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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
534 Reviews
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534 Reviews
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University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler
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Review Highlights

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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    Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Students are engaged and enthusiastic to learn.

    Cons

    No personal growth due to nature of position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Student Worker

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

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

    Pros

    people are great to work with and there is good management; there is great work-life balance, allows you to work from home so is very flexible

    Cons

    limited career development and low pay in general for students

  3.  

    Okay but

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits and flexible time off training and educational opportunities, lots of promotional opportunities

    Cons

    Behind in the rest of the world in technology- constant changing of priorities-too many middle managers-too political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    For student workers: a decent way to get beer money

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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 an year)

    Pros

    The work usually isn't hard, the compensation is generally pretty good, there are lots of jobs available, generally, and the managers generally understand that you're a student first, and an employee second.

    Cons

    Usually isn't always - sometimes students are relied on too much to staff critical roles in organizations, and that's not quite appropriate sometimes (like, say, finals week). There tends to be a frustratingly high ratio of bureaucracy to actual people who do things, which is a problem throughout the University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is too much administration at the U, and it needs to be streamlined without reducing effectiveness of the U community. Institute more ways for people who bring great value to the U to be recognized and well rewarded for it - it's a win-win for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    U of M is a good choice for people looking for steady job without higher pay.

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    Current Employee - Junior Applications Developer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Junior Applications Developer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Many resources are available to school employees. The school is near the downtown with convenient traffic. If you are interested in research area, there are plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

    Unless you are working with research related area, daily job is kind of boring. Have to communicate with students who are not actually professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a school so the management is not profit-based. Still, it would be better to have more flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly & Respectful, perhaps too many meetings

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Supportive supervisor, very good to contractors. Friendly co-workers. Good work-life balance as people could take time off. (U of M Foundation). Tons of resources and pace not rushed for work.

    Cons

    Probably too many meetings. Seemed burdened by massive complexities. Onboarding was confusing at times but coworkers helped a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to pare down meetings. Don't get ripped off by vendors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    AEM Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Great environment. Controls professors are very helpful.

    Cons

    Small department and sometimes limited research opportunities with funding.

  9.  

    Brilliant

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    Current Employee - Event Staff in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Event Staff in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Loved working there. The staff was great. The supervisors were also great.

    Cons

    The days were some times longer than I would have liked them to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Housing Assistant

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Leaders really focus on development with employers and cares about their growth. There are meetings and inservices throughout the school year that help with development.

    Cons

    Shift coverage is difficult at times. Depending on the hall, residents can be very loud, but CAs are very helpful with everything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    University of MN is a top ranked research and teaching institution in a major urban setting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Faculty research to improve lives and make a difference in communities; good opportunity for professional development and personal growth, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    University is a big place, not as many promotions available, many people stay in their jobs for long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff and provide training for new opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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