Minnesota State Universities System

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Minnesota State Universities System Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
11 Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent on-boarding experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customized Training Representative  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Customized Training Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Many professional growth opportunities, diverse student and professional workforce, intellectual challenge. Facilities, work space, Human Relations personnel, training & development facilities, were all modern and well designed.

    Cons

    Large university system bureaucracy can delay evaluation and implementation of new ideas or processes. Sales and marketing support were limited by budget and lack of experienced mentors/supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more high level personal development opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    MnSCU system office

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    Current Employee - OAS Principal  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - OAS Principal in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    New administration is innovative and forward thinking

    Cons

    Management is micro-managing everything! Creativity of staff is sometimes stiffled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Secure and slow paced but if you're looking for decent money, look elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Rather secure but not as bulletproof as many think.
    Good health and dental coverage.
    If you're willing to stay in the state system for life, you'll get a retirement package.

    Cons

    Drastically lower wages than in the private sector.
    Wage freeze since 2009 is driving away any talented individuals. You're left with people who just want to coast through or are overworked.
    The state keeps cutting money given to these institutions meaning people keep getting laid off.
    Not hiring new employees, just passing the work along to the remaining employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for every last dollar from the State and try to compensate your employees better in some way.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    The work is challenging and satisfying knowing that you are helping students and the state of Minnesota.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    The people that work at MnSCU are passionate about what they do and the mission of the organization. The work is challenging and inspiring given that it is a transformational time for higher education.

    Cons

    With the states diminishing support of public higher education we have seen layoffs and good employees moving on to positions in other sectors, this is sad.

    Recommends
  6.  

    An excellent place to work with challenging students and management that allows faculty to be creative.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Mankato, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Mankato, MN

    Pros

    I summarized my reasons why I would recommend MSU, Mankato as a good place to work in the headline.

    Cons

    can be a bit limiting in terms of ability to interact with other faculty in the system and opportunities to expand your professional network as the University is in a very rural area.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Very Rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Writing Tutor  in  Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Writing Tutor in Saint Cloud, MN

    Pros

    Working as a tutor has helped me to better understand other cultures because of the students I have worked with. It is very rewarding to see students progress because you helped them. There is instant and long term gratification in this position. My bosses are all very nice and helpful. They are VERY understanding of employees personal needs. Very flexible scheduling, they work around your school and work schedule. management is very encouraging and are willing to help whenever they can.

    Cons

    You can only work as a tutor while you are a student. Some of the students are very dependent on the tutors and it can be hard to tell them no when you know they can do things on their own.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Stable system.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stable as long as people need to get an education. Good benefits and a lot of different places to move to.

    Cons

    Changes can come from up high and throw a wrench in everything. Layoffs and politics play a big role in who has what position. Unions cause people to do just enough to get by because they don't fear losing their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward performance as much as possible instead of seniority. With Unions, that can be very hard to do unfortunately.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Diversity is not everything

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    Pros

    It's a great place to work

    Cons

    The student body is changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop concentrating on making our student body more diverse and concentrate on getting us a better class of students. When you compromise admission standards, you compromise our reputation.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    I am a part-time faculty instructor, selected from an adjunct pool to temporarily fill a permanent education problem.

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty

    Pros

    Free to select course textbooks and free reign to design course curriculum.

    Cons

    On call, per semester, and only benefit is a partial thrift-savings plan match toward retirement. Forced to pay "fair share" Union dues.

  11.  

    good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    state funding, and great services and job package. You can maintain your education up to Master or else. People are very friendly

    Cons

    budget cut, and too many works for one person or two because of the budget cut. Everyone is getting very tied

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know they are trying their best as much as they could. I am really thankful for their hard works

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