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University of Tennessee Reviews in Tennessee

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
118 Reviews

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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)

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  1.  

    I am GRA in UTK

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

    Pros

    The work is not difficult. A lot of resources from the university. Team members are good.

    Cons

    The pay is low and insurance are bad for staff and students.

  2.  

    Fiscal challenges, but great autonomy when project scope goals are met.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Knoxville, TN

    Pros

    Vast scientific network is at hand here.

    Cons

    Underfunded research opportunities for a supposed top-25 research university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fund graduate students and post-doctoral fellows directly to increase exposure and enable cutting-edge research to be seeded.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Administrator  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Administrator in Knoxville, TN

    Pros

    The people and culture was really great. The environment was perfect, and there was always lot of room for personal growth and professional. Best place to work.

    Cons

    Really, there isn't a negative comment at all for University of Tennessee. The leadership and values, including perks was wonderful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Graduate Research Assistant -- different departments, different experiences

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

    Pros

    Personal growth and learning are unlimited if you are motivated.
    Smart, interesting people to work with -- many acknowledged experts in their field
    Flexible hours and campus atmosphere
    Tuition waiver and paid insurance in some cases

    Cons

    Your experience will vary based on where you work and who your professor/supervisor is. Pay was better in the College of Business Administration. Mentoring and time with supervisors were limited, but "production" expectations were high. Lower pay in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, but mentoring and flexibility were better -- good balance between "you are here to complete your program" and "we need to get this out the door."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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

    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
  7.  

    Wonderful work environment, very well run.

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

    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
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    Student Research Assistant

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

    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
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  9.  

    Don't waste your time

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

    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
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  10.  

    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

    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!

  11.  

    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

    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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