University of Memphis

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University of Memphis Reviews in Tennessee

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
67 Reviews
3.8
67 Reviews
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Pros
  • Easy work environment, good facilities for child care and schooling for children (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, relaxed atmosphere (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Student workers were exposed to too much politics for a student position (in 2 reviews)

  • Immigrants can forget this place as it doesnot sponspor your permanent residency unless you are tenure track proffessor (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work with excellent perks.

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    Former Employee - Professional Staff  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Professional Staff in Memphis, TN

    I worked at University of Memphis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits: vacation days, hours, tuition waiver, great location, and independence. Nice office culture and enjoyable coworkers.

    Cons

    Research focus less student focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly articulate vision and mission for each department and conduct focus groups to ensure all goals are being met.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It is what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at University of Memphis for more than a year

    Pros

    Set your own hours as long as you get stuff done.

    Cons

    Lower pay, though it can be good dependent on the department

  3.  

    Great working environment

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    Current Employee - Research Technician II  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at University of Memphis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Engaged colleagues seeking knowledge, exposure to different areas of research, everyday brings new projects and challenges. Great benefits and hours. Very flexible. Convenience with regard to networking and opportunities.

    Cons

    LOW pay! Not much room for growth or advancement to higher position with more pay. No raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To reduce turnover and the loss of valuable employees, increase salaries for the employees who do the bulk of the work rather than the admin and faculty who do very little yet get massive pay raises every single year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tenured Professor

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at University of Memphis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Intellectual Freedom, Good balance between research, teaching and service.

    Cons

    Higher education is changing rapidly ... university resources and support not consistently on par with rising research expectations and changes in course delivery models. Jury definitely still out on the new President David Rudd and his administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your research faculty. Smart motivated scholars are more often than not passionate in sharing their knowledge in the classroom. This city/region deserve and need the innovation and thought leadership that comes from a great urban research university. You can't make that happen by cutting PhD student funding and other research resources for disciplines that don't typically receive enjoy federally funded research grants. Not all of us study bugs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not a great place to work, but decent, for the most part.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Memphis, TN

    I worked at University of Memphis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some parts of the university promote a good work environment (e.g., the Dean's office of Arts and Sciences). Normal professor perks apply. Decent salary for a cheap city to live in.

    Cons

    A lot of politics gets in the way of professors moving forward. Compensation increases are surprisingly small. Promotions (tenure) is through the normal process and seems mostly fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to the professor's reviews of their Department Heads, and do something about negative reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I had an amazing time working at the University of Memphis for four years in various departments.

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Memphis, TN

    I worked at University of Memphis part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As a student they were always working around my schedule. I was promoted three times within three years so there is a lot of career growth.

    Cons

    If you're not a student then you have a really strict schedule and there aren't many raises given to anyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Great Mentor, Excellent work environment, Many opportunities for students

    Cons

    Low pay, Administration is beureucratic, No chance of promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in students who are exceptional.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Mediocre at most.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Easy commute from where I lived.

    Cons

    Nothing great about the workplace, had worked in really good places earlier so it did not measure up very much. The PI was not helpful and had poor scientific knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pay more attention to the students and postdocs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It has it's ups and downs!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    The tuition support and the paid holidays including a week off during the Christmas holidays. 1 sick day and 1 annaul day a month to non salaried employees.

    Cons

    No annual raises and no room for growth. In most cases you cannot get a promotion in your current position. To get a better position you have to apply to other jobs on campus and it seems like they just post those positions for procedural purposes and they hire a person they already have in mind. It seems like applying to other jobs are a waste.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication could be a lot better!! Some up supervisors do not know how to talk to their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I worked at University of Memphis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you want a month (approx) in accumulated vacation, then this is the place to work. They give 1 sick day and 2 annual days every month. The people I worked with were very "univerisiotic" (very loyal and dedicated).

    Cons

    There are no raises, no personal growth, and no promotions . If all these factors matter to you, then its not a place for you. Its located in Memphis and if you live in Bartlett, it would be a long commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is nothing management can do about it. Its a academic environment in a failing economy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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