University of Connecticut Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst
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Pros
  • Nice working environment which is full of nice people (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, flexible hours, lots of useful training (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The health insurance coverage for graduate students is poor (in 5 reviews)

  • Health insurance benefits have been drastically cut (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Want to know why the State is in trouble?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Door Mat in Farmington, CT
    Current Employee - Door Mat in Farmington, CT

    I have been working at University of Connecticut part-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The health insurance and generous sick time....

    Cons

    Where to start? Poor management, worse supervision, union allows incompetent people to keep their job, no team atmosphere, increasing fees to work there, short staffing to save money......

    Advice to Management

    Look at your supervisors! They are a problem!


  2. A horrible work environment and organizational culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Storrs, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Storrs, CT

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None that come to mind

    Cons

    An under-performing and ignorant staff, an unprincipled and inexperienced elected leadership, the organization is unwilling to live up to its principles

    Advice to Management

    Re-build the entire staff and free yourself from the company union culture at UConn


  3. REU at University of Connecticut

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    This experience paid fairly well and had free housing and food and looks good when applying to graduate school programs.

    Cons

    I was ignored by my professor all summer.


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  5. Very disorganized, employees aren't trained properly.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Storrs, CT
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Storrs, CT

    I worked at University of Connecticut part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, I made many great friends while working here. I also overcame my shyness by talking on the phone constantly with customers.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. None of the workers knew what was going on. Counselors were unhelpful.

    Advice to Management

    Demand better training for your employees.


  6. it's like living with a dysfunctional family

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT

    I worked at University of Connecticut

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are way above average and exceed anything in the private sector
    great benefits

    Cons

    Deans and Vice Provosts have supreme power and encourage a toxic environment through their lack of management skills and their interest in encouraging dissent and long-standing disputes. Deans/VP's have what they fondly call a "slush fund" which enables them to reward their staff with "merit pay". They do not have to defend how they distribute merit pay and unlike in the private sector where "bonuses" are one time lump sums of money - "merit pay" is added to the base salary. Which creates a very contentious environment.

    Advice to Management

    Send your Deans/VP's to AMA type management training. Do away with the merit pay system - it doesn't reward performers and is a huge waste of tax payers money


  7. A Great University. . . Just a disfunctional alumni association

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The students and alumni makes it a fantastic place to work. Beautiful campus grounds, talented students and great athletics team.

    Cons

    Not an organization you would want to work for. Incompetent directors, micromanagement, bad morale and very high turnover. Good employees but many of the best ones have left due to very bad management. Lies and vandictive games are also being played by upper management. Because the association is separate from the university, it allows for less "observation" by administration which allows for greater animosity.

    Advice to Management

    New leadership is needed including new directors. A very dysfunctional place to work. It's time for a change!


  8. Graduate assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at University of Connecticut full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    flexibility, on campus with other young people who still have their sanity

    Cons

    underpaid, overworked, no benefits, few terms of employment (how many vacation days, sick days, etc) Although, that's just my lab. It highly depends on your departments and major advisor/PI

    Advice to Management

    Follow contract (20 hours pay for 20 hours work per week) not 20 hours pay for 40 hours work. Ask us to treat it like a job but then they don't.


  9. Do not waste too much of your life here

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant

    I have been working at University of Connecticut part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    good ice cream, good basketball team?

    Cons

    it is really about the department and grad school, pay your grad students betters
    15000-2000 fee-tax=???

    Advice to Management

    treat your graduate students as human beings but not slaves


  10. Help do experiment for research projects.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Too little extra positions during holidays.


  11. Not positive, not totally negative. I would not do it again.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, It is challenging and enjoyable to interact with students. It is not hard to travel to interesting places nearby.

    Cons

    Management versus union battles get tiring quickly. Being a state employee restricts creativity and innovation. There is no general feeling that any good is being done. Money is routinely wasted.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the purpose of higher education. Learn to assess, analyze, and lead. Get out of the 19th century. Realize that higher education needs to drastically change.



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