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University of Tennessee Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
132 Reviews
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132 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great education and a great work environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Education assistance, worthwhile experience, great benefits package, access to the mountains (in 9 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)

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  1.  

    Very good environment.

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant
    Former Employee - Student Assistant

    I worked at University of Tennessee part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of money, friendly people.

    Cons

    There are no cons, UT is a great institution to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful work environment, very well run.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at University of Tennessee as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hiring process is relatively painless. Professors are mostly very open and friendly. Very good pay for teaching assistants. Alumni network is well-connected, providing great opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Occasionally quite bureaucratic. Parking permits are incredibly expensive and subtracted from salary. Experience as a research assistant can vary greatly in quality from professor to professor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Student Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at University of Tennessee part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun projects involving a wide range of subjects. My research professor was involved with several things from tractor rollover bars to river mapping. No day was quite the same. Really flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Occasionally slow days. Sometimes watching videos for research would get old.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A stable place to work with good benefits but average to slightly below average salaries.

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    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at University of Tennessee full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Academic work environment.
    Collaborative.
    Opportunity to wear many hats and learn new technologies.

    Cons

    More political than seems necessary. Which means rewards seemed to be given based on personality more than merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either have a solid division of labor between project management, editors, designers, and developers or acknowledge and empower individuals to manage clients. Doing both ad hoc leads to mediocre and unquantifiable results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Don't waste your time

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Specialist in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at University of Tennessee full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the first project I was assigned to at UT.

    Cons

    I worked for a grant-funded department and the constant worry of losing our funding wore me down after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All those surveys you conduct? Pay attention to the responses and take action!

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

    Great Working Place and Even Nicer People

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    Current Employee - Professional Intern in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Professional Intern in Oak Ridge, TN

    I have been working at University of Tennessee as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work and learn new skills..great people, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Internships will not always lead to an offer of full time employment but Well Worth it anyway!

  8.  

    Very good University

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Tennessee full-time

    Pros

    Close Knit Environment, Personal Growth, there are many opportunities for advancement within business.

    Cons

    Supervisors can be set in their ways. Pay is generally far too low for the amount of work that is done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to workers. Do not hire more students to leadership positions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great overall, but pulled in two directions

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at University of Tennessee full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with, and mostly excellent benefits. It is a full-time, twelve months a year kind of place, and can be challenging at times and laid-back at other times.

    Cons

    It is a non-profit educational institution of the State of Tennessee and therefore tied to the state budget for raises which do not come every year and do not match rises in the inflation rate. The 401K matching is currently at $50/month (also set by the State). The Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville is tied in to the UT Memphis campus which can make paperwork a bit awkward.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at University of Tennessee part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, got to work with my favorite professor.

    Cons

    I had a great time here. I don't have anything to complain about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    excellent graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at University of Tennessee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    research support is available from departmental funds. the eeb department guarantees 4 years of funding for incoming PhD students, which is standard for good programs. there is a collaborative research environment where graduate students and young faculty collaborate to get more grants and research awards than you would expect for a state school in the south. although you are paid minimally, even graduate students can live well in knoxville due to its low cost of living.

    Cons

    you are a graduate student, and are generally overworked and underpaid for the 100 hours you work each week. you live in knoxville, which can be difficult.

    Recommends

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