University of Colorado
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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson

Bruce D. Benson

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    Educational community feeling, quiet, safe and clean with good benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood environment, one class paid for by the system every semester, knowledge enrichment opportunities and good benefits.

    ConsToo many politics, hard to get in, easier to move around once in but otherwise their hiring policies are a little crooked. They tend to build the job descriptions around people they want in the position so outsiders never get the chance to be hired, it's all rigged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house once in a while to get new talent, hire more honestly, more care about the existing employees and a little less politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of egos and lots of politics

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsFellow staff were friendly and nice. Hours were good, and the vacation time was ample for professional staff.

    ConsI preface this by saying I had never worked for a university before. I worked for the Law School as professional staff. I found there to be a huge divide between faculty and staff, with the ego of several faculty bordering on arrogance. They treated most staff like they didn't have a brain. Also, it became apparent that competency wasn't the most important thing, but loyalty to the Dean was. There are several people that are clearly in way over their head, but what mattered most was they played the game right, and their loyalty could be counted on, not that they knew how to do their job.

    There was little in the way of camaraderie or working together, most people just retreat to their cubicles or office space and buy themselves in the computer. Most departments are very competitive trying to make themselves look good at the expense of someone else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need better leadership at the top, and need to put people into key positions who actually know how to do their jobs, rather than just suck up to top management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork whenever I want, interesting work.

    ConsPay isn't as great as industry

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    Simple job but management made it stressful

    Barista/Sales Assistant I (Former Employee)
    Aurora, CO

    ProsState employed, medical and dental insurance, paid sick/holidays/vacation time

    ConsNo raises, no room for advancement, no recognition

    Advice to Senior Managementlearn morale

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The good, the bad, and the ugly

    Professional Exempt Staff (Current Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsIn my position, there are a few great things:
    Flexibility in work hours/ work location (good directors have probably allowed for this)
    Great connection with coworkers- longstanding relationships and friendships
    Coworkers really support one another - there is a good team sense and support system within office (this is what keeps me at CU)
    Most prof exempt coworkers work hard - pull their weight
    Make lots of 'friends' within department due to nature of longevity for employees
    Have a lot of good clients, although some faculty need to let go of their egos
    Good vacation/sick leave/etc.
    Casual environment

    ConsVery undervalued, supported and appreciated by higher management (if didn't have office support- wouldn't be a great place to be as the office makes up for this) -leadership's favorite word is "no"

    Horrible pay - NO pay raises (even with consistent stellar reviews which allow for highest pay raise percentage - this is for professional exempt positions- don't know about faculty positions

    No opportunity for growth in current office - no where to move up to as we are not an academic dept

    State employees- don't work, but can't fire them, just have to wait until they retire
    Dept is too tied to the state system - need to separate from the state more

    Benefits have gone downhill and gotten more expensive over the last 10 years - have lost some benefits as the State has declared them "perks"

    Extremely bureaucratic, which makes doing your job well very frustrating - even when you have 'learned how to navigate the system'

    No buy-in for services rendered to the public as university system is too large and fragmented with each area having its own vested interests and direction

    Academic people 'running' a business - (which has proven itself to not be a good idea) -

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit having tunnel vision only for the 'numbers' and start working on raising morale within the department. Figure out how to provide better pay raises. Start supporting the 'beams' that are holding you up by appreciating your staff and listening to them. Practicing saying 'yes' - and making your actions more succinctly line up with your words.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a pretty good place to work.

    Academic Support Professional (Current Employee)
    Aurora, CO

    ProsA lot of room for growth within the intstitution. There are many opportunities to learn.

    ConsSometimes individuals who have been here for a while tend to always let you know that they have more knowledge than you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are managing professionals, most with degrees. Please do not treat them like children.

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

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    Most positive, although compensation is low and they waste government dollars.

    Professional Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsIt allows employees to pursue additional education and most managers are flexible with schedules to allow attending classes. The benefits package like insurance coverage and sick days and time off was generous.

    ConsThe compensation is low compared to corporate positions and it is a government agency so you have to deal with the red tape and aspects of government work. Plus employees have to pay for parking which is a little ridiculous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think a small change that would be nice is to give employees free parking and to increase the annual hours allowed in course work.

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    State budget cuts impact ability to maintain work/life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsGood people to work with and strong VPs and President

    ConsWith the budget cuts, my organization is 1 person deep in vital areas, impacting the ability for people to take relaxing vacations

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn order to compete with Denver companies, CU needs to ensure salaries are competitive and ensure proper work/life balance can be maintained.

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    Beautiful place to work in Boulder, a bit too Bureaucratic though

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsBoulder is one of the most beautiful cities in America, plus working for a university keeps things fresh and exciting

    ConsI found a lot of policies to be extremely bureaucratic. I worked in athletics, and everything we did had to be sent up the chain of command.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be in your best interest to hire people you trust, and instead of so much micro-managing, you could simply allow people to do their jobs... much more effiicient

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just a job, not a carear

    Senior Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Aurora, CO

    Proshours and supervision. holidays off and standard 9 to 5

    Consno feedback and get lost in the department

    Advice to Senior Managementget to know people in your deparment and say "hello" , we are co workers not strangers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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