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University of Minnesota Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
534 Reviews
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Pros
  • The Director provides wonderful leadership and a there is a good work life balance in the office (in 25 reviews)

  • Employees have access to great benefits and are generally well compensated (in 30 reviews)


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

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

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  1.  

    A great place to work and learn with friendly, competent colleagues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Professional I in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Development Professional I in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Tuition assistance - 100% for undergraduate program, 75% for graduate/professional programs
    Work/life balance

    Cons

    Mixed opportunity for growth
    Slowness of management to embrace change
    Decentralization leads to inconsistent decision-making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower all employees with effective onboarding and ongoing training. Focus on goals and outcomes, and don't add on non-value added activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work for a student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours for student workers. Work-life balance is excellent -- if you need to study, it's always been easy to make time for that.

    Also, this place looks great on your resume. I've gotten a few interviews for full time work at other places purely because I have this experience listed.

    The culture is pretty laid back as well, in my experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes not much to work to do. Also new initiatives sometimes get brought up by management, or some department will decide on a "new way of doing things" but these changes seem to sometimes get forgotten about. This does seem to be getting better lately, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things are fine, overall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent university that remains a pioneer in the biomedical device industry.

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Beautiful state and Minneapolis is a great city. The faculty all have an exceptionally strong focus on collaborative work, and it shows in their integrated research!

    Cons

    The weather isn't for everyone. Very cold in the winters where weeks are spent at sub-zero temperatures.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    As a research assistant in the college in the school program. I get a very rewarding working environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The staffs in the program are all well trained and nice to their assistant. Workload isn't unbearable, the percent of travel is reasonable

    Cons

    The working time isn't so fixing as given hours a week. It varies a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    A rewarding research experience at the University of Minnesota

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    A rewarding research experience. top-ranked engineering programs. Outstanding faculty. access to lots of cutting-edge computational resources

    Cons

    Research oriented different from industry which is results/products-oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management and leadership skills especially for multidisciplinary research groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A Great Place to Work

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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

    Pros

    Working for the University of Minnesota has been great. The benefits are outstanding and the people are friendly. The work-life balance is unmatched to any other company I have been at.

    Cons

    The pay is low but that is expected when working for the University. Also, there are a lot of people who just collect a paycheck and don't do much work. It's hard to stay motivated in an environment where you are not rewarded for hard word. Not a ton of opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would find better ways to keep your employees motivated, there seems to be a lot of inefficiencies in how your employees operate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I am a student studying Industrial Engineering with a self-declared emphasis on inventor-ship and startup management.

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

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

    Pros

    The programs are great! CSE provides rigor, and has plenty of resources for it's students.

    Cons

    The 'inventor' oriented majors such as ME and EE provide little to no room for dabbling in product design, or entrepreneurship, equally important majors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the ease of self-declared majors within CSE, and make them CREDIBLE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Students are engaged and enthusiastic to learn.

    Cons

    No personal growth due to nature of position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Student Worker

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    people are great to work with and there is good management; there is great work-life balance, allows you to work from home so is very flexible

    Cons

    limited career development and low pay in general for students

  11.  

    For student workers: a decent way to get beer money

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The work usually isn't hard, the compensation is generally pretty good, there are lots of jobs available, generally, and the managers generally understand that you're a student first, and an employee second.

    Cons

    Usually isn't always - sometimes students are relied on too much to staff critical roles in organizations, and that's not quite appropriate sometimes (like, say, finals week). There tends to be a frustratingly high ratio of bureaucracy to actual people who do things, which is a problem throughout the University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is too much administration at the U, and it needs to be streamlined without reducing effectiveness of the U community. Institute more ways for people who bring great value to the U to be recognized and well rewarded for it - it's a win-win for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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