University of Denver

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University of Denver Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
76 Reviews
3.6
76 Reviews
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University of Denver Provost Gregg Kvistad
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work-life balance and its nice to work around educators (in 10 reviews)

  • Fun atmosphere, laid back work environment, best supervisor I've ever had (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Not alot of room for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Low salary compared to other colleges and especially low considering the job skills and degrees required for many positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Environment and class cultures

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Denver

    Pros

    Nice cute university with very good and caring professors
    Easy to find the admins/lectures/professors and talk one on one.

    Cons

    The number of students is much smaller that big universities,

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at University of Denver as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great and the people are a joy to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes it is hard to balance job requirements with school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Graduate Assistant- Work Study

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Denver part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues. Laid-back feel but still very professional. Beautiful campus. Very understanding supervisors in terms of needing to balance full-time studies with work schedule. Pay very good for hourly work.

    Cons

    Supervisors sometimes out of touch with student workers in terms of level of responsibility. Need more feedback at more regular intervals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though I am not full-time, I have heard that full-time salaries should be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing four years

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO

    I worked at University of Denver part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The school is in the most perfect location, close to down town and the mountains, but far enough away that you feel like you are part of a smaller community.
    I loved basically every professor and the campus is gorgeous.

    Cons

    I wish they would have had a football team, having big events like that are fun. Hockey and lacrosse don't quite fill that void. There are also a lot of students from very wealthy families which can make for a "stuck up/snobby" atmosphere at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great education, great opportunities

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Intern in Denver, CO

    I worked at University of Denver as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    As a former student I managed to work for the University of Denver in multiple capacities. All my jobs here however always focused on great work-life balance. Most departments are flexible when things come up. Even for non-students, everyone is respected and the mission of the university is expressed. Time off policy is great

    Cons

    There always seemed to be politics with upper management. Having to work with college aged students (many feel entitled) at time made things more difficult then they needed to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the politics. Offer more growth opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Building Manager

    Former Employee - Building Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Building Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at University of Denver part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours and lots of time to work on homework. Low stress environment.

    Cons

    Limited responsibilities. Work with lots of underclassmen.

  8.  

    Try not to hit your head on the glass ceiling

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at University of Denver full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Generally the people working at DU are nice. The University matches retirement contributions up to 4% and benefitted employees are eligible for tuition waiver (20 credits per academic year) after 6 months (after 7 years service, dependents receive 90% tuition waiver). If you want to work in the same job for years/decades on end with little to no prospect of advancement, DU is perfect for you. If you want to get a(nother) degree and have a few years to spare, DU is a great option.

    Cons

    If you're hoping to get your foot in the door and move up, do not waste your time with DU. The university is extremely flat as an organization, HR knows about it, but does not care. Salaries are pitifully low. Most posted jobs are in the mid-30s. Hiring culture at DU is horrendous and there is almost no desire to leverage motivated, qualified internal candidates. The trend is, and continues to be to hire outside the university despite over-qualified, internal candidates. Internal transfers only seem to occur through cronyism and not through actual merit, experience, or what is best for the university or a given position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't matter what anyone writes here because the egoism of higher ed administrators won't be affected. Nevertheless, develop a culture that shows that you care about current employees and promote internal hires. Offer more competitive salaries. Recognize staff contributions more than just a free meal once a year (a empty gesture of noblesse oblige if nothing else).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to learn and develop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Denver

    Pros

    Great way to make lifelong friends, learn a lot of interesting information and network.

    Cons

    You are thrown in and must learn quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Internal Reputation Does Not Match Broader Perception

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Denver full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tuition benefits are great, but any job paying in at least the 30's seem to require a Masters. Some professional development opportunities, but you really have to fight tooth and nail to get it. Many of the staff and faculty are nice and want to work hard, but the others are just riding tenure or waiting to retire. The potential is here, but needs a lot of help.

    Cons

    DU seems to be living a double life. Although regionally we have a great reputation, there is nothing inspiring about this place. Sadly the starting salary is mid-30's, received a promotion and increase in salary (which was appreciated), but when there are no resources, unrealistic demands, quick turnover, and absent leadership, it makes for a rough environment. There are few who work really hard (despite the awful pay), and not enough who work hard, making success within the job nearly impossible. There is no communication between departments, faculty or staff. There are a lot of really talented staff, but they are grossly under-appreciated, hence DU's atrocious attrition rate. The University is very slow to change in both policy and curriculum. DU is becoming a thing of the past because they cannot keep up with technology or varying types of curriculum delivery methods. Unethical practices make it hard to stomach working here (don't worry, I won't be around much longer). Titles are a big thing around here and it's very hierarchical. No such thing as collaborative efforts. Tons and tons of ego. We need some young blood and fresh perspective, as well as more diversity. The house needs to be deep cleaned across the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire now before you drive the entire school into the ground. Work life balance is increasingly harder, although it's still pretty good. ABSOLUTELY NO REAL COMP TIME, if you work after hours. Could be a great way to balance the salary if you allow comp time and trust your hard-working employees who have proved themselves to not take advantage. Manage your employees who need it, and stop appointing faculty to management positions. Just because they can teach, doesn't mean they can manage. Give staff credit where credit is due.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Time for a Complete Re-haul

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Denver full-time

    Pros

    Employee tuition waiver after 6 months of work

    Cons

    No room for advancement in particular departments. You are expected to complete work utilizing archaic practices (saving all paperwork in folders and file cabinets instead of using scanning and indexing); no raises for the past several years; feeling of being restricted to your office only (no flexibility to engage with other employees in same building without being questioned about whereabouts by supervisor); director does not engage with his/her employees; assist director does nothing to assist employees, but rather, sits in office all day - even when employees may need assistance with students/parents. Lack of professionalism by certain employees in regards to their dress, customer assistance, and depth of knowledge of departmental responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go management/employees that add no value to the department/university; acknowledge hard-working employees more often than once a year (PEDS review); create growth opportunities and if there is no way of doing so or you just don't care to do so, then let potential interviewees know that there are no opportunities to grow; adapt to 21st century technological advances; encourage proper etiquette, both personally and professionally. Change the management mentality of "as long as I am a director/assoc/asst director everything is just fine" and encourage your employees to better themselves and support them should they choose to move up and out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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