University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance as people could take time off (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits - especially the Regents Scholarship (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, little room for growth up the ladder (in 11 reviews)

  • Salary is on the low-end and there are not a lot of opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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  1. sudent

    Current Employee - Student in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Student in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Very good environment for my specialisation - VLSI. The courses offered for backend vlsi is top class and upto industru standards here.

    Cons

    There is scope for little improvement. It would be great if courses like low power vlsi design industry standards physical design are added


  2. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Executive Director of Curriculum Administration in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Executive Director of Curriculum Administration in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits for all full-time employees.

    Cons

    Faculty given higher priority over staff.


  3. Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota (Less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive environment and diversity culture

    Cons

    parking fee is too expensive


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  5. YMMV

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Program Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Project Program Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people Good benefits Meaningful work; through our teaching, research, and outreach, we positively affect the lives of others, locally and globally. There are so many profoundly important things that University students, staff, and faculty do. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the work of my colleagues.

    Cons

    No opportunity for meaningful raises or compensation for exceptional performance. Salary stays stagnant unless you change jobs Some departments are run better than others Lack of respect for lower-level employees in some departments

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to compensate people for exceptional work while remaining within their current job. It is wasteful for a great employee who loves their job to have to move to a different job and get trained all over again just to get a raise. Check in periodically with each department to ensure it is running according to best practices, and provide REQUIRED support, training, and meaningful feedback FOR ALL EMPLOYEES so departments function as well as possible. There are huge variations in how different departments are run and some remain incredibly inefficient. Where best practices are not utilized or understood, departments often don't take advantage of voluntary resources available to improve, since they are not required to do so, and do not place a priority on it. RECOGNIZE AND VALUE EMPLOYEES WHO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, no matter what job level they are in.


  6. Student positions

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    Current Employee - Student Library Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Student Library Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and it is an easy commute for students.

    Cons

    The pay is awful, raises are hard to come by even with promotions, and sometimes the full time workers take advantage of the students.


  7. Research Environment is good

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    University of Minnesota, TC has a convenient location at Minneapolis. The campus looks nice and clean. And people are very friendly and helpful. The alumni network is very helpful as well.

    Cons

    Although the university has an excellent reputation in Minnesota, it is not that effective to find a job out of the state. Relatively expensive compared to other mid west universities.

    Advice to Management

    Personnel and payroll office has a very inconvenient location. It used to have an office in the east bank but now only available at west bank. Please bring it back.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Director

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, compassionate and gifted Colleagues

    Cons

    Burden of upper level administration, level of politics, no decisions are made and lack of progress. Faculty driven decision making, who are rarely involved in how things actually operate or function

    Advice to Management

    Do not make decisions in a silo, listen to the people on the ground doing the work. Stop over burdening your workforce with layers of policies and procedures to make anything get done.


  9. Great student jobs, could do with more advanced positions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Help Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Technology Help Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for the Information Technology department of the UMN as a Technology Help Specialist. I liked the job a lot and the pay was fair. There were also plenty of hours available and most of my coworkers were great to work with.

    Cons

    Need more student IT jobs that deal with software development and coding. Computer Science jobs on campus are hard to find and most UMN positions dealing with more complex stuff are full-time only.

    Advice to Management

    Open up more jobs to students, we all need the career experience and I'm sure you'd keep more people studying Comp Sci or Comp Eng to stay at OIT if you did.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Executive Office & Administrative Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Land grant institution with an emphasis on research. Beautiful Twin Cities campus with ongoing capital projects.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance from administrative to professional or managerial opportunities. Tendency to hire from the outside for those positions rather than to promote from within. The culture is quite cliquey, and passive/aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the mid-to-upper management bloat. There are administrators and directors who got their positions through political favoritism rather than based on merit or competency.


  11. U of M student jobs

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, flexible, i really enjoyed it for a first job

    Cons

    Low pay for student jobs



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