University of Tennessee

  www.tennessee.edu
  www.tennessee.edu
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

University of Tennessee Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
120 Reviews
4.0
120 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
University of Tennessee President Dr. Joe DiPietro
Dr. Joe DiPietro
30 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay, great benefits, good job prospect after college (in 8 reviews)

  • Strong work environment depending on your adviser (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay and grant-based research, as per the usual with Universities (in 5 reviews)

  • There was no real career development path, at least for me (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Best job on campus for a student.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gameroom Supervisor  in  Martin, TN
    Former Employee - Gameroom Supervisor in Martin, TN

    I worked at University of Tennessee part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Super laid back.
    Works around class schedule.

    Cons

    When the room is empty, you get bored. But great time to do homework.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Department with a poor choice in Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, good job prospect after college

    Cons

    Poor management, poor future planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vet people a little more before you hire them (HD/AHD). Hire people that are suited for the job and can handle the stress it produces. Too many are constantly complaining about the stress of the job and though it is not what they signed up for. Also hire good communicators. Too many staffs struggle completing tasks because their head staff communicates poorly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    waste of money

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Tennessee

    Pros

    good business school teachers only department that is good

    Cons

    admin does not care about the students at all

  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    IT Analyst IV (Sr. IT Analyst)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst IV  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - IT Analyst IV in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at University of Tennessee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You don't need lots of technology skills, just act as positively to users, especially to director. ask around to get codes.

    Cons

    same thing every day. Each developer just sit there to check email, read code, ask team member how to get codes done, especially some people working there for more than 15 years long, they know almost all code done there, you just ask them actively and don't need to write code yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just yell to team member, watching youtube, talking gross stuff. It's better to have a little bit of brain! peanut size will be enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Research Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Specialist II  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Specialist II in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at University of Tennessee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits. A fine place to earn your stripes in life science laboratories. Fantastic biological imaging unit and willing mentors.

    Cons

    Low pay and grant-based research, as per the usual with Universities. Nepitism and seasoned researchers tossed out to make way for new PhD's with hot grants = no loyalty or job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take stock of who you have, not just a name on a piece of paper occupying some laboratory space. You may have tossed out some well respected and world-class scientists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent place to work -- employees are luck for the opportunity!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at University of Tennessee part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers, environment, and tasks

    Cons

    Few cons, except perhaps the how hectic certain times are...but even that really isn't so bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people so some of the management isn't so swamped

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Has some good program like power system. The tuition is not high. Knoxville is also a good place to live

    Cons

    not a high ranked university, so it might be so easy to become a faculty after graduation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Resident Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at University of Tennessee part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay and experiences.

    Cons

    The training periods are long and dense. Sometimes have to be woken up late for resident issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall I had a good experience at UT until a new administrator arrived on the scene.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Administrative Specialist  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Medical Administrative Specialist in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Benefits are above average especially if you're wanting to attend school tuition free or if your children are going to attend college as they are given 1/2 tuition. Time off is generous along with paid holidays.

    Cons

    Management and red tape - a lot of our adjustments had to be approved by headquarters in MEMPHIS and took an inordinate amount of time to be approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the common employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Like working in Burmese sweatshop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Administrator  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - IT Administrator in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    It is impossible to get terminated as long as you have skills they can't afford on the open market. You generally are ignored by management as long as you step-n-fetch when asked. You can work from home even if you don't have permission. Just show up to meetings if they ever have them. Free tuition for graduate school so you can leave for a better job, though not for things like an MBA or Law school. Still, if you want a masters in electrical engineering for free. It's great.

    Cons

    Pay. It's miserable. People with skills that Silicon Valley would kill for are trapped by a low-pay logic loop (and the fact that UT doesn't drug test so you can smoke marijuana and not worry about Big Corporate policy). Many co-workers are superfluous. One person works. Nine people take credit. Enormous crusty layer of unneeded middle-management making close to 6 figures. I had 4 direct report bosses all of whom hated each other. Many, many, many "distributed decision" apparatuses. There were ad hoc committees to direct steering committees that selected members of study committees that reported to management teams that didn't exist. Also, anybody who doesn't lock down their work machines like Fort Knox gets rooted by IT Security and spied upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsource IT or completely destroy the current paradigm like a Soviet Army descending on Berlin. Get rid of 80 percent of management, especially anybody with more that 20 years of service. Take pay savings and reward the best people who work, not those who take credit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for University of Tennessee? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.