University of Nebraska Reviews in Nebraska

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
80 Reviews

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Pros
  • The people are great and they work very hard to keep the laid back culture that helps people thrive here (in 5 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, looks good on a resume, great co-workers and direct supervisors (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Little opportunity for advancement, (in 3 reviews)

  • But it's unusual because you gain great academic experience while getting paid (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst employment experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at University of Nebraska full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There were nice people there but academia makes it pretty impossible to move laterally so it did me no good.

    Cons

    Tenured faculty are like mini gods. When you have a bad one, they are vengeful and evil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be useful if the university found ways to prevent tenured faculty from destroying the careers of their underlings. When someone has the reputation of the faculty I worked for, they should not be allowed to hire underlings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Nice folks, dead end job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lincoln, NE

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

    Pros

    Lack of pressure meant you could focus more on personal goals

    Cons

    Others abused the freedom the position offered which led to frustration and poor morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kearney, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kearney, NE

    I worked at University of Nebraska

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with were really great and I really enjoyed the environment.

    Cons

    Management was/is pretty unbearable. Pay is low and benefits are average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a platform for employees to offer feedback without fear of retribution. Also, some anger management courses may help curb the temper tantrums.

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  5.  

    Great place to build your resume / get experience, but don't expect a competitive salary.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at University of Nebraska

    Pros

    Decent benefits package and generous amount of time off/sick leave is provided. Very flexible working hours and telecommuting is an option for some jobs.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to industry. Central IT is in desperate need of reorganization. The amount of time it takes to fire nonproductive and troublesome employees causes senior management to ignore problems rather than take the time to deal with them. In some cases, troublesome employees get *promoted* (with an increase in title and pay) out of a department as a way of dealing with the problems they cause.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, this is a public institution, but being paid less than comparable state jobs is an insult. If it isn't possible to pay wages comparable to industry, the least senior management could do is to pay wages comparable to our state government colleagues.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for underachievers.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at University of Nebraska

    Pros

    Plenty of vacation, and sick leave. Low pressure, low stress and casual workplace.
    Plenty of time in the work day to socialize, and catchup on office gossip.

    Cons

    Low pay, Unmotivated people. Huh, is that a cause and effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the balls to fire some of those useless people.
    Everyone seems to get the usual 3% yearly raise, and the difference between a satisfactory performance review and an outstanding one is 0.5%. That's not really an incentive to work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    This company is regularly abusive, petty, and entrenched in mediocrity.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Lincoln, NE

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

    Pros

    They offer more money to graduate students than a lot of universities.

    Cons

    The location is not great for those going into the arts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grade inflation requirements for graduate students to get a B- are not helpful. Abusive practices in the areas of assignment scheduling and grading are common. Top talent is attracted by the money but leaves quickly when confronted by the current staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Research

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    Current Employee - Histology Technician  in  Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Histology Technician in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at University of Nebraska full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    Not enough to keep busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication, challenges

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    University of Nebraska system

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    it is a normal state univerisity as normal as most other state univiersities in Mid-west area.

    Cons

    It is located in mid-west which is considered as a big country yard. No doubt, it is realy a contryside land.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at University of Nebraska

    Pros

    good office, nice colleagues, and nice staff

    Cons

    winter big snow, too little activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give international students more guides to adapt to the life here, give them more chances to know about united states.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very relaxed environment but severely low salaries.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at University of Nebraska

    Pros

    Typically the environment is extremely laid back and relaxed, relaxed deadlines, relaxed management. Nothing "mission critical" to get done in most cases. Nice incentive to go back and further education with the employee scholarship program.

    Cons

    As of late in my own experience is that the environment in our college is changing, wanting more activators moving things forward, more fast paced work environment, getting things done, strict deadlines, asking to put in overtime, etc. The problem being we are not being compensated for our extra work, and are severely underpaid judging by regional averages the way it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't grandfather your employees in at low salaries with minimal expectations for raises (3% annually if we are lucky). Your good employees know they are worth more and will find other jobs elsewhere, and you will be stuck with the slackers and non-achievers, who instead of getting canned seem to get promoted to the head of their own department.

    No opinion of CEO

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