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University of Colorado Denver Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
93 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits allow you to have a satisfying work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits, flexible time off, AMC campus is very nice (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Significant amount of red tape to work through at all levels (in 4 reviews)

  • Lots of politics, no opportunity for career advancement, coworkers who slack off or don't do their job are kept employed (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits and flexibility

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado Denver

    Pros

    Health insurance at 20 hours/week or more, low deductible, low cost. Great vacation and overall benefits.

    Cons

    Compensation is low for the level of education required but the benefits make up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is appreciated! Great opportunities for growth, depending on the department.

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    An Innovative Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Denver, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado Denver as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Programs
    The Schools listen to ideas for innovation and adopt if workable
    Good staff involvement
    Work is appreciated

    Cons

    Few permanent opportunities (no benefits)
    Cuts in Higher Ed do cause issues
    Times can be broken so you have to work lots of days in bits and pieces

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out some way to give adjuncts access to benefits. Even if they have to pay for it themselves, organizations can negotiate group rates..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Place to Work - Tuition Reimbursement is a Huge Perk, Talented/Wonderful Faculty and Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The talented faculty and staff are the biggest perks. My faculty and staff are understanding, kind, compassionate, conscientious, and otherwise a pleasure. The tuition reimbursement is also another phenomenal perk. I feel as though I can sincerely grow as an academic and as a person with this company. They care about my growth and welfare. Another perk is the benefits, and the ability in many positions to work from home and other kinds of work flexibilities. Also, their location is great, and since it was built as a commuter campus, extremely easy to get to. Many people don't realize this, but University of Colorado is one of the most fiscally responsible schools in the nation as well. I've heard others review saying that the administration "seems to be OK...[exploiting] students' pocket books." That's simply not true. CU is a state funded school, and year by year, the funding from the state has dwindled. Thus the increase - as all schools have increased - in tuition. The way that it spends those increases is extremely conservative and fair.

    Cons

    As with any school, the bureaucracy can impede a speedy job, but it also provides for careful review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to offer good compensation and benefit packages to attract the most talented candidates in every position. CU Denver is on the rise, and the better the faculty and staff, the more students and the more esteemed our alumni will be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    OK for entry but not competitive

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Aurora, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado Denver full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of vacation time/year

    Cons

    Salaries are ok for entry jobs. Not competitive for people with seasoned experience in the technical field. Institution is very poor adopting new or changing technology standards- In fact simply improving my technical skills (SAS, Python, R) and attempts to upgrade the informatics environment was met with strong push back by supervisors. Non existent opportunities for career advancement in PRA jobs and frustrating salary caps. Salaries are strongly linked to federal grant funding which is at a historic low currently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider retaining and encouraging your best talent. You get what you pay for. Dont speak of increasing the credibility and success of your research programs when the people doing the ground work are demoralized and unhappy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Interesting work, though little security

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    Current Employee - Statistician in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Statistician in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado Denver full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some wonderful colleagues to work with. There is much in the way of innovative scientific research occurring on campus. The health benefits are good, and there is a lot of vacation and sick leave.

    Cons

    Employees are largely responsible for their salary. This is largely dependent on federal grants getting funded, so is not secure in a long-term view.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Too much bureaucracy hampers employee progress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado Denver full-time

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, helpful co-workers, good work-life balance

    Cons

    no opportunities for advancement, over controlling management, bureaucratic

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Financial Aid Office

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Colorado Denver

    Pros

    As a work study employee treated very well with the flexibility needed to attend classes and personal commitments

    Cons

    There were no cons. This was a perfect situation for a work study environment. We were able to learn how the financial aid department worked and gain experience while attending classes.

  9.  

    5 year employee in multiple roles

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits and a stability

    Cons

    Very low salaries compared to private sector. Significant amount of red tape to work through at all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change HR policies to allow for more reasonable compensation to non faculty members. Remember that without your staff you wouldn't have a University. Appreciate and respect good talent that you have creating career paths and reasonably comparable compensation packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Very relaxed environment, and faculty easy to talk to and work with. Great group of people - all willing to work with each other. No one acted better than anyone else (unlike previous situations I had worked in).

    Cons

    Sometimes there is too much red tape from the university to get things done a bit differently/non-traditionally. Not enough accountability of scientific approaches and thought between scientists (senior and junior). There needs to be more journal clubs and more rigorous questioning of people's work at presentations - not to be mean, but to really hold people accountable for their science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage faculty to be involved with journal clubs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    OIT is Poorly Run and Everybody Suffers.

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

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

    Pros

    Unless you live near the Denver or Aurora campus the only advantage to working here are the benefits.

    Cons

    IT Support is horrible, Aurora campus is in Aurora oon Colfax, senior leadership never fires anyone when they need to go, poor pay, poor corporate culture, no opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something inoted of pretending you are busy with meetings and pay your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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