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University of Colorado at Boulder Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
165 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Boulder is a beautiful place to live and work (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Overall pay is low, but the benefits make up for some of the low pay (in 6 reviews)

  • As a graduate student you are limited to only 20 hours of work per week (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great school

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Staff and management very friendly. Lots of extracurricular activities to do. Funding available in terms of fellowships. Good mix of male and female population. Lots of outdoor activities

    Cons

    Not very good in terms of benefits. University should provide health insurance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits structure to research assistants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great time

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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 at Boulder part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great employees and friends

    Cons

    Not to many hours, would like more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    online time sheets

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Typical higher ed environment - big enough that there really is a community for everyone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado at Boulder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great activists and people trying to work towards social justice. I worked in residence life and the student leadership was phenomenal and there was a great focus on social justice. You can't really beat living in Boulder, either!

    Cons

    As is typical in a higher ed environment, there is always more work to do if you want to do it. Creating a work-life balance can be a challenge, especially working in residence life. Battling the higher ups, especially in regards to social justice initiatives, can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive around social justice initiatives and don't fear being a leader around these issues!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Graduate student research assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Colorado at Boulder

    Pros

    We have a flexible work schedule, which allows for pretty good work/life balance as far as graduate students go. The stipend is reasonable and very doable for a person to live off of. Student health insurance is fine for routine checkups. Colorado is a fun place to live if you like doing outdoorsy things; there is something to do all year round.

    Cons

    Technically, we have a 50% appointment, which means only 20 hours a week, but being graduate students, we work well over 40 (but remember, it's flexible!).

  6.  

    Good University to work For

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, motivated co workers, freedom to pursue personal development, Good programs to transition IP to industry, competitive lab space

    Cons

    Building was like a dungeon, very depressing to work in a place with no windows. Salary and benefits as an employee of a government institution could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    GREAT EXPERIENCE

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

    I worked at University of Colorado at Boulder part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    GREAT working environment. High pay for graduate students. Good work/life balance. Staff very knowledgeable for almost everything.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities, as Colorado is remote from a lot of major cities in US.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Beautiful location but challenging to get work done

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    Current Employee - Proposal Coordination in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Proposal Coordination in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Campus and the city of Boulder are a big attraction. Lots of freedom; very little top-down leadership. An "on you're on your own" work culture. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Less than stellar business operations behind the scenes. CU is laden with antiquated buildings, business systems and processes. Faculty run CU, not the expected traditional leadership organizational structure. Strong internal competition between internal units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider if the current model ICR is benefiting the university's growth or is stifling the cooperation between units

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great department, admin is a mess

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

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

    Pros

    supportive and brilliant faculty, boulder is a beautiful and bike-friendly place to live, good community where there is always something to do

    Cons

    administration makes things so much harder than needed, stipends are low while cost of living is high, fees are high

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Grounds Crew

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    Former Employee - Grounds in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Grounds in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University of Colorado at Boulder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, good for students.

    Cons

    Management was flakey and at times completely incompetent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    research assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Colorado at Boulder part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    working with professors to learn the cutting-edge technoloty

    Cons

    research paper vs real products release

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    connection with some top companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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