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

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
383 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Excellent coworkers, clueless administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a great place to go to graduate school and work as a RA and TA.

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    The University is filled with world-renowned faculty and extremely smart fellow graduate students.

    Cons

    Graduate students are low man on the totem pole. But that is true no matter what school you go to.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    A slow paced and extremely independent work culture

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    A lot of job opportunities and availability to find a very specific niche that you want to work in since the University is so large.

    Cons

    The cons are definitely that since the University is so large that everything is very systematic and slow which includes a lot of procedures. It is also so big that you sort of get swallowed up in the entire system and really only do your part and never really understand the whole picture of how the university works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The biggest issue with my position was the management. They were extremely lazy and really did not give me any work to accomplish. I was always the one that had to search out for work and it was almost too much of a laid back atmosphere in my department. No excitement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience, lots of development opportunities in short period.

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

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

    Pros

    Focus heavily on student development. Room to move up in a place with lots of short term turnover. Flexible with scheduling

    Cons

    Management is sometimes not in tune with what's going on at each store.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Close knit, casual, friendly environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and inviting. They make you feel like part of a family.

    Cons

    High turnover rate for managers. This results in constant change of direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No micromanaging, adapt to the culture of the company you are entering

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great experience

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    Former Employee - Professor Emeritus in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Professor Emeritus in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    good employer to work for

    Cons

    none that i can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Provides valuable job experience for student workers, along with flexibility for class schedules

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    Current Employee - Tour Guide in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Tour Guide in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule, which is great if you are a student with and gives you the ability to have a second job if you need it.

    Cons

    Salary level isn't always comparable to the amount of training you've had in comparison to other student jobs on campus; it really depends on which department you're in and how much funding they have

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Working at the University while studying is a good thing. Improved communication skills.

    Cons

    Long time working required. Not technical job. No technical experience. Relatively low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    worked in a CBS lab as research assistant

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    flexibility with schedule, interactive work, stimulating

    Cons

    sometimes repetitive, intimidating, lack of structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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