University of Montana Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. A close-knit work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are part of team. Positive feedback is common. The benefits can't be beat.

    Cons

    There is little room to advance


  2. Helpful (1)

    Low pay, zero ability for advancement, but hey, nice scenery.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Staff - Library Systems in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Technical Staff - Library Systems in Missoula, MT

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits which you'll receive even while only employed at 50% time. Tuition waiver for staff/faculty. Flexible hours are often available depending on your position. Missoula isn't a large city/town, so commute times are short. If you're not braindead you can work at 15% efficiency and still out-perform most of your coworkers. Most staff positions are unionized so you can't get fired.

    Cons

    They tell you there's a career ladder but neglect to tell you there are no rungs on the ladder. Administration tearfully says a horrible economy means no raises for staff or faculty and vacated positions won't be filled, yet somehow keeps hiring new provosts and administrators with fancy titles to help them reach the "lofty" goals of the Strategic Plan. Nevermind the fact that the four year graduation rate is still 40% and certainly won't be helped by having grad students teach classes instead of adjunct and tenured faculty. Wages across the board for staff, adjunct, and tenured faculty are abysmal. Probably not a good sign when a department head has to teach summer school classes to pay their mortgage. If you're not braindead you'll get to pick up the slack in your department while the people who have worked there 20+ years under-perform and get paid twice as much as you do. Most staff positions are unionized so they can't get fired. And the student janitors will steal your food from the fridge.

    Advice to Management

    Management might want to consider actually focusing on how best to educate the students instead of crafting new logos or offering discounts to the football game.


  3. Wonderful place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Custodian in Missoula, MT
    Former Employee - Student Custodian in Missoula, MT

    I worked at University of Montana part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    For my student custodial job, my supervisor made coming to work enjoyable, there was opportunity to pick up extra hours regularly and my coworkers were great!

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours. You are looking at few hours a week though. 3.5 hours a way and 5 days a week is what I worked. Monday- Thursday was 8:00pm to 11:30pm and Friday was 4:30-8pm. This did constrain the classes I could take a little bit, as working a later shift will screw with your sleeping schedule.

    Advice to Management

    An increase in pay for the student workers who live off campus would be beneficial. Missoula is an expensive town and pulling in $400 a month makes getting by really tough. More hours or an increase in pay would be great.


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  5. A wonderful work environment full of wonderful people.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Missoula, MT
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Missoula, MT

    I worked at University of Montana full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Incredible autonomy is given when interacting with and helping the student customers of this business. These interactions are the most rewarding and educational experiences at this business.

    Cons

    With autonomy comes responsibility, and oversight is sometimes lacking. Employees are trained in policies related to their work, but they must ensure that they are followed.


  6. One of the greatest experiences of my life.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Missoula, MT
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Missoula, MT

    I worked at University of Montana full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The open minded and creative nature of the people and department I worked in where great! I miss it since I left, and would love a chance to return.

    Cons

    Job stability was always a problem, and changing budgets, and direction seemed to always keep you at the edge of your seat, to see if you would have a job the next semester.


  7. Unfriendly town, fine place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at University of Montana full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I can mostly only speak to my department, but I was treated by my boss with respect and given a lot of autonomy. It's a beautiful campus and the city is walkable and bikeable, making getting to work easy.

    Cons

    My department was understaffed, being a research position that relies on grants, and so I was definitely overworked and underpaid. Also, as someone moving to Missoula around the age of 30, I felt that I was too young to be seen as a peer by staff/faculty, and too old to be seen as a peer by students. The general vibe of the town was very unfriendly to me.


  8. Inexpensive, quality education

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Alumni Caller in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Alumni Caller in Missoula, MT

    I have been working at University of Montana part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good teachers, great environment, awesome city

    Cons

    Budgets are slim and you see corners being cut in some areas

    Advice to Management

    Pretty happy overall


  9. A great place to work in but very little job security makes it hard to stay on the job especially if you are an adjunct.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Missoula, MT
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Missoula, MT

    I worked at University of Montana part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    First off, you will be working in a great campus. It is one of the most beautiful campuses across the country. You will enjoy your work environment. There are lots of friendly and helpful people in each department.

    Cons

    There is unfortunately very little commitment towards adjunct faculty. The administration could decide to let you go any second with budget cuts that do not seem to end.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more effectively with the adjunct faculty. Recognize their potential and realize that they are teaching with the same standards and sometimes provide much higher quality instruction than your tenure track professors.


  10. Awesome college job in the business building.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Tech in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Help Desk Tech in Missoula, MT

    I have been working at University of Montana part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Easy-going coworkers and management With very flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Getting yelled at by random professors sucks but it only happens rarely.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing.


  11. Grad Student Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Missoula, MT

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, friendly people, excellent opportunites.

    Cons

    Expensive living, expensive parking, but other than that great.



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