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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
494 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 22 reviews)

  • Employees have access to great benefits and are generally well compensated (in 29 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.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    I work for U of M Tickets and Events, and people here are really friendly and experienced.

    Cons

    Salary is not that high

  2.  

    Student Landscape Worker

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Work outside, got lots of exercise to keep off the college lbs. decent pay and flexible to class schedule. understood class came first. Can learn some decent machine/horticulture skills/building skills if you are in the right unit.

    Cons

    Winters can be tough. Snow emergency call-in very early on very rare occasions. Can't be afraid of a little hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money never hurts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good access w/ weak leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Innovation Fellow in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Innovation Fellow in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Hospital and Research access
    Invited speakers with great industry experience

    Cons

    Low salary for education
    Multiple leadership changes
    "My way or the highway" attitudes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some experienced leaders w/ people skills
    Know when to "cut bait" w/ bad choices/leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Technology Supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Technology Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, excellent benefits, and opportunities for growth if your willing to leave your current department.

    Cons

    Some departments offer less salary then the going rate for information technology positions. IT was put into silo's for each area in the main IT community and that makes it difficult to accomplish projects unless you have every player at the table and that is usually very difficult to accomplish. Help desk calls get passed from one person to another to another rather then getting solved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calling the help desk should resolve the ticket in just a short period especially when its a simple task.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Climate is good and other staff are excellent

    Cons

    Snow and snow, the pay band is very low as compared to other university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More higher pay bands are required

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great academic and social cultures.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Lots of class choices, on and off campus activities too.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind right away.

  8.  

    Good to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Professional work place, good place to built leadership skill

    Cons

    The part-time salary is low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Grow in a Richly Supported Academic Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    Leading faculty and staff.
    Opportunities in multiple offices and disciplines.
    Tuition reimbursement.
    Development opportunities.
    Academic environment focused on ideas and diversity.
    Good work-life balance.
    Multiple stakeholders included in strategic planning.

    Cons

    Comprehensive benefits package, but lower salaries.
    Reinvestment in infrastructure is high, but dated facilities exist in some units more than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue including multiple stakeholders in strategic planning.
    Consider revising salary structure to attract even more leading faculty and staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I've been employed at the "U" for 10 years now, and I love it.

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the population I work with is smart, engaged, and eager to make a difference

    Cons

    entry-level salaries are abysmally low (in my professional field/discipline) and we are sorely understaffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the ratio of professional staff : student is not adequate in the College of Liberal Arts.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    With tuition covered, healthcare covered (the best healthcare ever!), and being well paid on top of it all, the U pays its GRA's incredibly well.

    Cons

    It can definitely be hard balancing a 20-hour-per-week job with grad school, but to come out of school with no debt is priceless, so I highly recommend taking one of these positions if you can get your hands on one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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