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University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
472 Reviews
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472 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 19 reviews)

  • Employees have access to great benefits and are generally well compensated (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Not as much opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Friendly and non competitive environment to work as a Research Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    Salary 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 ManagementAdvice

    More award recognition for employees that are not faculty or tenure track

  2.  

    Great people and flexible hours

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    Current Employee - Exam Proctor  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Exam Proctor in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can pretty much work your schedule around your classes and you can study while at work. Pays great for a student job and for the amount of work you have to do.

    Cons

    There isn't any room for advancement and you will not get any raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Management was fantastic and very professional.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Higher Education is not a utopia

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, intelligent coworkers, activities on campus

    Cons

    No HR oversight for bad work environments, bullying in the workplace is overlooked, little opportunity for career or salary advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get managers better training, and offer academic staff better work-life balance opportunities. P & A staff are treated like entry-level hourly workers in many departments, which is demotivating. The lack of follow-through on poor staff performance (e.g. bitter lifer bureaucrats) and the lack of opportunities for advancement and managerial/supervisory experience erode incentives to perform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Poor career opportunities

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great people in the department, decent benefits

    Cons

    very little/now connection with pharma industry, low salaries as post-doc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Student jobs are jokes

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    Former Employee - Student Laborer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Student Laborer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    easy to get time off, summer hours 7-330 which is pretty decent

    Cons

    pay is minimal for a whole lot of work doing Landcare

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    No really, the benefits were the only reason I stayed. I guess there are some positives when it comes to advising, but it's really hit or miss and a little too hit or miss for my liking.

    Cons

    classic minnesota passive aggressiveness. The union busting efforts were a real downer and really took the wind out of everyone's sails, I feel. International students are often put in a position where they suffer from a two-tiered system of graduate appointments because of work visa issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Better go back to school.

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You can get a lot of research experience, which is great if you want to do research for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    The pay rates are terrible for Jr. Scientists and the cost of living raises at year end are almost nothing. If you have to pay for parking, it's a considerable amount to be taken out of your paycheck each month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great research experience!

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The research job I am working in has a lot of room for job growth/ expansion. There are many opportunities for new experiences and responsibilities. And the people are great to work with!

    Cons

    In the lab, a large requirement of time is dedicated to working on weeknights and weekends. The compensation doesn't really amount to total hours worked or time put in, in comparison.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very flexible, fun environment

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    Former Employee - University of Minnesota, Office of Admissions  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - University of Minnesota, Office of Admissions in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Encouragement to transfer to different roles, great leadership, opportunity for advancement, quality training

    Cons

    Pay was mediocre, little opportunity for pay raises or negotiation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Pros

    Great people to work with, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Inconsistent work hours and no room for growth.

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