University of Missouri Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
218 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible schedule , great working environment and people (in 16 reviews)

  • Hours are flexible, working with students is very rewarding (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • At times communication with upper management can be difficult due to frequency of travel (in 4 reviews)

  • I don't think this is a con, but you'd have to enjoy living in a small college town to work here (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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    grow up and stop trying to control everyone who works there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    horrible place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Missouri

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Staff employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    OK

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    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people a the town

    Cons

    low pay and a small town

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The University of Missouri views its graduate students as grant and patent generating workers rather than as students.

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

    I worked at University of Missouri full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They do provide decent classroom instruction as well as adequate research facilities. A few of the tenured professors are genuinely concerned with student learning.

    Cons

    The organization cares very much about the revenue that a student can help bring in by working on grant-funded research. However, very little effort is made to ensure that students graduate on time or that they have decent career prospects. As a result, I know many students who finished with a PhD who can not find jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more heavily in career development for your graduate students. Using graduate students as underpaid techs is a short-sighted strategy that will harm the image and reputation of the institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too Many Managers

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    Former Employee - Office Support Staff III
    Former Employee - Office Support Staff III

    I worked at University of Missouri

    Pros

    Comparable pay.
    They leave you alone most of the time, which can be good or bad, depending on whether you know what you're doing or not...

    Cons

    There are way too many people involved in every decision, and as office support you're never sure if a decision has been approved by the right people. There is next to no explanation about appropriate channels, and you will quite frequently end up getting angry phone calls or emails from people you didn't even know existed.
    Next to no job training other than how to work the software! No explanations about how to actually do the things you are asked to do!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to figure out who is in charge of what, and make it clear to your staff who it is they actually need to approve the changes you ask them to make. It's very unfair to present a change to your staff member to make, and then have them get in trouble because you didn't clear it with the appropriate manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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