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University of Colorado at Boulder Reviews in Boulder, CO

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
148 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most people are very friendly, and the campus is beautiful (in 9 reviews)

  • Hands on experience, friendly coworkers, flexible hours (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay, silly almost worthless management just like any profession (in 5 reviews)

  • Since we work for the state, and the state doesn't spend a lot of money on higher education, sometimes it feels hard to get a raise (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Student Research was great!

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

    Pros

    Got to travel
    VERY flexible with hours
    You learn a lot and get to contribute

    Cons

    Not the best pay
    Depends on your lab group really

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    About research

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

    Pros

    it is a very good research school,and very good to learn a lot of things

    Cons

    very tough requirements,so you have to work so hard to get decent evaluation, and payments is not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be good then do research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A great academic environment to grow.

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

    Pros

    Very high quality professors and administrators, endless opportunities for research, excellent support for grant writing, the staff is open to moving you to the best place for you. Very good benefits and support.

    Cons

    Overall pay is low, but the benefits make up for some of the low pay. It is easy to get lost in the crowd. Hard work is not always appreciated in such a busy environment and the expectations are very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should make a good effort at recognizing hard workers in lower positions in order to keep them from leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Environment

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are great and it is a nice environment to work in. My superiors are supportive of my growth and work with my to improve my skills. I have been able to gain a lot of experience and meet a lot of people, while still maintaining a happy student life. My superiors are understanding of my status as a student and work with me to balance work and school.

    Cons

    Although the environment is great and people are supportive and work well together, there is not a lot of opportunity for advancement. I am able to improve my skills in my own job area, but it is difficult to learn more about other areas and advance towards a wanted career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many workers at the school are students, and having a job is great to gain experience, but it is important to remember that students are going to school to get an education so they can get a better job, so giving students opportunity for growth in jobs inside of the school is important.

  6.  

    Very good people to work for, especially if you are a student and manage a job here!

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    Former Employee - Temporary Typist  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Temporary Typist in Boulder, CO

    Pros

    1. There is flexibility in the schedule for students who are going to the university.
    2. The insurance coverage is very good, for the most part. There are some things the student insurance does not cover, but it is minimal compared to what is covered.
    3. People there are understanding if problems in your personal life come up, as long as you communicate.

    Cons

    1. The university has become very typical from a business standpoint over time. They will not hire more people if they can get away with it.
    2. There is not a lot of opportunities for permanent positions these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see more jobs created and more opportunities for permanent positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Beautiful campus, understaffed departments

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    Current Employee - Communications Manager  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Boulder, CO

    Pros

    What your job will lack in advancement opportunities, it makes up for in a vibrant campus and great people. Depending on the department, casual attire and flexible work schedules are attainable. Given lots of vacation. Despite state funding concerns, leadership appears to have a very forward-thinking plan for how to survive and thrive.

    Cons

    Little room to move up the ladder (especially if you have little to no prior supervision experience). Departments appear to be understaffed across the campus. Lots of people wearing multiple hats and yet the pay is less than my peers outside of higher ed are making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus and invest in the people just as much as you focus on the processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Graduate student in chemical engineering

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities, sufficient stiped, some top researchers, and a strong sense of community. And living in Boulder is like always being on vacation.

    Cons

    There is decent attrition. Probably typical of most graduate programs. Boulder is kinda pricey. You have to develop your own skills as a researcher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management doesn't have much of an effect on graduate students, except by increasing student fees, which are quite burdensome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing place to learn some new technologies, good place if you love mountain biking, trekking.

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

    Pros

    Location: Boulder is undoubtedly one of the friendliest towns in USA. Great places to eat. Very safe to travel even at 3AM in the morning. There are a lot of breweries out there if you like trying out local makes. Also a great place if you love mountain biking. There are couple of very good trails just 10 to 15 min walk from campus.

    Cons

    Library: Math library usually closes very early on Fridays. Also they have limited hours during Summer. The Norlin library is open late but only during exam weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work overall. Please make library 24x7.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great university in a great location

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

    Pros

    Location - boulder is nice, faculty is top notch, rec center is state of the art

    Cons

    Winters are harsh, too far from a big city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CU is just like the big UC schools in many respects. To set it apart you need to be different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Work at Wardenburg Health Center

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    Pros

    At the department, there is a strong emphasis on self-care and teamwork. There is a strong focus on helping the students maximize the opportunity they have. As a clinical staff member, I receive ample time and funds for continuing education.

    Cons

    As the school budget gets tighter, there is more emphasis on being productive. The flow can get overwhelmed during certain times of the year, leading to more stressful days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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