University of Akron Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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University of Akron President Luis M. Proenza
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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. Intern in the Integrated Marketing Department, Built the brand of the University through several aspects of marketing

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at University of Akron as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with and for. Helped advance my skills and experience.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed everything I learned during my internship at the University of Akron.

  2. Student Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Akron

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to network with others was amazing. I got to meet a lot of cool students and form relationships with great staff members

    Cons

    Not enough hours but that was due to work study money.

  3. Overall a good place to work, but constant administrative changes can have led to instability and lower worker morale.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Akron full-time

    Pros

    Good students and diverse community

    Cons

    Health insurance is not great
    Recent changes in administration continue to restructure the university and departments funding is being cut

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  5. Office Administration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Akron

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

    Pros

    good accomodations but no way to excel

    Cons

    no salary incentive, no way to change department, no upgrades possible. very heavy administration

    Advice to Management

    think about how the regular, long-time employees are treated

  6. This company is in a great city with great people, the university is really great. The university needs to grow

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant

    I worked at University of Akron

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The university allows students to accept more senior positions to give them a better opportunity to succeed in future careers

    Cons

    To much bureaucracy, allow for a more transparent organization , hire more people for the jobs that need to be done

  7. Great Institution..highly underrated compared to the research ongoing..

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Akron

    Pros

    very good hands-on research experience....

    Cons

    pay could be better for PhD students

    Advice to Management

    please consider revise in pay structure

  8. On the surface, it looked promising, but there was a web of deceit that I could not have known about in advance.

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Faculty in Akron, OH

    I worked at University of Akron full-time

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

    Pros

    Campus is recently remodeled (within last 10 years) and facilities are fairly modern. Akron is a pleasant community, easy to live in, especially for families.

    Cons

    University culture, esp. from the administration, is corrupt and lacks integrity. Business model encourages "adjunctification" of the faculty and protection of the administrative hierarchy. Tenured faculty tend to be jealous, guarded, possessive and backstabbing. Search committees are rife with partisanship and can be stacked with unqualified personnel (tangentially related to the department). Romantic ties are problematic between administration and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Change the university culture from the top down. Stop sheltering dishonesty, review questionable hiring practices and suspicious references. Promote integrity in administrators and tenured faculty. Investigate signs of unethical behavior.

  9. Ohio Burger Co.

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    Former Employee - Cook in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Cook in Akron, OH

    I worked at University of Akron part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Your schedule is built around your class schedule, and the job is not mentally demanding. Education is a priority and management is conscious of that.

    Cons

    It's a temporary job, your experience will not look great on a resume. It is not a desk job, so you can't really study or do homework while on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Scheduling around students' schedules is a positive and should be a priority going forward. Continue to seek feedback from the customers and serving products you can be proud of. A great step up from the former "Sizzling Zone".

  10. 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)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location and amazing faculty.

    Cons

    Poor management of money. Funding can be scarce.

    Advice to Management

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

  11. A great place to work if you don't need the money.

    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Orrville, OH
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Orrville, OH

    I worked at University of Akron part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People most of the people are great and it is an enjoyable experience to come to work everyday.

    Cons

    Working for wages well below the poverty level makes it hard to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people not in overpriced buildings and management that don't actually help educate people.

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