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University of Colorado Reviews in Boulder, CO

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
85 Reviews
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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)

  • Decisions by upper management are not always well thought out with respect to unintended consequences (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    One of the best career chapters in my life

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    Former Employee - Human Resources (Program) in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources (Program) in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professionalism, Mutual Respect, Positive Learning atmosphere, leadership in Human Resources is positive

    Cons

    Some of the employees are struggling financially and need a higher wage to support their family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the counseling services could be helpful to staff and faculty - through individual counseling, family counseling, and particularly departmental in-service workshops. Otherwise, good job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Dying industry struggles to stay afloat

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Relatively easy to get a temporary, low-paying job for textbook rush at the beginning of each semester. Great campus with many opportunities for the intellectually inclined. Benefits are excellent. Many highly educated colleagues and whip-smart students. Great location and excellent cafeteria in the same building.

    Cons

    Bookstores in general and academic bookstores specifically suffer under the increase in textbook prices. Students aren't buying as much as they used to, and there are cheaper alternatives like Inter-Library Loan, ebooks, borrowing from other students, etc. Profit margin is slim on textbooks and decreasing all the time. The change in the retail book market isn't going to get better. Ever. Few opportunities for personal growth, promotions, or professional development now (was great about ten years ago). Management has saved ongoing monies over time by firing (or letting retire) many employees and not promoting anyone to take their place(s), just redistributing the work to remaining employees with no increase in pay nor job title/rank. Capitalism, nepotism, and cronyism. Management is heavily imbalanced toward men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on growing employees professionally and paying them better. The cost of living in Boulder is high and your wages have stagnated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits 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!

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that there is an entrenched hierarchy that is indicative of higher ed and ask your employees how it affects them.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Of 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IT Helpdesk

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow students to have more autonomy over their jobs and what not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Depends on both your department and your supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Beautiful campus, beautiful city.

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    At 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low paid salary, cold weather!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic University

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Student in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Student in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    First 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.

    Cons

    Engineering 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Professional Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Professional Research Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Boulder, 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great job despite bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Streamline redtape

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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