University of Colorado Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
79 Reviews

3.8
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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)

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

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  1.  

    Good upward mobility and connections, tedious office work.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Connected to massive resources and connections, especially in research.

    Cons

    Can sometimes feel like a glass ceiling in regards to job mobility--when changing jobs there is a ton of bureacracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Setting real deadlines and supporting individual interests goes a long way in job satisfaction (vs micromanagement). My manager was great about making everyone feel like they're part of the team.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun, flexible for students

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They work around your schedule and give you good experience with speaking to vendors and other contributors to the university.

    Cons

    Sometimes they don't have enough tasks for all of the student employees so you go to work and there is not anything to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work. Recommend!

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    Former Employee - Professional Research Assistant  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Professional Research Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    awesome benefits. great culture. gorgeous campus

    Cons

    in my job the workload was out of hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't bite off more than you can chew.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Learning and Being Professional

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice Graduate School Program to Study such as Physics, Chemistry;Friendly People around as Neighbors; Quite and Safe Environment for Hiking.

    Cons

    No Fancy Chinese Food such as Dumplings, Hotpot;Not Much International Activities to Make Friends with; Not Much Girls' Festivals, such as Dancing Classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Festivals for Internationals to Get Involved in and Learn More about US and Boulder History and Culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Educational community feeling, quiet, safe and clean with good benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good environment, one class paid for by the system every semester, knowledge enrichment opportunities and good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many politics, hard to get in, easier to move around once in but otherwise their hiring policies are a little crooked. They tend to build the job descriptions around people they want in the position so outsiders never get the chance to be hired, it's all rigged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house once in a while to get new talent, hire more honestly, more care about the existing employees and a little less politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado

    Pros

    Work whenever I want, interesting work.

    Cons

    Pay isn't as great as industry

  9.  

    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

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    learn morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The good, the bad, and the ugly

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    Current Employee - Professional Exempt Staff  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Professional Exempt Staff in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    In my position, there are a few great things:
    Flexibility in work hours/ work location (good directors have probably allowed for this)
    Great connection with coworkers- longstanding relationships and friendships
    Coworkers really support one another - there is a good team sense and support system within office (this is what keeps me at CU)
    Most prof exempt coworkers work hard - pull their weight
    Make lots of 'friends' within department due to nature of longevity for employees
    Have a lot of good clients, although some faculty need to let go of their egos
    Good vacation/sick leave/etc.
    Casual environment

    Cons

    Very undervalued, supported and appreciated by higher management (if didn't have office support- wouldn't be a great place to be as the office makes up for this) -leadership's favorite word is "no"

    Horrible pay - NO pay raises (even with consistent stellar reviews which allow for highest pay raise percentage - this is for professional exempt positions- don't know about faculty positions

    No opportunity for growth in current office - no where to move up to as we are not an academic dept

    State employees- don't work, but can't fire them, just have to wait until they retire
    Dept is too tied to the state system - need to separate from the state more

    Benefits have gone downhill and gotten more expensive over the last 10 years - have lost some benefits as the State has declared them "perks"

    Extremely bureaucratic, which makes doing your job well very frustrating - even when you have 'learned how to navigate the system'

    No buy-in for services rendered to the public as university system is too large and fragmented with each area having its own vested interests and direction

    Academic people 'running' a business - (which has proven itself to not be a good idea) -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit having tunnel vision only for the 'numbers' and start working on raising morale within the department. Figure out how to provide better pay raises. Start supporting the 'beams' that are holding you up by appreciating your staff and listening to them. Practicing saying 'yes' - and making your actions more succinctly line up with your words.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a pretty good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Academic Support Professional  in  Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Academic Support Professional in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    A lot of room for growth within the intstitution. There are many opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Sometimes individuals who have been here for a while tend to always let you know that they have more knowledge than you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are managing professionals, most with degrees. Please do not treat them like children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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