University of New Mexico Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Pros
  • tuition remission if you're faculty or staff (in 7 reviews)

  • benefits are good and so is vacation time (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, dependent on grant money (in 6 reviews)

  • Lack of knowledge in upper management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Teaching assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of New Mexico

    Pros

    The interview is very friendly, people are helpful.

    Cons

    It is not competitive, people are very isolated.

  2. Not a bad gig for an engineering grad student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Contractor - Graduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at University of New Mexico as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pay isn't fantastic, but it's decent for a GRA in the engineering dept (based on word of mouth from TA/GRAs in other departments). Tuition coverage and health insurance make it even more worthwhile - plus, you get paid to go to school and do research!

    Cons

    It's pretty meager if you don't supplement with a summer internship or something similar. No way to really negotiate the rate either; it's set via the department.

  3. Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at University of New Mexico (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offer competitive stipend for PhD candidates with supportive faculty for growth.

    Cons

    Main work is off campus so it may be difficult to keep up with the latest campus ongoings and news. This may be a unique situation and not general.

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  5. Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues. Nice campus. Diversity of students.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side, especially in the Humanities. Some politics that are unnecessary.

  6. great job for student employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pod Supervisor in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Pod Supervisor in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at University of New Mexico

    Pros

    UNM IT Classroom Technologies had a great team, and management was respectful and easy to work with. If you worked hard you would be appreciated. If you took initiative your ideas would be listened to and possibly promoted.

    Cons

    low expectations for employees, if you didn't self-motivate you could easily get away with a poor work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    walk around the pods more to check up on employees and keep them accountable. Set better dress codes. Yesterday I walked into a pod and the employee was wearing pajama pants.

  7. Work-School Balance

    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    You can study in down time and your bosses will usually encourage this. It is a lovely campus to work on.

    Cons

    You don't have a full separation between school and work sometimes if you are a student worker. Some of the directions can be vague in training.

  8. UNM offers great opportunities for building a career, retirement, and educational credentials all at the same time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

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

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

    Pros

    UNM has great benefits which include winter break, paid leave, employee tuition remission, and dependent education. Because it is a large institution, there are plenty of opportunities to build skills and develop your career in a variety of roles. There are so many opportunities if one chooses to see them and pursue them. It's also a beautiful campus with many spots to sit and enjoy.

    Cons

    It can be hard to get "in", to get a job at UNM, but once you're in you can get to know people and move into other positions. Knowing people is often key to getting positions. And, you can hit a pay grade level that seems impossible to break through. Some departments are not supportive of staff taking classes, which seems odd for an institution of higher education. Many people complain about the pay being too low, but that's why you need to plan to move to other positions - so you can also build your salary. Also, if you want to get rich, don't work in education! It can also be a frustrating place to work but, again, manage your expectations because it is a bureaucracy, after all.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership often seems to work at cross purposes even within the same department which can undermine effort and employee morale. Build more unity and cohesion while maintaining academic freedom.

  9. Helpful (1)

    enriching

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of New Mexico

    Pros

    Good environment to learn and network

    Cons

    Low pay, inadequate benefits, odd hours

  10. Very good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of New Mexico

    Pros

    Career growth opportunities at the University

    Cons

    Decisions are slow at the University

  11. Helpful (1)

    Working at UNM is awesome!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Albuquerque, NM

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

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

    Pros

    Work-School Balance
    Complete Schedule Flexibility
    Proximity to School
    Grants Good Experience to Current Students

    Cons

    Lack of Advancement Potential
    Moderate Pay
    No Benefits

    Advice to Management

    Encourage current UNM students to become involved in leadership opportunities and advance at the university.
    Continue to branch out to local businesses and create connections for students to acquire mentors and internships from.

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