University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Updated Jul 18, 2014

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3.7 68 reviews

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University of Alabama at Birmingham President Ray Watts

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefits health & retirement plan (TIAA/CREF 403(b) program on an matched tax sheltered basis up to 5%) (in 4 reviews)

  • Marketing department generally employs 2-3 students at a time so it's a great place to build your teamwork skills (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is low and never received a raise during the 3 years I was an employee (in 4 reviews)

  • Relatively low salary and recent freeze of salary raise (in 3 reviews)

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    UAB is a good place to work with good benefit. Salary is not competitive

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsGood benefit for family, Nice environment

    ConsSalary is not competitive, job stability is not good

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work for

    Statistician (Current Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsA lots of research going on medical field, where school has building its reputation on, very flexible work time once you adapted to your roles, good retirements benefit along with health insurance plans, if you enroll classes, they cover up to 18 credits hours a year, overall very good place for starting your career after graduate.

    ConsA little or no room to get promotion or salary increase within department, no mentor program for career development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great opportunity for current students to gain work experience

    Graphic Designer for Campus Rec Center (Former Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsDesigners are given freedom to make most design decisions without direct input from management. They are very flexible with scheduling and will work around your class schedule. Marketing department generally employs 2-3 students at a time so it's a great place to build your teamwork skills. A great opportunity to gain experience in a supportive environment.

    ConsPosition is only available to current students. Pay is low but this is to be expected for an entry level position. Number of hours available is limited as well. Upper management of the rec center tends to undervalue the "art people".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduate Research Assistant at UAB

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany research options and large medical and graduate school

    ConsBenefits for graduate students and students from other universities that have to move here have no or limited benefits. Health insurance limits you to the UAB network only and takes months to get appointments with physicians. Buildings are spread out and research buildings are scattered making it hard to do collaborative research and attend seminars. Downtown closes at 5pm daily. Parking is a major issue and is expensive with limited spaces available. Some research buildings need renovations.

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    Not a bad place to start for a post-doc, but labs are closing left and right

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsPaid health insurance for you and your family, overall laid-back atmosphere, opportunities for training, departmental emails for job alerts, great athletics facility.

    ConsNot enough parking, facilities are in sad shape, lack of funding is evident throughout department as more and more talented people leave, not enough leave time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something about the stupid rule that says that if you work 25 years for UAB, you can start to receive a pension even if you continue to work elsewhere. It is driving talented people out of UAB. Consider replacing that benefit with something else, for example, transparency in how indirect costs are spent!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Graduate Research Assistant at UAB

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat area and many nice places to live especially in the suburbs. Campus is growing with many improvements for students. Many research options as well.

    ConsLow pay for graduate students and no benefits. The low salary paid to graduate students with the work required of them are outrageous. Especially if you are paid by the university or grants it is written into your contract that you can not have any other job to compensate the low salary.

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    Great Benefits, Good Company

    Database Analyst I (Former Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsThe benefits are excellent at UAB. You can network easily provided you're in the right department and know the right people

    ConsParking is terrible and you have to pay for it. Politics are usual as at any employer. Some positions offer little room for growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good place to study in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are nice, weather are good, salary relatively good

    ConsNot many world-renowned researchers work here

    Advice to Senior Managementtry to attract more researchers

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    Good place to work

    Coordinator (Former Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsGood environment to learn, grow, evolve. Learnt a lot about the field, applications and was able to focus on a field of interest.

    ConsNone was observed. ALl things went really well. The supervisors were all understanding, and knew their job well enough to guide.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the good work going

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    A good part time or entry level job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA great atmosphere with great people that are a joy to work with

    ConsThere is not a lot of room for growth

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