University of Colorado Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson
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  • 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. Great Opportunity for Upperclass Economics Majors

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    Former Employee - Economics Tutor in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Economics Tutor in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in their field of study and solidify their understanding of concepts through teaching others. The scheduling is very flexible and works to fit with your course load. The staff and head of the department were very knowledgeable and friendly.

    Cons

    Sometimes can become repetitive due to similarity of questions asked by students with common professors. Occasionally there is down time between tutoring sessions, but tutors can use this time to work on personal coursework.


  2. Research Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, patient interaction, friendly co-workers, independence

    Cons

    Not enough patient interaction, lots of administrative duties

    Advice to Management

    LOVE the management!


  3. Fitness Supervisor

    Former Employee - Fitness Supervisor in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Fitness Supervisor in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great facility, great boss, great coworkers

    Cons

    Low pay, not enough hours

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay, increase training


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  5. Great institution to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, CO
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Incredible benefits (sick/vacation time, retirement plans, health insurance, tuition reimbursement) - Overall sense that the institution wants you to succeed in your career and life

    Cons

    - Some of the more senior personnel get away with much more than they should be allowed to - Not the highest salary, but not the worst

    Advice to Management

    - Take complaints from your staff more seriously. - Make sure that employee compensation is based on actual merit and not favoritism.


  6. Good not Epic

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked as a grad researcher in a remote sensing lab. I think the experience is defined by the prof who runs the lab. Mine was great. Challenging but appropriate workload, really cool projects that pushed boundaries. The experience with management of the University never was an issue it all was pretty seamless.

    Cons

    Like with most of academic research the budgets were tight and equipment old, but nothing that was totally hindering the work.

    Advice to Management

    Research pay is not good. Increasing pay for professional research... And I'm talking close to poverty levels here... Is key to retaining anyone more that a recent graduate in transition or those woefully over their heads.


  7. Executive Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with renound researchers

    Cons

    Some of the offices are not as professional as others

    Advice to Management

    Offer opportunities to exempt staff members to move to other opportunities within the university


  8. Database Administrator-Professional Research Assisstant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Students, professors and other professionals were great people who were fun and exciting to work with. Work was highly varied and was clearly key to answering important research questions. Extremely rewarding.

    Cons

    Soft money makes things sketchy, sometimes. Professional management skills were not always available for dealing with some issues.

    Advice to Management

    I think they are aware of and working to address any remaining issues.


  9. Clinical Research Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment filled with some of the greatest minds in medicine. Great retirement benefits and plenty of PTO and paid holidays.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of opportunity for vertical movement within this company unless you go continue to move forward with your education.


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    Great place to work but...

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    Current Employee - Assistant Treasurer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Treasurer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rich benefit package; managers willing to allow time off when needed; friendly people (mostly) to work with; stable environment; easy or steady work pace; no night or weekend work; good location in downtown Denver (Uptown); encourages use of mass transit; top management are not micromanagers

    Cons

    Generally will not promote from within; salary about 25% below market (offset by not working nights and weekends and rich benefits); management has strong tendency to start programs, declare victory, and go home rather than implement ongoing programs; bureaucracy, particularly around hiring and procurement; once you hit a certain level there is no place to advance; very little investment in employee development

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within when openings occur; follow through when starting programs for risk management, employee development, and so forth; provide a career development path for mid- and upper level employees


  11. Program Council (Event Board)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time

    Pros

    Awesome opportunities, friendly people (mostly) and an excellent way to become more involved in the CU campus.

    Cons

    Can occasionally cause stressful situations or individuals who are difficult to work with...

    Advice to Management

    Think of the organization as a team of equals instead of a dictatorship.



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