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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
534 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 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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  1.  

    Driven scientific research happening daily

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    If you are in the right department and with the right PI, you have a lot of freedom to grow your skills, etc for your next position. The benefits are good (healthcare), hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, some academic apathy, difficult to advance. If you are in the wrong department/group leadership and training options may be limited. Pay is low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    4 Years of student laborer

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can work on homework approximately 50% of working time.

    Cons

    Generally work in between classes and do not have much time in between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule at least 20 minutes between work shift and class start/end.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment, interesting work environment

    Cons

    Paying for parking is ridiculous.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good opportunities for undergrads

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are always a variety of positions to choose from. They pay undergraduate workers very well compared to a lot of private institutions. Coworkers will take you seriously even though you're a student. Your overall success is what is most important, so they're very flexible when it comes to balancing academics and work.

    Cons

    Positions can be competitive. Communication can be spotty between higher-ups and supervisors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Part time office staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Staff in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Warm environment focused on student growth and development

    Cons

    -Cold weather
    -Not a lot of room for upward movement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unorganized, lack of structure, not enough coordination between research centers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Good benefits
    Nice transitional job between grad school and the real world

    Cons

    Non-negotiable salary
    Dated research topics
    Research is politically driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although the majority of the funding comes from the director's political alliances, what the Center produces is protected under the guise of academia. Because of this, the research topics should be more innovative. I would love to work in an environment where we push the envelop of what is environmentally and socially viable/responsible. Too often, our research is driven by who is funding us, but as the University, we should be more independent. Also, the professionals that are brought in to consult on projects need to be more relevant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good benefits at the University of Minnesota

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Lead in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, hard to find anything as good at other companies.

    Cons

    Lots of last century thinking in terms of technology, and politics!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require people to adapt and change. Stick with decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    People are nice, but not much room to grow

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    Former Employee - Temporary Position
    Former Employee - Temporary Position

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are nice, hours are flexible and willing to work with you.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow, or new opportunity/responsibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall great employer, easy to work with, decent pay, reasonable expectations.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Crookston, MN
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Crookston, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the small class size when teaching at the University of Minnesota Crookston. It made it easy to bond with the students. They put a high priority on employee satisfaction. The pay is fair and the benefits and time off are also good. There are many opportunities for professional growth, and financial support for employees to seek it.

    Cons

    My direct supervisor was not assertive enough to keep the department under control. There was a lot of high-school type behavior among some of the instructors which affected relationships throughout the department. Many times I felt as though some appropriately placed disciplinary actions would solve several issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best thing that department heads at the University of Minnesota Crookston can do is to be very black and white with boundaries, and maintain professionalism within the departments through any means necessary. Eliminate people trying to "do other people's jobs" rather than their own. There is a serious lack of control in some specific departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Good place to work, good city to live in

    Cons

    Too long winter, so much snow over the year

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