University of Connecticut 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. Grad Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    faculty, research opportunities, collaborations, flexible hours, great for families

    Cons

    health care benefits for grad students is much worse then for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. University of Connecticut is a great place to work at. Please come, visit and stay. You will like it.

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Storrs, CT
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Storrs, CT

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    Storrs is a small town far from the distractions and is a perfect place to study. People here are nice and helpful. Grocery store and CVS are close to the campus. For college basketball fans, we have strong men's and wonmen's basketball team.

    Cons

    There are not many ways of entertainment since we are distant from city life. We have nice farms and delicious ice creams through.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Intramurals Ref

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    Current Employee - Intramurals Ref in Storrs, CT
    Current Employee - Intramurals Ref in Storrs, CT

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    Unfavorable shift times/lengths. Only shifts available were from 6 to midnight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Three hour shifts should be a possibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Student Worker

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Storrs, CT
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Storrs, CT

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

    Pros

    The free food, flexible schedule, relaxed management. They give you a bonus check at the end of the semester of .25 for every hour you've worked.

    Cons

    The full time management is over-bearing and has unrelastic expectations of their workers. They will expect you to miss classes to work. They want you to be working non-stop and if they see you with nothing to do they have give you a very unpleasant job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I advise for the full time management to lower their expectations of the student workers. You have to remember that as students they are here to learn and the job is just a side activity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Acceptable work, okay pay, great perks

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Storrs, CT
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Storrs, CT

    I worked at University of Connecticut part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Unofficial access to dining hall food, able to take home copious leftovers if you're friendly with the kitchen staff

    Cons

    college students are slobs, cleaning can be vicious. co-workers typically inebriated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    breathalyzer when you punch in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Working at the UConn Ice Rink was the best experience I have had with work culture and employees.

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    Current Employee - Student Employee in Storrs, CT
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Storrs, CT

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

    Pros

    The people are great, easy job, great for students looking for a source of income and a new group of friends. Not a lot of hours unless you request to have more, which is nice when balancing classes too.

    Cons

    Minimum wage or slightly higher pay is low, but the job is easy so it is completely fair. Only hires students, and not very many. Dealing with customers is not always the easiest. Late night and early morning hours possible. You will work most weekends, often early in the morning or at night.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Difficult to navigate for people who are unaware of big-university bureaucratic shortcomings

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Storrs, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Storrs, CT

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, usually. If you show up as an experienced teacher, then you should have no issues getting settled with the teaching load that most departments give their grad students--teach 2, take 3. If, however, you have never been in a classroom it is rather like baptism by fire because there is little-to-no training for brand new grad students.
    If you are an independent person who not only has a car but also takes out some student loans, it is possible to live a semi-comfortable life on the salary provided. This is a big university and, as such, you have to make your own opportunities. No one will hold your hand. UConn is a rank 1 university. You have access to some very brilliant minds who are extremely well published in their fields but you really have to have a plan and be independent to 'get along' in the Storrs, CT wilderness.

    Cons

    If you are a person who needs a really active adviser and some hand holding, this is not the university for you. This is a rank one facility and its faculty are focused mainly on publishing and not too terribly on teaching. Depending on your department, you will work like a dog and be expected to produce in a timely fashion. If you can separate the wheat from the chaff you will be in good shape. Unfortunately, there is a lot of administrative chaff---administrative assistants that should have long ago retired, professors who are overwhelmed and live so far away that they are never available and, finally, professors who are so far removed from today's doctoral job market that they cannot really provide productive advice for a young scholar. Sad, but true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the grad students back to employees so that their insurance does not cost them an arm and a leg. Pay the graduate students a more livable wage so that they don't have to go further into debt because the cost of housing is so egregious in CT. Cut the administrative fat. There are staff members (not faculty) who consistently fail to show up to work and are terribly ineffective. What a waste of money that could be better spent on the grad students who are pretty much the people who do the most teaching at UConn.

  9. ConnPIRG Health & Wellness Internship

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at University of Connecticut as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent exprience working with a non-profit organization. Collaborateed with teammates to provide aid/support to local neighborhood. Very effective.

    Cons

    My position in the Hunger & Homelessness Campaign was not the best fit for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow team members to choose position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. great school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    people are nice,great campus

    Cons

    it is isolated. Parking is not easy

  11. Excellent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    Very friendly faculty and staff.
    24/7 access to your office/building (not on snow days).
    Lots of hardware and software tools available.

    Cons

    Parking is a challenge when students are in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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