University of Colorado Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Good environment, one class paid for by the system every semester, knowledge enrichment opportunities and good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, decent compensation, not overly bureaucratic (in 3 reviews)

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

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    University of Colorado Health Sciences Center still strugles to be inclusive of minorities.

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    Former Employee - Grants and Contracts Administrator in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Grants and Contracts Administrator in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Stable employment, growing Biomedical research industry. That is if you are white or female.

    Cons

    Systemic racism and cronyism still prevalent.

    Advice to Management

    Get some integrity and character and show true leadership ability to make the tough decisions. Make positive change instead of the status quo that has been prevalent for decades, i. e., racism and cronyism.


  2. A great place to live, but a difficult place to work.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, location, location. There are few places on Earth where you can work at a Research 1 university, live in the mountains, commute by public transportation, and ski powder for at least 6 months a year. The University itself is informal and everyone here understands the importance of having time out of the office. The campus is also pleasing to the eye and well-maintained. The grants office is very effective.

    Cons

    Salaries are extremely low compared to peer (and lesser) institutions. The state offers virtually no support for higher education. The quality of students is poor. We are severely understaffed, and receive little administrative support. We are strapped for space, and much of the workspaces are in poor condition. Simple tasks, because they are unsupported, become big problems. And new internal and state rules make performing my job very difficult at times. There is a level of disinterest in supporting the tasks I have been hired to do that is breathtaking.

    Advice to Management

    Enable your workers, remove ridiculous hurdles and roadblocks. Support research and teaching with adequate staffing and resources. Make salaries competitive. Raise the bar for students and admission.


  3. Simple job but management made it stressful

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    Former Employee - Barista/Sales Assistant I in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Barista/Sales Assistant I in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No raises, no room for advancement, no recognition

    Advice to Management

    learn morale


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  5. Will Never Live Up to Potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time

    Pros

    The mission and vision are something to be very proud of.

    Cons

    No communication or organization structure. Lack of respect and value for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership and organizational flow needs to be developed. Improve communication and show that you value your employees hard work and commitment.


  6. Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible work schedules for everyone except staff.

    Cons

    Horrible management and pay rates. Management has no respect for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that there is a problem and you have a very high turn over rate. Change.


  7. Typical RA job but management lacks view of the big picture.

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Boulder, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were nice: lived in dorm and ate at dining halls for free. Was able to make my own decisions on disciplining my floor and community building.

    Cons

    Upper management is secretive and gave very short notice of new/impromptu policies. I was on the job ALL the time, even when I was sleeping I would have to deal with issues if they cam up but that is the nature of the RA job. Off-campus life was also censored and work-life balance was non-existent because you had to make your work your life. They used to say, "It's not a job, it's a lifestyle."

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in the RA's shoes and think about everything that you expect of them. Understand that not all RAs are alike and that you can't mold everyone into your ideal RA. From my experience the management desired robots, not real people.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Eye opening; not always in a positive way.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to working with both a large public sector employer and a large and variable customer base; Learned how to navigate politics in a large institution; ability to work with business and acedemia;

    Cons

    Large budget cuts at the state level resulted in more work to do with less people -projects may not always get finished; Sr. management didn't always share changes or information that staff may have felt was critical; politics resulted in challenging working conditions;; management didn't know how to foster a cohesive working environment

    Advice to Management

    Be open to receive staff level input on in ideas and execution since they are the ones on the front line. Build trust by being honest about sharing information that can be shared vs. information that you can't share immediately.


  9. Lots of egos and lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 Management

    They 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.


  10. Depends on both your department and your supervisor

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Dying industry struggles to stay afloat

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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



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