University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. I TA for the English department as a part of my graduate degree.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    I get free tuition in exchange for working as a TA. The stipend is pretty small, but enough to get by on if you get a part-time job, and I am getting paid while getting a free degree, which is awesome. The best thing about working at the U is the amazing health insurance--I've never had insurance this good and probably never will again. You will find some students who don't really want to be here, but in general the students are very passionate and eager to learn. They do give you some choice in what you want to teach as you progress in your degree. You can use the gym for (almost) free.

    Cons

    It's annoying that, although we get tuition remission, we still have to pay for the student fees, which are $700 every semester. I'd much prefer it if they just deducted that amount from my pay, because then I'd be in a lower tax bracket. Also, I did feel kind of unqualified to teach some of the classes I taught. They just assume all MFA students are capable of teaching most classes in the department, and I feel like it kind of shortchanges the undergrads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deduct the student fees from our pay instead of making us pay them! It wouldn't cost the department any more money, it would just be a bureaucratic shift that would help us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. My experience as a researcher in University of Minnesota, Twin Cities My experience as a researcher in University of M

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    Current Employee - PhD Studet in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - PhD Studet in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    The department has elite faculty panel and fantastic students providing a rich environment for research on state of the art methodology

    Cons

    The weather in Minneapolis a big downside. Up to seven months of winter can be depressing at times. The weather in Minneapolis a big downside. Up to seven months of winter can be depressing at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the Metrotransit department to improve the frequency of public buses on popular routes near the Campuses especially during winter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great school with great employment opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Salary is good for college student, hours can easily fit with course schedule, some positions are low-key and you can do your homework there as well.

    Cons

    Being a student and working even part-time can be challenging - make sure you have good time-management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing! Great opportunities for students at the U!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Working as a TA provides the funding needed to pay my bills while obtaining a Masters degree. Relatively flexible schedule. Mostly good people willing to help out.

    Cons

    Grading can take up a lot of time and ultimately keep you away from your research. Little collaboration between departments. Everyone looking out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to graduate students. Find ways to collaborate with others in the department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Reasonable arrangement for graduate students in mathematics.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Tuition is covered. Administration is very helpful. If you don't have your own funding, you are guaranteed a TA position with a small stipend for six years. Teaching responsibilities take about 12-15 hrs/week, leaving you with enough time for coursework and research. Flexible summers. Good community of students.

    Cons

    Stipend runs around 18k, does not include health insurance - difficult to live on for six years. Job prospects after graduation are always in flux. Advisers are hit-and-miss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think some students get lost or discouraged. Helping students to get career counseling might be helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Junior Scientist

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    Current Employee - Junior Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Junior Scientist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Working in a small laboratory allows for you to learn several different roles, and build up your resume more than in a larger company.

    Cons

    Salaries in academia are not rewarding enough to keep talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Principal Investigators need to be more competitive with Industry standards on how they treat their employees and their expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. A good place to work at various levels. Growth and opportunities exist at a institution of this size. Pay is average

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities for growth and development within the institution.

    Cons

    Pay is not as good as with many educational institutions. Opportunities for growth are hampered by competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reasonable pay raises and internal hiring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Luck of the draw

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Institutional benefits are quite solid, good vacation, fair-ish salary, and campus itself is quite lovely. I've seen more departments committed to a work-life balance than in many environments

    Cons

    Supervisors often have little or no training and very few offices have a talent development perspective. Taking the next step in your career ladder may take 30 years or may never happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training to middle management and department heads or create more accountability in your supervisory positions. Provide clear opportunities for advancement for non-faculty employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Under-market pay; union dues; budget cuts.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The University covers 100% of your tuition for your first undergraduate degree. The University will also cover 75% of subsequent undergraduate degree(s), or a master's degree.

    Cons

    Depending on the unit/department in which you are employed, you may be offered a salary well under market standards. There is no getting out of union dues for civil service or bargaining unit employees, regardless of whether you support the union contract for your classification. Due to budget cuts, even exemplary employees are subject to layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of a union that only serves to enable/protect mediocre employees. Truly reward high performing employees through merit increases. The Regent's Scholarship is only helpful for those who can afford/can get additional financial aid to cover the remaining 25% for a master's or doctorate degree, as well as the tax consequences of tuition benefits that exceed the allotted maximum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Excellent coworkers, clueless administration

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work is flexible in hours as long as you get work completed. Coworkers genuinely interested in building a community.

    Cons

    Expect to be frustrated with incompetence in senior management. Compensation is strongly tied to seniority and not much else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do reviews. Actually engage in performance evaluation in a meaningful way. Depending on what division or department, there may not even be a yearly review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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