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University of Delaware Reviews in Newark, DE

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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4.1 99 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

University of Delaware President Patrick T. Harker

Patrick T. Harker

(47 ratings)

95% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, big company with many growth opportunities (in 11 reviews)

  • The university has a beautiful campus and a great atmosphere (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Some graduate students can be a little hard to approach (but that varies as students come and go) (in 12 reviews)

  • Not much pay, and no full-time positions (in 5 reviews)

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    pretty happy

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Newark, DE

    Pros1. location is very good
    2. salary is increased each year. about 5% (perhaps to beat inflation)

    Consmust own a car. public transportation is poor.

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    UD Newark

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Newark, DE

    ProsUniversity of Delaware has awesome benefits and health rewards, millions of places to apply in all areas of the university, college classes for free as employees, and flexibility. The entire culture of the college is growth oriented and truly engaged. Should a person decide to continue college, there are tremendous opportunities for hands on practice and learning.

    ConsHR policies and time needed to process any paperwork.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working at UD is great

    ELI Staff (Former Employee) Newark, DE

    Prosvery good working environment, nice staff members, great benefit package and high potential of future development

    Consi have not idea about the cons of this position, working at UD has always been a great honor. Trust me, working at UD can be awesome!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    UD is a good place to work

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee) Newark, DE

    ProsFor a postdoc, research is high quality, access to all the necessary resources, salary is plenty to live on, 401k matching is unheard of, plenty to do in surrounding areas on holidays/weekends

    ConsParts of surrounding area are not necessarily safe, but that information is readily available and the areas can easily be avoided

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some faculty that focus on the education of the students, not necessarily on their research (which is what ultimately leads to promotions in most cases)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed bag.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Newark, DE

    ProsThere are some brilliant people, many of whom are also decent to work with. The hours tend to be flexible if you are in a lab or office.

    ConsLots of politics, substance is less important than marketing. The administration/management is very disconnected from the real needs of both employees and students. It is hard to get a full time position. Everything is about inflating the school's status, not improving the actual quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop bragging, address issues, retain professors who do quality research and who are dedicated to instruction. Keep employees accountable for work through a balanced system of incentives and consequences. Have some way for low level employees to report observations... they see a lot more of what happens around campus than most of the administrators and managers do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    University of Delaware, a university attempting to answer the big questions in higher education.

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee) Newark, DE

    ProsGreat benefits
    Beautiful workplace
    Sincere commitment to professional development
    It is a university that is really trying to address the issues that is facing higher ed. There is a lot of funding in the student affairs and student services areas. it is a large institution and most people put students first.

    ConsThe pace and the workload is very high in student affairs. there is very little concern about work life balance and we are plagued by the new RBB responsibility based budgeting, and virtually no ability to give raises to people who are doing better work than others in their department. People stay in their jobs for a long time, so not a lot of upward movement for entry levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider work-life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Small town, big research

    Research Associate II (Current Employee) Newark, DE

    ProsThis is a good institution for those in research who like a small town feel, but good research. The research community is diverse, the benefits are amazing. The leadership and community feel really depends on the department and supervisor you have. Overall, the living expenses in the surrounding communities are less, yet the benefit programs here are really good.

    ConsThey don't necessarily provide a whole lot of training depending on the department you enter. Again, the office culture depends on the department you go to. I've heard and seen really good office culture, and really bad office culture. I suggest you really talk to those in the department you are entering into first. If you are in the research community hoping for a lot of contact and communication across disciplines, don't have high hopes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    The IEC is a world class research institution regarding solar technology.

    Undergraduate Researcher (Former Employee) Newark, DE

    ProsAs an undergrad researcher, and a proponent of solar technology, I was very happy to work at the IEC. The people are great, everyone is very happy to help you learn. There are lunch events throughout the year which are fun and a large summer party; great culture.

    ConsSometimes advisers don't want to let you learn and train on equipment that isn't directly relevant to the research you are working on.

    Some graduate students can be a little hard to approach (but that varies as students come and go).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would recommend that undergrads be allowed to venture out a little more in the skills they develop.

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    Good place to work

    Research Associate II (Current Employee) Newark, DE

    ProsGreat health benefits, very good retirement matching, relaxed atmosphere, nice place to live in. The research enviorement at UD is great, with a lot of very interesting opportunities, and good access to equipment.

    ConsUniversity pay for research staff not exactly competitive with industrial pay. The recent 'powerplant' fiasco has shown how much the university really values it's commitment to be a good neighbor to the town of Newark. If you live IN Newark, the students can be a bit of a hassle (college town). Living outside of Newark can put you in the middle of suburban hell...

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on quality, and less on revenue, this is supposed to be a university, not a money mine.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Graduate Biology Student

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Newark, DE

    ProsDecent income, safe campus, good benefits, and nice department.

    ConsIf you have to TA, there are a lot of incoming students and not enough teachers, so this gets toppled off to the student TAs; thus effects lab work time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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