University of Missouri Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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University of Missouri President Timothy M. Wolfe
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Pros
  • flexible schedule , great working environment and people (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits and decent amount of time off (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management doesn't develop staff well, and there's limited room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Many employees are burnt out and have little to no incentive to improve or move on (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Arrogance, harassment, nastiness, lying, attempting to steal $$$ from students in a bad economy!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    the students are kind and helping them is satisfying

    Cons

    No resources, cheap & tyrannical administration, do it yourself atmosphere that borders on crazy (like "paint your own office so we don't have to get union labor involved")

    Advice to Management

    grow up and stop trying to control everyone who works there


  2. The University treats graduate students like cheap labor rather than trainees

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at University of Missouri full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Columbia Missouri is a very nice, affordable place to live. The University does have an excellent selection of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    I have seen many graduate students exploited by their "mentors" as cheap technical labor. These mentors often make no effort to move the student toward gradation, and instead slow the student down as to keep them in the lab for a couple of extra years.

    Advice to Management

    Institute policies to ensure that all graduate students are steadily progressing toward a degree.


  3. horrible place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Missouri

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you show up everyday and on time they are lenient with you when you want to take time off.

    Cons

    This place is horrible for people who actually do their jobs. There is no leadership whatsoever. The students run the show at this place.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest taking a management training course or a communications course so that you are better able to deal with employees and customers.


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    Poor Leadership On All Fronts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at University of Missouri

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are many fine professional individuals working on behalf of the university. Poorly acknowledged on a campus where faculty and leadership offer no support or respect for the efforts of non-academic professionals, many dedicated fundraisers and administrative leaders continue to work on behalf of local students striving to achieve the dream of higher education.

    Cons

    Although the need for a strong commuter campus is clear to those living within the metropolitan area, the faculty arrogance and the leadership from Chancellor to Chairs is sadly lost in ego. Dollars are appropriated for vanity faculty projects for leader's spouses and/or favored few faculty and the fundraising leadership follows along this unethical path without comment. Ultimately one is asked to obtain philanthropic dollars from the community at an unrealistic rate, to be spent in an unethical manner.

    Advice to Management

    Come down from the ivory tower and treat you capus professionals with respect. Include these individuals in your planning and actually listen to their comments.


  6. Business Support Specialist II

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri

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

    Pros

    Mostly nice people to work with. Working in administrative departments MUCH better than working in academic departments.

    Cons

    Some academics have a view of staff that is not at all like in the real business world. Some professors see staff as merely expendable minions and do not show respect for staff's talents and time.

    Advice to Management

    1. Set up some type of mentoring program for mid level admin staff. 2. Before putting professors in charge of departments give those professors some type of supervisor training and an overview of how admin staff works across campus. Putting someone in charge of staff without any training leads to great dissatisfaction for everyone.


  7. I have been treated disrespectfully by a boss who plays favorites and penalizes those who she simply does not like.

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    Current Employee - Clinic Nurse in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Clinic Nurse in Columbia, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    weekends and holidays off and average amount of vacation time earned.
    perks such as discounts on tickets to local sports events, theme parks

    Cons

    no education opportunities despite the fact that it is a "teaching hospital".
    company values the almighty dollar more than patient care.

    Advice to Management

    Change your priorities. It does not matter how it looks --- what matters is how it is. Poor patient care is poor patient care regardless of what image we have given the public.


  8. wouldn't recommend it to anyone ...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some truly awesome people who work here. Sadly, none of them are in any position where they could make positive change at this institution. Easy commute if you live in Columbia. Low crime community.

    Cons

    Pay is far below national median
    No opportunities for career development
    To get a raise, you have to change departments
    My supervisor told me when i started, "The University does not care about you. It will chew you up and spit you out and then find a new cog to hire." I should have listened; he was right.

    Advice to Management

    The institution appears to be in the process of gutting its core services as it undertakes five years of budget reallocation to allegedly hire new faculty. Staff have already been laid off, even those who provide services to faculty. More cuts are to come. Why would anyone - faculty or staff - want to come and work in that kind of an environment?

    Senior management needs to be more actively involved in the campus, rather than just issuing edicts from afar. Rather than just announcing decisions, maybe ask the people in the trenches what they recommend. They know better than you what actually should be done.


  9. Decent first job, just don't stay too long

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    Current Employee - Web Designer in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Web Designer in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at University of Missouri full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Not very stressful, decent benefits, fun environment, varying project types, ability to take control of larger projects to build portfolio.

    Cons

    Pay isn't anywhere near industry standards, slow-paced environment that leads to boredom at best, and decline in skills at worst. You won't often be challenged, and when you are it's usually when trying to do something new. The university doesn't move as slow as government work, but they're not anywhere near as fast as private industry. You will get rusty and become irrelevant in your industry if you stay too long.

    Advice to Management

    Pay should be competitive and based more on performance to inspire people to work more efficiently. There are so many people who have been working here for a decade or two who literally sit in their office all day and don't do a single thing. It's quite astonishing. Barriers should be removed when it comes to embracing new technologies.


  10. Staff employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Stable and uneventful workloads, benefits are average, pension plan partly funded by university

    Cons

    Not much room for growth, promotion or job ownership

    Advice to Management

    There is not much to be done due to current state economies and outlook


  11. OK

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Res Specialist in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Res Specialist in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at University of Missouri full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people a the town

    Cons

    low pay and a small town



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