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University of Texas System Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
182 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are great, and gives great work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • good work environment with interesting people (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • There are not that many opportunities for advancement, especially within the offices (in 3 reviews)

  • Huge lack of investment in recruiting good students, specially graduate students (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    UT-Austin the good, bad and...

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers
    Laid-back environment
    Less stressful, less peer pressure
    Center of happenings at Austin and reasonable compensation with good benefits

    Cons

    May not get satisfactory recognition of your good work. Hard to excel in this big school with ~30000 employes.
    Salary is lower than many other schools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please provide compettive salary and improve work environment by rewarding people

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, flexibility

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    Excellent resources and facilities with competitive faculty. Laid back atmosphere to keep things less intense than other universities. Good place to settle in and accomplish scientific goals.

    Cons

    Parking, parking, parking! Must park 6 blocks from campus every morning. Too many undergrads and students everywhere. A little too laid back sometimes, people not always ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more selective with admissions, too many students are accepted that clearly do not belong at a high ranked national university.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Learning Center is a great place to learn.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Center Tutor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Learning Center Tutor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Interactive with students frequently
    Enhance teaching and learning experience

    Cons

    Close to none. Lazy students are hard to work with sometimes since they want to know the answers for their homework which is due in 30 minutes rather than understanding the materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leading a small group of people on learning textbook topics are quite fun, but make sure you have cover the topic from ground up since people come into the learning center have different background.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    GRA at UT-Austin

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    Working for UT as a graduate research assistant provides a great opportunity to be involved with cutting edge research. The research programs at UT have significant funding compared to other universities.

    Cons

    The downsides of working at UT are minimal. Being a state university the pay is standard with other government jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managment at UT can be absent at times, especially with various research programs. When you are working and managing a group of researchers it can feel like hurding cats.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    UT Neurobiology and Animal Resource Center

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist Associate in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Research Scientist Associate in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    Employee benefits are fantastic, campus is gorgeous, wonderful central location, employee discounts throughout Austin

    Cons

    No employee raises for last 2 years (except for Mack Brown receiving $5 million plus bonuses) despite football team raising over 150 million dollars this last season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have over 70,000 good (generally) employees who keep the entire UT system running; why not give them a raise?

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A mixed bag

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    My co-workers are very bright and very nice, and I am very fortunate in my department and management (but some departments are not so nice). People are not expected to work long hours usually; but the work pace when you are there is pretty intense and there is always too much to do. Staff get free bus passes to commute to work and can take a free course after a year. Much of the work is interesting.

    Some of the administrators and bosses are impressive in their capabilities and dedication and vision.

    Also, it is such a large employer that the varied environments and contacts and people you get to work with can be rewarding and stimulating far beyond working for some small business or something. And of course such a large employer has both good areas to work in and bad ones.

    Cons

    I do like my job but I have MANY reservations about UT as an employer. Recently there is a push by top management to let go people to suck up money to put toward attracting rock-star faculty and to building a mega-expensive new building. Pay is already very low and this year there are no raises at all and in future years there are likely to be very limited wage hikes. They have used the recession as an excuse to shaft workers (while their budget actually rose a little). Promotions can be very delayed and in general there is an attitude of contempt of top management for staff and even for regular faculty and their value. The disloyalty involved in recent layoffs of some excellent people who've spent their lives devoted to the university is appalling; so there is NO REAL JOB SECURITY besides the lousy pay. Tuition for students keeps rising higher and at the same time they are cutting the value of what students get by increasing class sizes; I don't feel the administration truly cares about education but of course most faculty do. In many ways it is a crummy place to work, but at the same time if you can find a particular niche that suits you it might be OK; it is OK for me and I do like my job and co-workers and hope to continue working there for a long time; but all the same I don't feel good about a lot of things that are going on or good about UT as an employer in general. I feel that they count on so many people wanting to work at a university (not something I personally care about) that they are willing to not treat them well and count on their putting up with it.

    Pay is very unequal -- most staff are poorly paid but some at the top are far overpaid and get giant raises. They ask for loyalty from employees and have pretty words but their behavior isn't pretty. A hiring freeze has resulted in much under-staffing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the President: PLEASE LEAVE!!!! Your actions are atrocious!

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you're going to work at a University, Texas is a great place to do it.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at University of Texas System

    Pros

    Intellectual freedom, personal flexibility, laid back lifestyle. Austin is a fantastic place to live and has a reasonable cost of living.

    Cons

    University pay, limited opportunity for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make non-tenure track positions more professional in nature. (Eg: less bureaucratic, more performance driven, more opportunity for advancement.)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    Receive many opportunities to do things you are interested in. Work with great people, both coworkers and management. Many resources here. A lot of flexibility in specific positions.

    Cons

    There have not been major downsides to the positions I've had here. There are many ways to resolve any challenges and issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job, providing many opportunities for growth, development, and learning. Also helping a lot by recognizing employees and telling others about the good work we've done in referrals. Great to be understanding and flexible yet also get things done.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    Job security, benefits, access to university resources, clearly defined work policies, organized human resources department and employee assistance programs, encouragement and support for continued education

    Cons

    Very low wages for staff, merit increases as well are incredibly low (below the inflation rate of Austin), no bonuses (ever), difficult to advance career in the creative field, deeply embedded university politics, reporting issues is a bureaucratic process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluation process is very effective and helps motivate employees if criticism is given in a constructive manner. To make up for low state wages, there should be access to free educational opportunities (or more-so than are currently available).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    benefits only redeeming feature

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Pros

    benefits are great, but be sure to sign up for everything when you start work. if you need to change your coverage, you can be subjected to "eligible for benefit" paperwork and this might result in you not being approved. if you start with everything-you are grandfathered in.

    Cons

    upper management mostly incompetent and they lead with complete hands off approach-limiting feedback and information to managers, who are appointed due to acceptance of lower salary and very much a case of "teach to the test" do not have any original ideas-everything has already been documented for you to follow the rules-do not color outside the box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust the intelligence of your employee. why did you hire them if you don't believe they are competent?

    Disapproves of CEO

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