University of Colorado Denver Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Benefits allow you to have a satisfying work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Very good benefits and a stability (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Extensive working hours and limited opportunities for personal career advancement (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Excellent Resources

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I really enjoy working at the university. The attitude is very collaborative

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up into research positions


  2. Just one opinion

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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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It is a tough environment to work in at times. There are students who are extremely motivated - they want to learn, better themselves, and better the lives of those around them. Inspiring them is what makes your day better.

    Cons

    There are students that just want a degree and to get out. There are faculty that are teaching like they are already retired. Every environment has individuals that will make your place of work better, and vice-versa.

    Advice to Management

    The better you know your customer, the better you can serve them. The better you know your employees, the better you can serve them.


  3. Good people but HR issues

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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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and emphasis on lifetime learning

    Cons

    Serious HR problems, including hiring and retention issues.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in valuable employees


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  5. Great benefits but can feel limiting depending on your goals

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Accountant in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits package. For exempt staff, you accrue 22 days of PTO and 10 sick days each year, UCD will contribute 10% of your gross salary to your retirement plan each year, and health insurance is good as well. There is also a tuition waiver for 9 credits per year at UCD. Depending on your job and department, management is pretty flexible as far as hours go. Pretty great work/life balance overall. Everyone in my department so far has been wonderful and very invested in developing me as an employee. It's a fairly low pressure and supportive environment.

    Cons

    It is a public institution, so if you are looking for big pay raises or to move up quickly, this may not be the place for you. Advancement happens slowly and it can be frustrating. Just know that in most cases, it's not because your skills aren't needed or valued, it's just the nature of the beast. Many recent grads who start here stay for a few years and then move on.

    Advice to Management

    Work on creating opportunities for employees to grow and advance. You will lose a lot of the employees you invest time and money into cultivating because they are frustrated with the pace of advancement and look elsewhere for those opportunities.


  6. Education & Professional staffing Employer

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    Former Employee - Event Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dedicated students, great benefits, convenient downtown

    Cons

    Must pay own parking on campus


  7. Program Assistant School of Medicine

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great academic environment - Fair Pay - Great vacation and benefits package

    Cons

    - Lots of politics - Glass ceiling

    Advice to Management

    They are so busy playing politics that they forget about the welfare of the students and staff. They make decisions that don't make sense and aren't easily encouraged to progress.


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    Anschutz

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Intellectual Nice Campus Independence Overall a good place to work if interested in biological science.

    Cons

    You don't get paid a whole lot for working as a scientist, and it's hard work.


  9. Do not sell yourself into Slavery

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Proximity to mountains and really noting else but I need at least 20 words to post this. So here it goes.

    Cons

    Expectation is for the GTA is to work 80 hours a week for a low pay; Faculty do not care for quality of what they publish and try to publish anything and as much of it as possible. GTAs are treated poorly as if their sole purpose in life is to clear snow off of professors' cars and clear the roads for them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    teaching assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Denver, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado Denver part-time

    Pros

    good and friendly environment. great opportunity to improve my career.

    Cons

    Salary was low. the amount of work was high compared with the salary given..

    Advice to Management

    be closer to the employee. suggestion made by the employees can make a difference.


  11. Administrator

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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 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great growth and advancement opportunities within the CU system, especially to those that learn as much as they can and show value and interest.

    Cons

    System and campus so large that sometimes it can be difficult and/or time consuming to identify the appropriate person that can answer questions.



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