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University of Colorado Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
95 Reviews
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University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Best University

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    If you want be best in networking, UCB is the place you have to be in. Be ready to work hard before coming !

    Cons

    Not suitable for people who don't like Snow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost of living is very expensive outside family housing. SO management can open new housings.

  2.  

    Great overall experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer/Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer/Analyst in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, but great benefits. Best retirement plan as an employee of the state of Colorado. Challenging, and yet interesting. Once people start here, they tend to stay for a very long time.

    Cons

    You tend to stagnate in the same role due to budget constraints, even though you generally will get pay raises every year, except when times are tough, such as during the recession. Sometimes there's crunch time, but generally overtime is not expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reviews come from the top down. There ought to be a way for employees to review managers as well.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Fine.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Work/life balance is bad despite efforts to promote balance.

    Cons

    Very competitive. Not very collegial.

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  5.  

    Mixed results

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In Boulder, CO, students are a delight and from all over the country

    Cons

    in Boulder, CO, lots of free (or non) thinking people here means don't count on them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less money on looking good, more on deeper education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Research Assistantship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Good resources, smart people

    Cons

    depends on the research group you are in but I saw a good amount of projects that didn't seem to be going anywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I did a PhD here and I wish I had more time and guidance at the beginning in choosing a project

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Find some sort of financing other than being a TA if you come here for grad school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    I love the campus at CU, and teaching is a blast. The undergraduate population isn't the sharpest I've experienced, but every class I taught has always had one or two students who really engage with the material and make teaching a bit easier.

    Cons

    They don't pay a living wage. Rent in Boulder is around 900 per month for a 400 square-foot single-bedroom unit, and teaching assistants receive, on average, anywhere from 900 to 1,300 dollars per month. You do the math. Sure, your tuition gets remitted, but what does it matter if you have to take out loans to cover living expenses like, say, food? I'm going to leave CU with a doctorate and a mountain of debt to go along with it, thanks to these policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop inflating your own salaries and hiring more administrative positions on the backs of graduate students and adjunct faculty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Research

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Doing independent research; had much freedom.

    Cons

    Some degree of bureaucracy, but expected.

  9.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits, vacation time, stability, telecommuting, competent co-workers

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, management sometimes makes decisions without including/consulting SMEs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Typical state job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    As with other government jobs, this one is relatively stable. As a professor, there are particular expectations that must be met in order to be promoted and receive tenure, but the work itself is meaningful.

    Cons

    The state of Colorado does not provide cost of living increases, so salaries remain relatively stagnant, even with stellar performance reviews every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Employee in University of Colorado, CO
    Current Employee - Student Employee in University of Colorado, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work at most of the time.
    -Relaxed
    -Productive
    -Fun
    -Mountains
    -Not too busy

    Cons

    -Stressful when busy
    -Tough boss]
    -Can be boring
    -Not enough $$
    Hard to think of legitimate complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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