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Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
495 Reviews
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Pros
  • The Director provides wonderful leadership and a there is a good work life balance in the office (in 22 reviews)

  • Employees have access to great benefits and are generally well compensated (in 29 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 vibrant and fulfilling place to work

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, genuine appreciation of staff. Generous paid time off and work/life balance. Specific culture can vary from department to department.

    Cons

    decentralization makes it difficult to know who is doing what, where to get information/training, learn and share best practices etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Actually cares about employees

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package (health, dental, vacation/sick time, retirement plans are all stellar!), personal opportunities for growth and development due to how large organization is, the feeling that you are actually making a difference in the lives of the students you serve

    Cons

    Tight budgets can often mean that the positions of employees who retire are not re-filled. Their work load, however, doesn't go away and is simply re-distributed and absorbed by the remaining employees. This creates work loads for full-time employees that are well above 40 hours per week.

    Salary can be much lower than comparable positions in the private sector, but the quality of the benefits package makes up for this many times over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cons of working at the U of MN - huge work load and lower salary namely - can easily be overlooked if you continue to offer such amazing benefits!

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    Short Take On University Student Jobs

    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    The University does very well in teaching its students and junior employees how to think critically, and prepare them for careers in the future.

    Cons

    Working for the University can be a roller-coaster, sometimes you end up working for great people and other times it is very difficult to find common ground. This is in part because of its diverse culture and constantly changing graduates that hire student workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Good benefits, huge organization

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and environment is friendly. No boss breathing over your neck. I rather enjoyed working here. i was given a list of expectations and tasks and I was able to complete them easily.

    Cons

    It was a temporary position and I couldn't extend it further. Post ions depend on grants and there is not much job security unless you are a tenure track faculty.. but I guess this is true of most higher education institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management is doing a fantastic job of maintaining the property which my surrounding very easy on the eye. keep up the great job people at UMN. Transport is easy because of the light rail going right through the campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  6.  

    wonderful experience as a grad student

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

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

    Pros

    great research culture, exceptionally smart people, cutting-edge research, hands-off attitude, brilliant camarederie, excellent pay, great facilities. Overall, a complete experience!

    Cons

    because of the high ranking of the school, it gets very competitive when it comes to grades in classes. the long winter is also a big minus. but that is made up for by the beautiful winter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to be.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Instructor in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    It is a very good experience, mainly because my department is great. They really want you to get your degree, and they provide a top tier education and degree. Health plan is very good and subsidized by department. Teaching load is very reasonable and they provide great resources to support your teaching.

    Cons

    Overall it is a good environment. Commuting by car can be difficult however, and the dependent health coverage is expensive. Also there is no dental.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good employment opportunity

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    There are reasonable job opportunities.

    Cons

    The management can be over bearing sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    kind of beaurocratic means of management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great campus culture

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for students. Decent pay. Good learning opportunities

    Cons

    No chance to step up the ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A public University dedicated to research, education and service.

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The University of Minnesota prides itself in being a great research institution dedicated to excellence, equity and opportunity. The hours are more than reasonable (8 hours each day is expected for full time staff) and flexibility of hours is pretty grand (depending on your department). The benefits package is one of the best I have seen making the University of Minnesota a wonderful place to work. The culture is typically more casual and laid back making it comfortable for most people. Almost every employee values education and research and are happy to be supporting a public institution excelling in these areas.

    Cons

    Pay is not the greatest and it is very difficult to get a raise or pay increase. One of the only ways for this to happen is to get another job offer and hope they match it, someone leaves or someone retires. Being a public institution everyone's pay is public knowledge creating another potential for employee dissatisfaction. It takes time to get training (and there is quite a bit of it) for access to different systems and there are many times people are unclear of the process to follow to obtain access to do their job. Once you have the key contacts you are good to go though. There is just a bit of digging at first.

    Recommends
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    Same issues as for-profit workplaces, but more relaxed and better benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is excellent for non-faculty jobs. Work atmosphere is almost always casual to very casual. Benefits remain excellent even after recent cuts. Low level admin jobs can be nice if one works with many faculty, as they tend to be very appreciative--but there's always one! Interactions with students are often very enjoyable. Mid-level and high-level mgmt jobs are becoming more specialized, and require Masters or higher degrees more often. That makes it feel like the U is becoming more professional in general, which is a good thing.

    Cons

    Structured rather like a hospital: students=patients, staff=staff, professors=doctors. If you're staff, there are only limited ways to increase salary or responsibility. Advanced degrees required for some admin jobs masquerading as jobs close to content (public health, public affairs, etc.) so be careful. Faculty managers and directors have little to no experience or interest in management and operations best practices. Positions in operations like accounting are usually much less fun as there are many old, old timers in low level mgmt positions who still think it is 1964. Very bad in some places.Expensive to park/commute to (like downtown) and subject to many traffic delays in area. As a middle manager, I have shared sad war stories with friends in for-profit situations, and found the details not much different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because an administrative position is in Public Health doesn't mean a Public Health masters degree will be helpful, or even used. Too many recent professional program graduates get snookered by University departments purveying positions which masquerade as positions somehow close to the content of the required degree. Central HR should do a better job of policing job postings which have masters or higher degrees required.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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