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University of Minnesota Reviews in Minnesota

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.9 304 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler

Eric W. Kaler

(117 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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
  • Low pay for the amount of education (but hey, it's academia, what's new)(in 9 reviews)

  • Not as much opportunities for advancement(in 5 reviews)

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    A good place to work. Great teams. University is supportive of employees and students.

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGreat work culture. Inter disciplinary support is great. Plenty of learning opportunities and amenities. University supports the employees with tuition fees.

    ConsGrowth depends on your supervisor. No particular support on the employees career growth along with the groups growth. Knowledge workers are under rated and under paid like in many universities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Laid back atmosphere, great experience

    Community Program Specialist (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsAs a research coordinator, I had a lot of flexibility in my position. I enjoyed the atmosphere, which was laid-back, yet intellectually stimulating. I was able to gain great experience in this position and was given a lot of independence and responsibility.

    The benefits are great.

    ConsSalary is on the low-end and there are not a lot of opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management should continue to be flexible with their employees because it is one of the perks of the position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Low salary, great benefits

    Research Fellow (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsRelaxed and supportive work environment. Individual thought allowed. Flexible schedule.

    ConsSalaries are not very competitive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good

    Office Manager (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGreat benefits. Live in mnpls

    ConsCorporate environment..... too much paperwork. But the benefits make up for it.
    Feel like there is no proper channels of communication

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood job

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    Love the academic environment, flexibility, and benefits, but not the ambiguity and lack of communication at times

    Coordinator (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsBenefits are awesome! Benefits for staff in a Professional & Administrative (P&A) position which is considered an annually renewable contract position are equivalent to faculty benefits (e.g., long-term disability, significant contributions to retirement, vacation, sick leave). While the benefits are better for P&A positions compared to regular staff positions (e.g., Civil Service), they can be less secure in that it is easier for P&A contract positions to not be renewed than to lay off Union staff with continuing positions.

    Potential option to participate in Regents Scholarship program which significantly pays for course credits taken at the U of M.

    Ongoing opportunities for training and access to valuable resources at the U of M

    May have more autonomy and flexibility

    Potential opportunities to move into different positions within the institution if desired

    ConsDepending on the position, who you report to etc.,
    - compensation may be lower (but benefits and potential life balance may offset this)
    - lack of funding to cover position is possible
    - may be ambiguity in terms of roles and responsibilities
    - may not receive sufficient time to meet with or get feedback from boss
    - may be some work place politics going on

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegular and meaningful communication and feedback is key!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyable and active

    Senior QA Analyst (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    Proschallenging, flexible and good support

    Consless coordination with in the team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great job, but my specific experience may not be representative

    Research Fellow (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsIndependent workplace with little micromanagement.
    Brilliant, successful colleagues who are a pleasure to work with.
    Flexible work schedule.
    Fantastic benefits.
    Competitive salary.

    ConsI am the youngest employee at my level in the division by at least 20 years.
    Being such a large university, it often can seem as if you're inside your own little bubble separate from the rest of the university.
    Parking is expensive and rigid (i.e. cannot get a permit only for winter).

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake promotion requirements/paths a little more transparent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Friendly and non competitive environment to work as a Research Coordinator

    Research Coordinator (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsFlexible hours, Great learning environment and ability to function independently. There are opportunities for employees to further develop their careers through the Regent's scholarship program.

    ConsSalary scale is poor. No sound metrics to benchmark employee performance and little incentive or opportunities to be a stand-out performer in the work place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore award recognition for employees that are not faculty or tenure track

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    Great Place for Grad Students

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGood balance between academic and professional responsibilities, generous compensation, supportive faculty and staff members.

    ConsTuition is high for a public school. The culture within the departments I worked was very cliquish, making it difficult sometimes to get things done. Everyone seems to have their own territory when it comes to classes. The administration don't always communicate effectively with the graduate students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure graduate students are brought into decision making processes. Having a team of graduate students spend years redesigning a course only to give the course to someone who throws all their work away is not a way to build a good relationship.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Progressive, relaxed atmosphere with good people, but lags in adopting modern standards and best practices

    Developer III (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsWorking at the U is very different than the corporate world. There is no expectation that I work over 40 hours/week, deadlines and due dates are hit-or-miss, expectations are minimal so it is easy to become a leader in the software development community on campus. People at the U generally share a progressive, liberal mindset, they are friendly and helpful, but don't expect them to be pushing the boundaries of the industry or modern technology, acting as early adopters, or working to become leaders in the industry.

    ConsIf you want to progress in your career or learn new frameworks or technologies you will need to press yourself, as your coworkers will likely be happy using the same stack they've been using for the past decade. It can be difficult to get a raise, usually the only way this happens is by interviewing in other University departments and forcing your current department to either bump you up or lose you. There is definitely a "slow lane" that you can get into where you aren't learning anything new and aren't actively working on challenges that make you a better developer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy manager is amazing, but this varies department-to-department. In general it seems like most managers support a very good work-life balance, are understanding and flexible, and they don't "sweat the small stuff."

    My only advice for upper management at the U is to work on getting good employees raises and better compensation, as most who focus on improving their skill set will run up against the limits of the U and move on to a higher paying position in the private sector.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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