University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance as people could take time off (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits - especially the Regents Scholarship (in 30 reviews)

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

  • Salary is on the low-end and there are not a lot of opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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  1. IT

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements available, investment in career development

    Cons

    Low pay, slow pace, can be challenging to move around, hard to break out of silo


  2. sudent

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Very good environment for my specialisation - VLSI. The courses offered for backend vlsi is top class and upto industru standards here.

    Cons

    There is scope for little improvement. It would be great if courses like low power vlsi design industry standards physical design are added


  3. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Executive Director of Curriculum Administration in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Executive Director of Curriculum Administration in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits for all full-time employees.

    Cons

    Faculty given higher priority over staff.


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  5. Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota (Less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive environment and diversity culture

    Cons

    parking fee is too expensive


  6. Usability Lab Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Usability Lab Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Usability Lab Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Provides a lot of learning opportunities for students trying to get valuable real-world experience, especially if it's within your field.

    Cons

    Some of the jobs can be monotonous. However, being a student worker doesn't provide a whole lot of dynamic activity.

    Advice to Management

    Try to provide tasks that students can get the most out of more often. Busy work is busy work, but too much of it can be a nuisance.


  7. YMMV

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Program Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Project Program Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people Good benefits Meaningful work; through our teaching, research, and outreach, we positively affect the lives of others, locally and globally. There are so many profoundly important things that University students, staff, and faculty do. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the work of my colleagues.

    Cons

    No opportunity for meaningful raises or compensation for exceptional performance. Salary stays stagnant unless you change jobs Some departments are run better than others Lack of respect for lower-level employees in some departments

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to compensate people for exceptional work while remaining within their current job. It is wasteful for a great employee who loves their job to have to move to a different job and get trained all over again just to get a raise. Check in periodically with each department to ensure it is running according to best practices, and provide REQUIRED support, training, and meaningful feedback FOR ALL EMPLOYEES so departments function as well as possible. There are huge variations in how different departments are run and some remain incredibly inefficient. Where best practices are not utilized or understood, departments often don't take advantage of voluntary resources available to improve, since they are not required to do so, and do not place a priority on it. RECOGNIZE AND VALUE EMPLOYEES WHO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, no matter what job level they are in.


  8. The good, the bad, and the ugly

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free or reduced tuition, interesting learning experiences, opportunities to develop great friendships and build connections for later in your career.

    Cons

    Awful pay unless you are management.... which it isn't hard to be management, as the U of M is notoriously top heavy. Also - be prepared as your work atmosphere will either be fantastic or absolutely awful and hostile.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more. Value your employees, all of them; not just management or faculty. There is no budget for the work that staff, graduate students, and others do at the University.


  9. Instructional Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Training Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Contractor - Training Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Organization you can believe in.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic decision-making leads to stagnation.


  10. Student positions

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Student Library Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Student Library Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and it is an easy commute for students.

    Cons

    The pay is awful, raises are hard to come by even with promotions, and sometimes the full time workers take advantage of the students.


  11. Research Environment is good

    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

    Pros

    University of Minnesota, TC has a convenient location at Minneapolis. The campus looks nice and clean. And people are very friendly and helpful. The alumni network is very helpful as well.

    Cons

    Although the university has an excellent reputation in Minnesota, it is not that effective to find a job out of the state. Relatively expensive compared to other mid west universities.

    Advice to Management

    Personnel and payroll office has a very inconvenient location. It used to have an office in the east bank but now only available at west bank. Please bring it back.



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