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

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
457 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.  

    Teaching Assistant

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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 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A nice learning experience
    Get to see many students doing projects
    An introduction to entering academia
    Learn a lot from the profs by working closely with them.

    Cons

    Competitive environment
    A lot of time gets consumed grading assignments, reports and quizzes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Very large research university

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time

    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
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great lab research experience

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

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

    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
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    Great place to work

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

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

    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
  6.  

    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

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

    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
  7.  

    Interesting place to work

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  8.  

    Best place for work/life balance!

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The Univeristy of Minnesota creates a collegial environment with phenomenal expertise (everyone really knows their subject area!) and modern resources

    In addition, fantastic employee benefits (especially medical and retirement).

    Cons

    COLD, COLD, COLD, and FREEZING! Other than that no complaints (especially during the beautiful summer)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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

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

    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.

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    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

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

    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
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    University of Minnesota

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

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

    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

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