University of Connecticut Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Adjunct Faculty

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    A good way to start

    Cons

    Middle of nowhere and very expensive cost of living

  2. Difficult to navigate for people who are unaware of big-university bureaucratic shortcomings

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Its OK. Good Environment with lots of fee, charges

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

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

    Pros

    > Good Environment.
    > Great Placement. Near to Boston and NY.

    Cons

    > Lots of Fees and charges. They take a lot of money in terms of charges.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, nice benefits for graduate students

    Cons

    The university mostly cares about putting money into sports

    Recommends
  6. Research student at UCONN

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    Good work-like balance and excellent training for students depending on what research group. Flexible schedules with classes for graduate students.

    Cons

    Tough at times with exams, end of the year reports, and general research at times. Pay is much lower than industry standard, but tuition reimbursement is a plus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Connecticut

    Pros

    great benefits, great work-life balance, opportunity for growth

    Cons

    like most public school, can be bureaucratic and clunky, can take a while to address any issues

  8. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Storrs, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Storrs, CT

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

    Pros

    Nice location, Friendly staff. Nice research facility.

    Cons

    Does not have a public transportation system. So you must own a car to travel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great place to start off

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in Storrs, CT
    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in Storrs, CT

    I worked at University of Connecticut as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity and guidance, great people. This is a good entry level environment, but you may not want to make a career of it. Plenty to learn if you are willing to go after it and take the initiative.

    Cons

    Limited to more of beginner positions, interns find it tough to get full work weeks, tough to make it up the ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some chances on your younger team members

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Excellent opportunity to work with high technology start-up companies in Connecticut.

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    Former Contractor - Analyst in East Hartford, CT
    Former Contractor - Analyst in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at University of Connecticut as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The autonomy to fail forward, but enough guidance and support when you need it to be an effective consultant for the company you are working for.

    Cons

    Expectations and deliverables were not always clear, and depended upon your ability to communicate effectively with the customer. Having clear expectations and goals is very important in the start-up or lower stages of a company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Solid work between classes

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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

    As a student worker, the department I worked for really held the "school first" mentality. Always flexible and looking to build a solid schedule around my coursework and school activities. Full-time workers were knowledgeable and extremely supportive to the student staff. Great way to make connections within the school and learn a lot of the inner workings of the university structure. Solid compensation with good raises while employed. Great perks such as lunches, speakers, advice from professionals, and a casual, friendly culture (matches the college culture well).

    Cons

    University hierarchy and bureaucracy always felt like it was getting in the way. It felt like things were fairly slow to change. It technically is a state job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great school first approach to student employment. Allow ideas to get more than just an agreeing nod.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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