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University of Minnesota Reviews in Minneapolis, MN

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
455 Reviews

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Pros
  • The Director provides wonderful leadership and a there is a good work life balance in the office (in 19 reviews)

  • Employees have access to great benefits and are generally well compensated (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Not as much opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay for the amount of education (but hey, it's academia, what's new) (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great lab research experience

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Flexibility in time, various top-level research operations. The gym is a 2 minute jog from my office. I can get in at whatever time I wish, as long as I get my job done right. I love that results-oriented environment.

    Cons

    Low pay, little room for growth up the ladder. Some of the people you will work with tend to be stuck in their roles and do not have the ambition to work harder. Life is great for them and they don't have a pressured-bottom-line mentality that lives at a lot of companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Program Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. Great people. Lots of mobility.

    Cons

    Making large pay jumps at the U can be difficult because they use transparency on employee salaries as leverage for negotiating on new positions. If you can come in as an external then you won't have this problem. Depending on the department you land in, it can be bureaucratic but what company does not have this?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with your employees on career goals and be more open to innovation and change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very large research university

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Great flexibility
    Laid back environment

    Cons

    Low pay
    Experience greatly differs based on your relationship with your supervisor
    Not much growth allowed if you only have a bachelor's degree

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Awesome if you love to learn new things.

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

    Pros

    U of M provides friendly and supportive environment to work in and lots of opportunities to learn new skills. I is not very stressful job but that might depend on what lab you are in and who is your PI.

    Cons

    Getting there if difficult, parking is very expensive and very far from where the labs are, busses are inconvenient and will waste a lot of your time, and still will cost almost as much as some of the far away parking lots (at least for the staff, it is much cheaper for students and faculty).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits are really good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting place to work

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    Current Employee - IT Manager I  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager I in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    The work is very diverse and you can be as engaged as you want. In the IT field, you can work for central IT (OIT - Office of Information Technology), college level IT, or unit-level IT. Each one has its own advantages, different sets of politics, and different levels of autonomy.

    Cons

    Politics as always, but more than that, large egos from the faculty can get in the way of getting work done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Strong research university, but need more quality control for teaching

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

    Pros

    They offered courses assisting international students with their language and teaching skills. It helped get me prepared for the job. I also enjoyed lots of autonomy while leading recitation session or teaching a course.

    Cons

    With more enrollment, the workloads increases a lot, but the salary stayed almost the same. There were few measures to ensure the quality of teaching. I once substituted for a professor, and a student came up, saying that it was the only class in which she got something, and what I did was only explaining all the necessary concepts and demonstrating the examples in the book.

  8.  

    Worked in a research facility doing manufacturing and job met typical expectations.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Very flexible in scheduling.
    Can work small hours if a student and then get more on weekends if desired.

    Cons

    Movement as a student worker is minimal.
    Some things occur slowly because of all of the procedures that need to be performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to promote based on chance of a persons success in that position, not just experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    University of Minnesota

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    Current Employee - Career Counselor  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Well established organization focused on people's development.

    Cons

    It's very big and one can get lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees navigate they way for development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Comfortable work environment, good leadership.

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    Current Employee - Community Program Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Community Program Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Job security, time off, flexible work environment, great health care plans. And tuition benefits.

    Cons

    In many positions, promotion opportunities are few and far between, especially without obtaining an additional advanced degree. This is typical for academia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is lacking, unexciting, unmotivating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic environment for research

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    If you do research for a professor at the University of Minnesota, you will benefit from the knowledge and experience of excellent, leading researchers in their fields. Positives include access to neat labs and equipment and plentiful opportunities for personal growth, learning, and development. Of course, work schedules are tailored around classes, which is also hugely helpful for busy students.

    Cons

    Some of the lab equipment is aged. Other than that, no 'cons' I can think of!

    Recommends

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