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University of Minnesota Reviews in Minnesota

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
472 Reviews
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University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler
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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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    Student Landscape Worker

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Work outside, got lots of exercise to keep off the college lbs. decent pay and flexible to class schedule. understood class came first. Can learn some decent machine/horticulture skills/building skills if you are in the right unit.

    Cons

    Winters can be tough. Snow emergency call-in very early on very rare occasions. Can't be afraid of a little hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money never hurts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good access w/ weak leadership

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    Former Employee - Innovation Fellow  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Innovation Fellow in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hospital and Research access
    Invited speakers with great industry experience

    Cons

    Low salary for education
    Multiple leadership changes
    "My way or the highway" attitudes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some experienced leaders w/ people skills
    Know when to "cut bait" w/ bad choices/leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Nice place to work

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Climate is good and other staff are excellent

    Cons

    Snow and snow, the pay band is very low as compared to other university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More higher pay bands are required

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Technology Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Technology Supervisor  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Technology Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, excellent benefits, and opportunities for growth if your willing to leave your current department.

    Cons

    Some departments offer less salary then the going rate for information technology positions. IT was put into silo's for each area in the main IT community and that makes it difficult to accomplish projects unless you have every player at the table and that is usually very difficult to accomplish. Help desk calls get passed from one person to another to another rather then getting solved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calling the help desk should resolve the ticket in just a short period especially when its a simple task.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good 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 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional work place, good place to built leadership skill

    Cons

    The part-time salary is low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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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 part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good health benefits for graduate assistants. Living in a middle-sized city makes life very conveienent.

    Cons

    The winter here is very tough. There is lots of snow.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great experience!

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

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

    Pros

    With tuition covered, healthcare covered (the best healthcare ever!), and being well paid on top of it all, the U pays its GRA's incredibly well.

    Cons

    It can definitely be hard balancing a 20-hour-per-week job with grad school, but to come out of school with no debt is priceless, so I highly recommend taking one of these positions if you can get your hands on one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Program coordinator

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great teaching university in a terrific setting with lots of opportunities

    Cons

    management red tape to get approval for anything---slow things down. Also salary is not commiserate with the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work-life balance. Old ways of doing things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good School

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to TA.

    Cons

    The management can be vague in their expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up front in selecting a research advisor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    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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