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Updated Jun 26, 2014

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3.8 31 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson

Bruce D. Benson

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Hospital has Good benefits, clinically challenging and team work(in 6 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance living in Boulder(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • To get stuff done, there would sometimes be needless red tape, something that would not be there in smaller companies(in 3 reviews)

  • As any grad program, the balance between work and pay is pretty brutal(in 2 reviews)

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    Loved the environment and the people, administration can be a bit, well, bureaucratic.

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsOf course, it is a great place to be. Wonderful location. Generally -- depending largely on the department you are in -- the people are enthusiastic and caring. And, there are terrific opportunities to work on innovative projects and be innovative yourself. Great place for an undergraduate to get a jump start on their career. Also, look for mid-career opportunities in interesting, unusual roles.

    ConsAs with every employer, there are politics to be played. These vary wildly by department, group and even professor/mentor. Research your prospective department and especially your mentor very careful. Ask questions: make sure your mentor is a service leader, interested in helping you succeed as well as seeing their own projects succeed. Many are like this... many are not.

    Also, be wary of the administration. If you think they have made an error in contracts, etc., pound on doors until it is resolved. It will come back to haunt you -- even years later -- if you don't fix it now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure that the professors and other mentors are getting the training they need to be good mentors. Some are outstanding in the role by nature -- others (too many in the sciences and engineering) -- have no skills at all in this regard and need help building those skills. Without those good mentors, students aren't excelling and representing the school as well as they could when they hit the workforce.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If you don't have an MA or MS when you accept your position, don't expect to move up.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsBenefits are good, but the training is lacking. You can find lots of opportunities to attend talks and other sessions, which are incredibly interesting. Working with students is great and keeps you young!

    ConsDifficult to break through the glass ceiling for pay and promotions if you are viewed as administrative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that there is an entrenched hierarchy that is indicative of higher ed and ask your employees how it affects them.

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    IT Professional (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsEasy job for the most part and laid back coworkers in an environment that is conductive to learning. Let you take time off easily if.

    ConsBad leadership and administration for the most part. Not easy to advance unless you change to different area within school or have connections.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow students to have more autonomy over their jobs and what not.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on both your department and your supervisor

    Postdoctoral (Current Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsGood benefits. Beautiful campus, beautiful city.

    ConsPay is academic (i.e., low). But you're very much at the mercy of your department and your supervisor. In some departments, the garbage is not routinely taken out and the bathroom's are a mess and the support staff are either completely over-extended or dysfunctional. In others, things run like clockwork. Also, some of the faculty are great to work for. They have your back, they assist you with career development and networking. Others are all about number one and it shows.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt least pretend you care about the people working under you. Also, in the upper echelons, please don't freeze hiring and raises, give yourselves a pay raise, and then send out defensive e-mails about how it's really a shared sacrifice because your raise is smaller than you would like it to be. It's just tacky.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Assistant

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsCompetitive benefits like free health insurance, tuition waiver, free bus pass, and friendly working place.

    ConsLow paid salary, cold weather!

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

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    Fantastic University

    Civil Engineering Student (Current Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsFirst of all, campus is absolutely gorgeous. The architecture of the buildings among with the mountains in the background provide an ineradicable scenery. Second and more importantly, you get a great education.

    ConsEngineering school can get really boring since the vast majority of the students are guys. I remember taking classes where there were 90 male and only 10 female students in the class.

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

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    Excellent University with excellent people, in a beautiful part of the US

    Senior Professional Research Assistant (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsBoulder, CO is an absolutely amazing town for the outdoor oriented mountain lover. University of Colorado, Boulder is a very solid academic university and treats their employees well. The campus is beautiful.

    ConsI worked as a post-doc and the only downside is that post-doc positions, by nature, have to end sometime. I have nothing bad to say about CU-Boulder, whatsoever.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to figure out a research scientist employment structure that can support academic professionals between the post-doc and professor level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work culture and environment

    Assistant (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsFlexibility of schedule
    Good work environment
    Benefits included
    Near rec areas

    ConsThe weather. If you don't like living in extremes, don't come on here.

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

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    Great job despite bureaucracy

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsWorking at CU-Boulder, there were great benefits, good contributions to retirement funds, friendly coworkers, world class campus.

    ConsThe biggest problem was the bureaucracy of work. To get stuff done, there would sometimes be needless red tape, something that would not be there in smaller companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline redtape

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

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    Great University

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsA beautiful place to work. the geology is really incredible around this area too. The management are very helpful when you need to complete the necessary but menial requirements.

    ConsIn general there aren't many cons to report. There were a few times where I couldn't get my field equipment because the roads were closed due to the football games.

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

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