University of Minnesota Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance as people could take time off (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits - especially the Regents Scholarship (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, little room for growth up the ladder (in 11 reviews)

  • Salary is on the low-end and there are not a lot of opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Usability Lab Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Usability Lab Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Usability Lab Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Provides a lot of learning opportunities for students trying to get valuable real-world experience, especially if it's within your field.

    Cons

    Some of the jobs can be monotonous. However, being a student worker doesn't provide a whole lot of dynamic activity.

    Advice to Management

    Try to provide tasks that students can get the most out of more often. Busy work is busy work, but too much of it can be a nuisance.


  2. Instructional Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Training Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Contractor - Training Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Organization you can believe in.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic decision-making leads to stagnation.


  3. Graduate Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -There is Support, Necessary resources and utilities are provided to help advance research, requires lots of knowledge based researches and self development

    Cons

    -Funding and Sponsorship for projects and research are difficult; -No directions for New researchers


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  5. I worked in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Lab and everyone was very nice and seemed motivated.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Intern - Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large size, financial benefits, good customer service

    Cons

    Location (cold), large campus, tough to get promoted


  6. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to your staff and provide training for new opportunities.


  7. Short Take On University Student Jobs

    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The University does very well in teaching its students and junior employees how to think critically, and prepare them for careers in the future.

    Cons

    Working for the University can be a roller-coaster, sometimes you end up working for great people and other times it is very difficult to find common ground. This is in part because of its diverse culture and constantly changing graduates that hire student workers.


  8. Best place for work/life balance!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Contractor - Research Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Univeristy of Minnesota creates a collegial environment with phenomenal expertise (everyone really knows their subject area!) and modern resources In addition, fantastic employee benefits (especially medical and retirement).

    Cons

    COLD, COLD, COLD, and FREEZING! Other than that no complaints (especially during the beautiful summer)


  9. Good Academic environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    full health insurance benefit, academic environment enables me to develop research and communication skills required for seeking an industry job

    Cons

    self-disciphlined, research-oriented, may not be adequately prepared for industry after graduation


  10. I have had a excellent working experience at the career services center

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    Current Intern - Graduate Intern in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Intern - Graduate Intern in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff are extremely talented, skilled and professional. They are passionate about career development work and help students move forward in their career path. They are a dynamic team of individuals who are committed to helping each other develop professionally and committed to high quality work. They have a strong commitment to ongoing development of cultural competency and advocacy through professional training and engagement with students. The Director provides wonderful leadership and a there is a good work life balance in the office. Lots of opportunity to be creative in your work and to grow professionally.

    Cons

    As an intern I would have like to have stayed on permanently however these are such good jobs in such a good environment it is rare that anyone ever leaves their position. So job openings are rare.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support and build your career development staff. Allocate as much money as you can to add new staff to covering the ever growing and expanding demand for career services


  11. Tons of Oppurtunities

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Easy to get offer, professors are kind and patient, tons of opportunities to get research assistantship.

    Cons

    Minnesota is too cold, winter is too long, bad for field research



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