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University of Akron Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
112 Reviews
3.8
112 Reviews
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University of Akron President Luis M. Proenza
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The University of Akron is an great place to work (in 5 reviews)

  • The perks of being a Graduate Assistant (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay for the amount of work, which is actually getting reduced (didn't think that was possible (in 4 reviews)

  • Issues with the budget and upper management poor decisions created a unproductive work environment for some people (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    I have learned a lot in my experience hear. My advisors have been great, but the university itself is poorly managed.

    Current Contractor - Graduate Assistant in Akron, OH
    Current Contractor - Graduate Assistant in Akron, OH

    I have been working at University of Akron as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location and amazing faculty.

    Cons

    Poor management of money. Funding can be scarce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit cutting funding to departments and expecting more out of tenured faculty.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    RLH Student Employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Akron

    Pros

    RLH Dept. really cares about students at the lower levels of administration. Lots of support and encouragement; RLCs and GRDs tend to be extremely involved and organized. Truly care about their jobs and students. Really a fantastic group of individuals to work with/for.

    Cons

    Higher levels of administration are only semi-competent, and too often clearly make decisions based on money rather that what is best for students and employees alike. This can be very frustrating when they treat their student employees like workhorses, and dump work for their personal research, etc. on students last-minute. Compared to students at other universities I have spoken to (with the exact same job title/description), we are required to do significantly more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to lower-level management. They are on the "front lines" so to speak, and understand students and student employees' needs much better than someone who attends a half hour meeting once a month, and then spends the rest of the month sitting in a private office. This is a great dept. and institution to work for, but expectations for students need to be kept high AND realistic.

  3.  

    Great experience as teaching assistant for psychology department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Akron, OH

    I have been working at University of Akron part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    great training program that was based on solid research and gave me confidence
    good colleagues
    helpful supervisor
    weekly meetings with other psych TA's to discuss problems, teaching techniques, what's working, what we're struggling with

    Cons

    most students seemed really unmotivated
    don't think the students live up to their potential which makes teaching them hard
    not the best pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Eaton

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Akron

    Pros

    Excellent compensation packages for employees.

    Cons

    Company is bogged down in corporate and bureaucratic rules and procedures. It is slow to respond to changing conditions. Individual freedom is inhibited and individual growth is difficult. Lack of flexibility generally. Bad management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Akron

    Pros

    The staff is very enjoyable, always keeping a positive attitude. They work with your class schedule to make sure you are keeping up with your grades.

    Cons

    It is temporary, do not use this as a career builder. You can not work at the University forever.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A great environment to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Akron, OH

    I have been working at University of Akron

    Pros

    The amount of work that is done is definitely worth the compensation. Paid through winter break and great chance to get close with colleagues.

    Cons

    The compensation is not too much and you can not work on the side so you have to get by with a little

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - IT Support in Akron, OH

    I have been working at University of Akron

    Pros

    Good benefits and free school

    Cons

    insurance doesn't mean much if you can't pay your bills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within, don't use contractors to do everything

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

    I worked for 2 years

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at University of Akron

    Pros

    Nice working environment and Stability

    Cons

    Slow advancement. You got to stay long for promotion

  10.  

    Great job for grad student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Akron

    Pros

    Hours are flexible and tuition remission

    Cons

    Job can cause a bit of stress, but it's college

  11.  

    Graduate Assistant - Statistics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Akron, OH

    I have been working at University of Akron part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working as a GA allows for paid tuition, a biweekly stipend, nice coworkers, and experience that looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    There are not many cons, except sometimes putting GA work ahead of classwork. It is a good experience that I highly recommend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professors can take better advantage of having GAs available.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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