often. Care about students getting a good education, not how many faculty do "research" rather than teach because that's where raising the most money comes from. Kids are getting a lousy education, because most of it is from grad students or adjuncts. If you really want to be a "top 25" university, try modeling some of the behavior of those schools, instead of mediocrity.

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  2. Long climb to the "Top 25"!

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    Former Employee - Mid-level Manager In Facilities Services in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Mid-level Manager In Facilities Services in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Low stress, vacation days, retirement plan, proximity to mountains/outdoors

    Cons

    Cronyism; resistance to change; special treatment to athletics, sororities, and fraternities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit when you don't know how to tackle a problem. Then empower employees - not just upper management - to work on the solution together. Also, treat all students equally! What's this nonsense with a gated Sorority Village? Why aren't on-campus residents afforded the same security?

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