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University of St. Thomas · Minnesota Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
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  1.  

    Open-minded environment, small class sizes

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Instructor in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Class sizes are small, and so you can build relationships with students.
    Generous compensation. The management is interested in how employees are doing.

    Cons

    Not much connection with co-workers. Need more projects where adjuncts and faculty work together (considering that adjuncts do a lot of the teaching work)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    They're trying to get it right

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Your co-workers and students make it a wonderful place to work. In the last 5 years the student demographics have changed and continue to change for the better. The student body is more diverse with regard to race, sex-orientation, creed, color and socio-economic background. There are many "perks" of being a St. Thomas employee, however there are many, many more when you are a person in leadership or management. Which feels unfair, however it could be a lot worse compared to other organizations. There is also a respect and prestige which comes of working for the University of St. Thomas. I feel strongly at this time there are many changes to take place that will bring this institution up-to-date.

    Cons

    There are many "perks" of being a St. Thomas employee, however there are many, many more when you are a person in leadership or management. This creates an environment of privilege for the leaders and the managers, however it creates division and mistrust among staff, especially with the hourly employees. While the money to be made would be considered great by some, a comparison of rates-of-pay among staff within St. Thomas of those with jobs with comparable requirements, show very little equality and makes very little sense. You can have an with Administrative Assistant making $28.00 per hour and a program manager making $19.00 an hour with a bachelor's and a master's degree. That makes no sense. Women are also paid less than men and people of color are paid less than people that are white.

    While St. Thomas is changing, and change takes time (respectfully and rightfully so) most of that change has come in the last two to three years. St. Thomas, while having a prestigious reputation externally (in the public eye), internally St. Thomas is very old world. This institution used to be an all male, all white college and many if not most of those students, professors and administrators were well-off. They came from a background of privilege and had little to no interaction with people from diverse backgrounds. Now, due to this old-fashioned mindset, St. Thomas has difficulty in its ability to compete with schools that offer alternate methods of course delivery, that provide more opportunities for intercultural interaction among peers and teachers and diversity in learning. Then to top it off, its extremely expensive to not offer more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be more equitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campuses, outstanding work life balance, four weeks vacation to start for full time salaried employees, a lot of opportunities for community servicek

    Cons

    Ok pay, that's about it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    This is a university that puts on a fabricated facade.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota

    Pros

    Nice new buildings, especially the Anderson student center

    Cons

    The full time employees are stressed to death. Upper management does'nt want to replace employees. Instead they depend low paid student workers. The priority of the students isn't to learn to cook or serve food,or to clean and scour the building. When an event comes up or a paper is due the priority of these "workers " is not to the person who hired them. But to their studies, this creates a huge problem for Ust staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees. Realize that with a new bigger building, you are going to needier professionally trained employees. And the jobs are not getting done well by using your student body to make up the difference

  6.  

    Can be a good opportunity if thought of tactically

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Come work at UST if and only if either you, your spouse, or your children can take advantage of the education benefit. The education benefit applies to undergraduate and graduate studies.

    Cons

    Poor salary, poor incentive to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall not bad, but could be better

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A good thing is that it is easy to find on-campus employment, especially in dining services.

    Cons

    sometimes the managers are a bit weird though. strict policies regarding taking home food and texting. Not friendly to religion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making a more professional environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting yet flexible

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good job as a student. There was opportunity to help on projects and some variety in your tasks. Also, if there wasn't any work, supervisors were fine with me doing my own homework, reading, etc. Being able to go on vacation was flexible since it wasn't PTO. Good experience for those wanting an accounting or auditing career

    Cons

    Days in the summer can get long and boring since not much work going on.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Positive work experience as a student employee while attaining my degree

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    Current Employee - Marketing and Communications Coordinator in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing and Communications Coordinator in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at the university exposed me to a medium sized business with a lot of cross-departmental opportunities. Some of the best benefits I have ever seen at an organization.

    Cons

    The working environment in most departments is a bit stagnant and heavy on hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire St. Thomas students! They are well trained - or, at least their tuition debt would lead you to believe they are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a good way to gain experience.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's the largest private university in Minnesota with national connections.

    Cons

    Working as adjunct faculty makes it difficult to pay the bills. The culture is very conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The arts are an essential part of a liberal arts education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of St. Thomas · Minnesota

    Pros

    Work, life balance is exceptional and the work is interesting and varied.

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion and no raises really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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