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University of Texas at Austin Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
478 Reviews
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Pros
  • They are flexible and work with you in maintaining a work/life balance for the most part (in 13 reviews)

  • Stable compensation with great benefits in a fun environment (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Graduate student jobs are not compensated fairly (in 14 reviews)

  • Low pay; increasing cost of living; some disengaged professors; lack of transparency (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    They take care of their graduate students

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Tuition assistance and excellent health insurance.

    Cons

    Pay is poor and departmental pay differences can vary by almost 100% for the same work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be structured better for TA's who have tuition assistance from other sources, but may need more cash on hand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to do research

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting government projects, flexible hours, friendly management. Access to University resources and competent technical staff. Director is one of kind, very friendly and knowledgeable. The staff are well versed and broad.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow. Flat organizational structure. Funded by soft-money, so when funding ends, so can the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance-based rewards are recommended (e.g., title changes and promotions).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    My experience as a part-time student worker in the UT IT department

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Assistant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to take on projects and responsibilities as a student, flexible schedule, school holidays, opportunities to learn about IT! I personally have had some of the best managers that I bet I may ever have. Coworkers are friendly and will help you out if you have questions.

    Cons

    my department is undergoing a lot of growing pains, since we're expanding. The department is still relatively new and is working on standardizing processes, so sometimes a process may seem vague.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work and culture as you expand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, great co-workers

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    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, projects are diverse and exciting, plenty of room to gain experience.

    Cons

    Hours can be long when there are numerous projects in the pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to care more about specifics of labs, more money would be good!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Qualify for in state tuition

    Cons

    Long lab hours, sometimes tiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I was a learning assistant at UT.

    Former Employee - Learning Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Learning Assistant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I was given a lot of responsibility and ownership over the role that I had. My instructor gave me a lot of freedom to be creative, while making sure that I didn't mess anything up. I gained a lot of valuable experience working with and for others in a productive learning environment.

    Cons

    There was no training. The pay was a little low. There really were no significant cons to this experience. Overall great!

    Recommends
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    Research Associate

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

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is very nice researching university, providing opportunities to work with smart, learned and intelligent professors.

    Cons

    The rate is not high though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to pursue an academic career, this is a great starting point.

    Recommends
  9.  

    A large organization provides room to grow and advance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time

    Pros

    Stable compensation with great benefits in a fun environment.

    Cons

    Traditional environment makes it hard to be creative and innovation is slow to develop. A creative thinker looking for a place to excel, should look to the private sector. Politics create barriers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creativity and innovation are vital to growth so let it happen naturally. Don't turn your head just because it has never been done that way before.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    When the time comes

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for grad students who are 20 hours. Work is directly related to areas of study. Easy process to get hired. Professors have really interesting projects.

    Cons

    No grad position is the same which means you'll have to hope the right kind of project comes along when you are looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A collection of small entities.

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    Current Employee - Senior Information Technology Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Information Technology Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    UT is fairly stable. There is an emphasis on faculty and research. Many departments are cash strapped but some have plenty of funding. The central ITS department is very well run. The campus security officer is brilliant, as is the senior leadership in the networking group. Leadership is fairly solid at the VP and AVP levels. Below that it depends on the department. It's not common to work weekends, which is nice. But that depends on the department. UT has a lot of smart and friendly people. Over time it gets to be a comfortable family. UT is somewhat insulated from wild economic shifts. However, Austin in general has been growing so much it also has been insulated from downturns in recent years. Salaries are not very competitive with the private sector, in my opinion. UT Austin is a fantastic organization that is quite excellent at delivering a high-value education for a very competitive price. I'm proud that I help deliver that world-class growing experience for future leaders.

    Cons

    Technically speaking, UT is a collection of many small systems that coordinate beautifully to run a large operation. However, this approach has led to growing pains and disparate systems. An over-arching initiative to integrate shared services on campus in conjunction with a total replacement of the legacy mainframe and web environments have cause a great deal of frustration as the University works to bring in the new and remove the old. For skilled workers, this is a great opportunity. For legacy employees, it means integrating or moving out. It's fairly easy to get pigeon-holed in a particular department for years. Moving around is not very easy. If you are with a large department, it's easier to move within that department. Parking is about $400 a year for garage access-- but there's a long waiting list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross train employees. Either pay for a gym membership, offer free parking, or give a $400 voucher to each employee. Accelerate the rollout of new systems. De-emphasize Microsoft technologies. The Board of Regents should try very hard to prevent state politics from affecting the operation of the institution. Only a small fraction of UT's dollars come from the state, yet our President was forced out of his office by the Governor's scandal-hunting cronies. It's a shame because President Powers was an exceptional leader.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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