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University of Minnesota Reviews in Saint Paul, MN

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
479 Reviews
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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 28 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.  

    Best place for work/life balance!

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

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

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Academic environment

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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 full-time for more than 5 years

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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

    I have been working at University of Minnesota as an intern for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tons of Oppurtunities

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time for 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

  6.  

    Great opportunities for graduate students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Instructor  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Graduate Instructor in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for teaching and learning. Great opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration. Strong community and industry engagement. Great urban location for art and culture.

    Cons

    Balancing a family with teaching and full time coursework can be challenging. It was tough finishing in 3 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great research environment at UMN

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    - Links to industry
    - Resources, facilities and expertise

    Cons

    - Unnattentive PIs running large labs without assistants or lab managers
    - Disconnect between the Minneapolis and St Paul campuses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant II  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant II in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Worked with student schedule. Faculty had my best interest in mind.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to balance. Often difficult, mentally challenging work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I've been working in my current job at the U of M for a year now.

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Scheduling is usually really flexible for undergraduate positions. You usually have a good amount of freedom and independence with work. I've had really friendly co-workers in my experience.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the best, but academia is notorious for that anyway, and compensation can vary from department to department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to do more to allow progression and development for undergraduate positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I have been a student researcher for 2 years."

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

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

    Pros

    The advisers of the research are flexible with the student's schedules, there is a lot of room for growth and skills building.

    Cons

    At first the work can be boring because the professors will give you easy work until they figure out if you are reliable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great University to work and study at.

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great campus and staff. Everybody is very nice and eager to help and collaborate. The twin cities area is a great place to live and learn.

    Cons

    None that comes into my mind. I can't think of any. None that comes into my mind. I can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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