Metropolitan State College of Denver

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Metropolitan State College of Denver Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    MSU Denver is an incredible institution.

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    Current Employee - Team Leader New Student Orientation in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Team Leader New Student Orientation in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Metropolitan State College of Denver part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cost, faculty, flexibility in class schedule, small class size.

    Cons

    None, I had no problems at this school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Affiliate (i.e., Adjunct) Professor situation

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    Current Employee - Affiliate Faculty in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Affiliate Faculty in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Metropolitan State College of Denver as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Administration ignores affiliate faculty. This makes it easier for us to do our actual job of educating without dealing with a lot of B.S. A talented teacher can create excellent classes at Metro.

    Cons

    Administration ignores affiliate faculty. This makes it difficult to have a career at Metro - the max an affiliate can make over a year is about 20K. Students would be better served by teachers who have careers rather than what Metro wants, which is for most of their classes to be taught by moonlighters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the best affiliates at a living wage and give them a 5-5 load plus some service duties. Call them "instructors" if the real professors think they are getting all uppity.

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  3.  

    Put good in, get good out.

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    Former Employee - Senator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senator in Denver, CO

    I worked at Metropolitan State College of Denver part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working for student government, you are employed by the college and are able to access many of its employee resources (e.g. training, conferences, etc.). It is evident in the work environment that everyone cares about the students of the university. Though there may be differing opinions at times on what is best for the students, I feel that just about everyone I worked with had the mission of the school--to create lifelong learners--in mind. When all else fails, everyone comes back to that.

    Cons

    The student government experienced many unhealthy conflicts during my time there. Some of the leadership was ineffective in creating a cohesive and positive culture. The con in this environment is that unfit people can step into leadership roles, especially when hiring in the legislative, judicial, and upper executive branch occurs in the form of voting, where most of student population base their choices upon the bios, names, and pictures of the candidates. Perhaps a stronger screening and qualification process, evaluating character, work ethic, accomplishments, and authenticity, ought to improve the continuity of quality leaders on MSU Denver's student government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kind, work hard, and amazing things will happen.

    ~ Conan O'Brien

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Event Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Denver, CO

    I worked at Metropolitan State College of Denver part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong, fun and collaborative work environment

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of structure that promotes overall improvement of office functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create long term goals to evolve the office into a more efficient experience for students and employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Tutoring here was very satisfying

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Tutor in Denver, CO

    I worked at Metropolitan State College of Denver part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There was lots of freedom within the tutor center to do your own work when you had no students asking for help, but often you didn't have to worry about it because you got to help a lot of people! Students start becoming regulars and depend on you. Very flexible with student schedules.

    Cons

    There were some awkward moments when a student I tutored tried to ask me out. You only get hired per semester so if you want to continue working there you pretty much have to reapply every 6 months or so. There is no vacation or sick day but you aren't working full time anyway so it's not a big deal.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great people and opportunity, some politics.

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Metropolitan State College of Denver full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are there because they want to work there, and generally enjoy what they do.

    Cons

    Power struggles and politics can be present in some departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Workstudy Assistant Trainer

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    Current Employee - Trainer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Trainer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Metropolitan State College of Denver part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relax environment and management. Help student gain experience while attending at school. Relevant work experience to put on resume

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for full time position, inconsistent communication between departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good internship opportunities

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    Former Employee - Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Intern in Denver, CO

    I worked at Metropolitan State College of Denver as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    On-campus internships provide a good way for students to learn transferable skills which can help them prepare for full-time jobs in their chosen field of study once they enter the real world. Flexible work hours are offered to accommodate your class schedule.

    Cons

    Eternally frustrating to deal with Metro State's administration and the bureaucracy of higher education. Cross your T's and dot your I's as carefully as you can while interning on campus, because your performance as an employee doesn't matter to anyone other than your immediate supervisors. To the people writing the checks, you'll never be anything but a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  10.  

    Computer Lab Department is a great opportunity for any student concentrating on school while still making some money.

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    Former Employee - Service Center Tech in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Service Center Tech in Denver, CO

    I worked at Metropolitan State College of Denver part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's encouraged to work on your assignments if there are not relevant work duties to be handled. Work is not difficult. Flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    They pay could be higher at first, but if you do well - then you may get your raise for the next semester.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep allowing openness among the student workers. Maybe encouragement to do more work/etc that could lead to higher compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Work here if your primary goal is to make a difference

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    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Metropolitan State College of Denver full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    We work with a lot of first-generation-to-college students. It's a very diverse and global campus climate. The faculty are here because they want to teach first, serve second, develop professionally third. The staff are here because they care about the students. Emerging excellence in select areas.

    Cons

    Low pay. Marginal benefits. One of the most underfunded institutions in the country. Reputation as one step up from a community college - modified open enrollment. Employees in some areas have significant fear issues. No career path for staff members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit only those students who are done with remedial courses and are ready to do college-level work. Don't abandon the non-traditional students while you're courting the traditional age ones. Students need more services such as child care. Take control of those areas that UCD is under utilizing. Audit HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
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