UTHealth Houston Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
59 Reviews

3.2
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UTHealth Houston President ad interim Giuseppe N. Colasurdo
Giuseppe N. Colasurdo
23 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good benefits, nice people to work with, pay always on time (in 7 reviews)

  • Great institution, great benefits, great collaborative environment (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • I was a casual employee so no benefits, low pay (in 3 reviews)

  • inefficient and low salary for mid level employees (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great environment!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UTHealth Houston

    Pros

    It's a great place to work. Amazing research happens here and there's collaboration between different institutions at the Texas Med Center.

    Cons

    The benefits are great but the compensation could be much better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good, bad, and ugly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at UTHealth Houston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Work was truly cutting edge
    -Benefits were decent, standard for a state job
    -People I worked with were generally nice

    Cons

    -My boss was incredibly unethical, moody and incompetent. One minute he was laughing and joking around, the next he was cussing me out. Some of the things that occurred there were the most unethical things I have ever seen. This was a major contributing factor to my departure.
    -Pay was too low. This was also a major contributing factor to my departure.
    -The bus system was not efficient at all. Logistics in general here were a major issue. Parking was horrible as well.
    -Training was non-existent. I was expected to figure exceedingly complex things out on my own and any failure was met with a severe tongue lashing.
    -Perceived lack of funding held up critical work, which then got "scooped" by another institution. Actually, the funding was there, but my boss didn't want to spend it on doing the project.
    -Food was expensive and not very good.
    -I was on call 24/7/365, and was told I could not go more than a couple hundred miles from Houston. Without on call compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful who you hire to manage people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Experience but alot of work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at UTHealth Houston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the best doctors in their field. There is a very diverse workforce and the institution as a whole employs personnel with years of experience and who are resourceful.

    Cons

    A majority of the administrative support or clerical positions in research operations are dual or even triple assignments. Most have a very large workload that is usually spread out amongst departments for the same position at a pharma company or CRO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the staff by being flexible and understanding and to find room in budgets to add more assistant/entry level positions to ease the workload of coordinators and research administrators.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It is still growing rapidly

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    Current Employee - Predoctoral Research Fellow  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Predoctoral Research Fellow in Houston, TX

    I have been working at UTHealth Houston as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It's growing rapidly and have many positions open. It's more like a research institute and people focus on experiments, evaluation results and publications.

    Cons

    Sometimes the coordination or communication might be slow because many employees are new here. I guess it will be better in the coming future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm also new here so not quite clear about this topic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Plenty of opportunity for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UTHealth Houston

    Pros

    Location, salary, benefits, food, prestige.

    Cons

    Supervisory Napoleonic Complexes, high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please heed employees' pleas when describing working conditions under current management. Turnover rate is high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a place for career growth

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    Former Employee - Statistician  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Statistician in Houston, TX

    I worked at UTHealth Houston full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free medical benefit, 15 days holiday time off, 13 sick days off and at least 12 vacation days per year.

    Cons

    Routine work everyday. There is no place for promotion or learn new skills. Low base salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning environment....a lot of program development and advancement is need.

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    Current Employee - Safety  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Safety in Houston, TX

    I have been working at UTHealth Houston full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are a plus. State of Texas job. 8 to 5 job. Tuition reimbursement is offered.

    Cons

    Safety is a challenging topic to preach in an academic and research institution. Money always seems to be an issue for everything. 0-3% raises annually if that. No advancement in positions. Once a specialist always a specialist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with your staff more so you are in the loop. Decisions should not take months or need a supporting thesis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Safety Specialist

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    Current Employee - Safety Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at UTHealth Houston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Laid-back atmosphere; Relaxed work environment; Great peer group of employees; Reimbursement for tuition and professional certifications; Great work to life ratio

    Cons

    Limited salary potential; Virtually no chance of advancement or cross-training; Bonuses are rare and of little value; High turnover rate; Ask for a high wage in your interview because you won't get a salary increase!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to allow for cross-training of specialties. Employees are only responsible for a small portion of the safety role. Also, I think management should provide more competitive salary ranges. I found out why I was told that the average person in my position only stays for 1-3 years. I could deal with my dissatisfaction if I felt that I was being paid what I am worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Diverse but fractured environment

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Houston, TX

    I have been working at UTHealth Houston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of support from the training departments, great location, many opportunities to learn from other insitutions.

    Cons

    No social environment, very limited collaboration within the university, poor retention benefits, lack of ameneties (not even free coffee), more focused on staff retention than research talent retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some things to the work location that will keep the talent interested in staying at work for longer periods of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    High risk to your professional growth.

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    Former Employee - Senior, Talent Acquisition Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior, Talent Acquisition Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at UTHealth Houston full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are very friendly. Great benefits. Well organized.

    Cons

    High turn-over rate, especially for veterans. Quick to fire without warning or putting personnel on a professional growth plan. The organization's management isn't serious about keeping those they hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn who your people really are. Spend time with your employees, getting to know them, giving feedback and warnings of possible termination. Put them on a plan to strengthen their skills and keep them on your employment rolls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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