University of Central Oklahoma Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Oh and the work/life balance is incredible (in 4 reviews)

  • They really want you to progress and learn and offer tons of professional development classes throughout the year (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • At the end of the day it's an entry level position (in 3 reviews)

  • Diversity and Inclusion in upper level positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Friendly, supportive culture - but not at the highest level of pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    UCO provides a great work/life balance with excellent vacation and personal leave benefits for those with families. The culture is supportive, kind and there are true long-lasting relationships to be had. They strive for excellence in all that they do. Beautiful campus, excellent location, many great amenities on campus. Great student/faculty relationships and small class sizes lend to an overall culture of approachability and support.

    Cons

    UCO doesn't pay top dollar and they aren't given the resources from the state to maintain everything at the best level that can be had. Technologically they seem to be lagging but are working hard to keep up. They also don't have the best 'standard practices' for professional excellence - I've had quite a few "you have to be kidding me" moments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and doing the best you can with the resources you have!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Feb 5, 2015Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! I too value each of the areas you have mentioned above - working atmosphere is so important to allow you to come to work and do what you excel at, then return home feeling ... More

  2. It was just okay.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Edmond, OK

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma

    Pros

    I liked working in a collegiate atmosphere.

    Cons

    Immediate supervisor was inconsistent and demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexibility and consistency in supervisor would be a huge plus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Feb 5, 2015Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! I am glad you enjoyed working around campus - I agree the atmosphere is fantastic - there is always something new happening! I am sorry you had a bad experience with your ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to grow!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma

    Pros

    Work with my class and personal schedule. I had a great time with the opportunities that I was afforded. I loved it!

    Cons

    I would have loved if I could have had a more consistent work schedule, however as I was only support staff, this is being excessively nit picky.

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Feb 5, 2015Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! I am glad you enjoyed your time here - we do give a great deal of importance to flexibility, especially to our students!

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  5. Office Support Staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma

    Pros

    Holiday schedules allow for extended time off at Christmas.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive with the commercial market. Experience is not valued as highly as Masters or Doctorate degrees, even though advanced degrees are not essential to office support staff. Employees with Bachelor degrees or Technical Skill training are viewed as less important or valuable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward continuing skills training rather than expecting staff to enroll in classes in order to earn a Master's degree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Feb 5, 2015Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! I agree that our holiday and vacation schedules are something that is very unique in today's working society! I am sorry you have had a bad experience regarding your value ... More

  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great perks, even for Higher Education!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmond, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmond, OK

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    UCO has a great atmosphere for staff due to the positive leadership on campus focusing on a balanced life, student learning, and community involvement. The leadership values innovation, positive change, and creativity in work processes. Free parking, free gym membership, campus activities, release time for working out and community service, and extra paid vacation days are all added bonuses.

    Cons

    Because we are not the flagship university for the state, finances can be an issue. This reveals itself through lower salaries, older (though well-maintained) buildings, and limited technology. Also, adding dependents on your medical insurance is very expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Feb 5, 2015Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! I too value each of the areas you have mentioned above - working atmosphere is so important to allow you to come to work and do what you excel at, then return home feeling ... More

  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Great place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Edmond, OK

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The campus environment is a friendly, family/team oriented group.

    Cons

    The campus is rapidly growing. Often, new and existing job responsibilities are lost in the transition periods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to see the salaries of employees be more competitive with market standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Feb 5, 2015Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! I agree that our campus environment is unparalleled by other workplaces around Oklahoma. We are always growing to keep up with the needs of our students, and we are also ... More

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great jobs for students

    Former Employee - Library Assistant
    Former Employee - Library Assistant

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma part-time

    Pros

    Easy work, good schedules, close to class

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours, not a lot of change in job, student only jobs

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Feb 5, 2015Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! I am glad you have benefited from one of our many student jobs on campus - we do limit the hours of student jobs to ensure they have time to focus first and foremost on ... More

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work, low salaries.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is wonderful - people are welcoming and friendly. The benefits are really fantastic. I love the paid time off, but I would honestly trade Spring Break for a salary bump in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Entry level positions tend to turn over about every other year, because there's little/no room for advancement and there's no such thing as raises. About half the time, when an opportunity to move up does present itself, there is already someone in mind for the job. I know university budgets are tricky because, often, certain types of money/donations/whatever legally have to be spent a specific way, but it does become a bit of a downer to watch things like a residence hall or a boathouse get built while knowing I could work here for 5+ years and never see a single raise. They seem to place a lot of emphasis on compensation for upper level/more senior staff, but they don't seem to notice that they're struggling to keep younger talent and usually failing, as other businesses tend to recruit away anyone who shines bright enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Oct 2, 2014Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! Personally, I believe time is money, and I would much rather have time off to spend with my family than have a bit of extra cash in my pocket, but I understand where you ... More

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Just a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Athletics in Edmond, OK
    Current Employee - Athletics in Edmond, OK

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere, environment, work-life balance, professional development opportunities - all things that are so rare these days in an employer!

    Cons

    I didn't find a role here sooner! Higher Salary in the corporate world does not work out better than the vacation and holidays here at UCO - time IS money!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to protect the work-life balance here at UCO as it is something unique that we have. The professional development opportunities are a big draw and they should still be a big focus in the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Oct 16, 2014Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! I could not agree more with your point about the value (and rarity) of work-life balance in today's workplace - it really is more important than a slightly higher salary in ... More

  11. The University serves the student.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love the paid time accrued for the off time from work.

    Cons

    Staff are locked in a slot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    University of Central Oklahoma Response

    Feb 5, 2015Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review! Internal moves/promotions are something that we actively encourage at UCO - I am sure with perseverance you will find you can hone your talents in another role on campus ... More

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