University of Connecticut Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. A Great University. . . Just a disfunctional alumni association

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    • 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!


  2. 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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. A horrible work environment and organizational culture

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    • 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


  7. 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!


  8. It's a state job. Prepare accordingly.

    • 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's relatively stable, change is slow and many things are planned out. Once you're in your position, depending on your role, you're somewhat free to do your job as you see fit (especially in the technical fields)

    Cons

    Lots of people in administrative positions where they are unqualified, and like any good government agency there's an incredible amount of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fear change, embrace it. The students are ultimately the people who pay their bills.


  9. If you're serious about your career go somewhere else for grad school

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Storrs Manfld, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Storrs Manfld, 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 pay and benefits as a grad student - Classes are easy and expectations are pretty low

    Cons

    - Incompetent leadership in my department or division - Professors do not care about grad students - No opportunities to get exposure to projects that will help get a job in research or academia

    Advice to Management

    Look at the time it takes an average student to obtain a Ph.D. in each department. Look at attrition rates of Ph.D. students. Then start holding division and department heads accountable.


  10. Paying Union Dues is a Waste of time at UConn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Storrs Mansfield, CT

    I worked at University of Connecticut

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

    Pros

    Snow days. Higher than average pay scale. On campus food service. Employee testing gives impression that transfers are easy, they aren't, but at least you've got an actual test score that says you have a brain.

    Cons

    Parking distance from office. Politics. Total disregard by Sr Management for the activities of Middle Management - they get away with mind-blowing activities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the current dept budget process. Telling depts they must spend $ to get more $ is counterproductive and just wrong.


  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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