University of Colorado
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Updated Mar 30, 2014

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University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson

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Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Boulder, CO

I worked at University of Colorado part-time for less than a year

ProsCompetitive benefits like free health insurance, tuition waiver, free bus pass, and friendly working place.

ConsLow paid salary, cold weather!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fantastic University

Civil Engineering Student (Current Employee)
Boulder, CO

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

ProsFirst of all, campus is absolutely gorgeous. The architecture of the buildings among with the mountains in the background provide an ineradicable scenery. Second and more importantly, you get a great education.

ConsEngineering school can get really boring since the vast majority of the students are guys. I remember taking classes where there were 90 male and only 10 female students in the class.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, great work, bad pay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Colorado

ProsAwesome people, and bosses. They are excellent at working with school schedules and very understanding and friendly. As long as you get done what you need to you have a very long leash.

ConsThe pay is pretty low and hours are few and far between. Also if you're a student there's no way to advance.

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Colorado part-time for more than a year

ProsGreat Atmosphere at University of Colorado

ConsI would probably have liked a little more responsibility

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A mixed bag: some wonderful, dedicated employees but infrastructure is shoddy and state financing is skimpy.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Colorado Springs, CO

I worked at University of Colorado full-time for more than a year

ProsLots of time off: 4-1/2 weeks per year for professional/exempt employees.
Tuition remission of up to 9 credits per academic year.
Good choices for health and dental insurance.

ConsState funding for higher education is among the lowest in the U.S.
Infrastructure is shoddy -- 30-year-old furniture, leaking roof, cramped space.
Overly centralized micro-management of HR and financial issues.
While most employees are great, some lack interpersonal and managerial skills.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet the Colleges manage their own finances to a greater degree; stop penalizing the departments that are growing and profitable by saddling them with annual "deficits" that they need to repay. One College grew by 17% but was limited to a 3% increase in its operations budget, which is untenable. The Chancellor should not be signing hard copies of every new employment letter of offer. Instead, the University should start using e-signatures and delegate approval of new hire offers to a lower level.

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Excellent University with excellent people, in a beautiful part of the US

Senior Professional Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Boulder, CO

I worked at University of Colorado full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBoulder, CO is an absolutely amazing town for the outdoor oriented mountain lover. University of Colorado, Boulder is a very solid academic university and treats their employees well. The campus is beautiful.

ConsI worked as a post-doc and the only downside is that post-doc positions, by nature, have to end sometime. I have nothing bad to say about CU-Boulder, whatsoever.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to figure out a research scientist employment structure that can support academic professionals between the post-doc and professor level.

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Absolutely wonderful, best staff, best scenery, best experience.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThey spend actual time developing you as a person

ConsEmployeers don't see on-campus jobs at an equal level as others.

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Great place to work at, environment is relaxed yet productive.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Colorado

ProsYou get offered to take Graduate Courses and earn a degree for free.

ConsI didn't find any cons as the place is improving every year.

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CU is a fairly neutral place to work

Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
Aurora, CO

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

ProsMedical and dental benefits are decent here. My experience has been in the research labs where some areas receive good support, some areas do not.

ConsFor some of the academic positions, there is no reasonable way to contribute to a retirement plan and have the University match that at any level. This is not true at all universities so it is worth considering.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be useful if management generally had more contact with the individuals who work for them. We are interested and interesting people who want to contribute and help to create value in our research and studies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Graduate studies in the Molecular Biology program. Overwhelmingly positive, but that largely depends on the lab you join

Doctoral Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Aurora, CO

I have been working at University of Colorado full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThis campus is growing, with great clinical collaborations available. I loved the open floor plan of the research buildings, and had strong program support.

ConsYour experience can be very negative if you join a lab with a mentor that is not available often. Your experience also differs depending on the program you join. Aurora isn't the best area, and you're many hours from skiing.

Advice to Senior ManagementI wish the university provided better support for career paths during your early graduate career. Sensitivity training and training on how to manage different student personalities and learning styles would be helpful for the principal investigators running student-based labs.

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