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University of Connecticut Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
168 Reviews
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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
  • Pay is very low compared to the job incurred to graduate students (in 5 reviews)

  • recent change in health insurance plan (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Want to know why the State is in trouble?

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Look at your supervisors! They are a problem!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at University of Connecticut as an intern

    Pros

    The internship was supposed to present opportunities to learn consulting and research and interact with students from other disciplines.Potential to connect with employers and build resume for post graduate job search. Potential to build portfolio of research work and presentation skills. If these things all actually happened it would have been a great experience. The one thing that was a plus was that it was a paid internship.

    Cons

    Though it is improving, the program still struggles to equal the Edge Lab program (which has been discontinued)-a disappointing discovery to hardworking students who devote their time and research to this program.Interns are often subject to favoritism and a highly disappointing lack of guidance. Not the opportunity its presented to be. Ridiculous amount of work hours without proper acknowledgement.Temperamental staff and inconsistent quality amongst student participants which was insulting after awhile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the Edge Lab or change the current staff and director and type of projects. In its present state the program is a disappointment to students.Do a better job of vetting students and staff so that the slackers and poor mentors are weeded out. The program also needs much more impressive projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    A horrible work environment and organizational culture

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Storrs, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Storrs, CT

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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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.  

    Very disorganized, employees aren't trained properly.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Demand better training for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    it's like living with a dysfunctional family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT

    I worked at University of Connecticut

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A Great University. . . Just a disfunctional alumni association

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Do not waste too much of your life here

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    treat your graduate students as human beings but not slaves

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

    Help do experiment for research projects.

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    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.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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