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  1.  

    O.k. place to work, but they waste a lot of taxpayer dollars, lots of big egos. Makes getting work done difficult.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Lead Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Lead Business Analyst

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy, lots of free time.

    Cons

    Big egos, lots of posturing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Pharmacology department scientist and lab manager dealt with GIRK channels, drug addiction and rodents.

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    Former Employee - Junior Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Junior Scientist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great for independence and flexibility in both research and time management.
    Could learn anything you wanted in terms of what went on in the lab.

    Cons

    Salary was too low for the work being done. $30,000. But this is normal in academia I am learning.
    Often worked 7 days a week because animals were involved and cell culture etc.
    This is fine if you don't have a family but when a family is involved its too much especially for the salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your scientists more. Other than that, excellent work place, and great to gain experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Very nice research institute, good place to study, work and live

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    People are nice, environment is good

    Cons

    Weather too cold during winter....

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  5.  

    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

    Pros

    This is a relatively easy job for the amount of tuition waiver + bi-weekly compensation you get.

    Cons

    You have to be prepared for intense grading especially at the time when you yourself have exams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think this job is quite perfect at the UMN

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working for 10 years.

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Research environment is very nice.

    Cons

    Distance to big cities is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Relaxed and easy

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    The pay is pretty fair as a TA, but that only is for my department. They don't force you to work more than what your are assigned to work.

    Cons

    The weather is very unforgiving and can be brutal in the winter. The building is somewhat dated, but I think that they are renovating it soon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Communications and Marketing position

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Interesting projects
    Meaningful work

    I felt like it was a little cliquey at first, but I think the people are really friendly and it's more about taking time to get to know everyone.

    Cons

    Huge organization
    Lots of administration rules
    Not the most innovative work environment (in administration practices - although you are surrounded by very innovative people, professors, students, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people that are making real strides and contributions.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Positive environment with many great minds and great science

    Cons

    Admin is large. Facilities are a bit dated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean more! Take a pay cut!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    One of the best universities

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

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

    Pros

    Great students, great co-workers, great facilities.

    Cons

    Leadership - Those in leadership positions are experts in their academic fields, not at leading people. Perhaps provide more training for them in managing and leadership skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depending on department ... more work / life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent organization

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    In my experience, University of Minnesota is a great organization to work for. They offer an exciting work environment, excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is better in some departments more than others. However, I suppose that's true of most organizations. University of Minnesota is your typical large university environment, which has it's positives and negatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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