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University of Texas at Austin Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
493 Reviews
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University of Texas at Austin President William Powers Jr.
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Review Highlights

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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    Researcher

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Great university, okay benefits. They don't have the best facilities because its a public university but people are very helpful and nice (southern hospitality)

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics that play into day to day operations. Most of the time these politics don't make any sense and don't help your work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Welcoming.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time

    Pros

    The enviroment is friendly and professional. People are pleasureable to work with. Self improvement is not recommended, its encouraged.

    Cons

    Salary seems to be less then the same position locally, but that was presented upfront before I took the position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Information Technology Services--Getting better

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good hires at the director level now (more problematic in the past)
    Interesting projects available for those wanting project work

    Cons

    Very political
    Too much focus on moving to the cloud--it's not always the right answer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Student mentor

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    Former Employee - First Year Interest Group Student Mentor
    Former Employee - First Year Interest Group Student Mentor

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin

    Pros

    Worked as a FIG mentor for two years. Both of my advisors were great and very understanding about my need to balance work and school.

    Cons

    Last year a community service aspect was added to the first year interest group. The system for tracking service hours was not very organized and required a lot more work than I expected - hopefully will improve over time.

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    College of Natural Sciences Communications Office

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    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership greatly valued every member's input from interns to senior staff members, and I have nothing but praise for the employees in the office. The director and administrators were always considerate towards student-interns course schedule when assigning work.

    Cons

    As with any Deans Office, administration changes are cyclical, and the transition phases can be turbulent at times. However, administration changes at UT CNS are no more frequent than the typical college deans office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    UT Austin has a lot of opportunities to get involved in research that you are interested in. It takes some time to really look around for something you want to be involved in, but once you show interest and talk to the professors, there are a lot of opportunities and autonomy afforded to you. I work in a molecular biology lab, and within 3 months I was being recognized for the progress I was making. After a semester, I was getting compensated for my time at a pretty good rate of $12/hr.

    Cons

    As a student, balancing research with my class schedule is a little challenging, and many professors won't take you on in their labs unless you show that you can commit around 15 hrs + per week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Overall

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    Former Employee - Administrative Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Associate in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    This employer was certainly focused on work-life balance. There were several days off during the winter holiday season into the new year. It was a relaxed, low-stress environment. The President, Bill Powers is an inspiring leader.

    Cons

    The health benefits were mandated by the State of Texas, so there was no way to add a domestic/same-sex partner to to the insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was there when the University was shifting to a shared services model, so the upper level management interactions I had were not as pleasant as they could have been. From a presentation by our senior leader, I was able to put two and two together and figured out that my job was going to be eliminated.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Friendly environment and valuable experience

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Family-like working environment, free professional training,

    Cons

    Work content can be challenging to entry level people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Has been good

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of different resources, people are willing to help

    Cons

    It's easy to get lost in the crowd

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limits on new positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Make what you will of it

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    Current Employee - Webmaster in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Webmaster in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Campus perks (libraries, gym)
    Very low stress culture
    Good insurance (I've heard? Still seems very expensive to me. )

    Cons

    Unmotivated employees
    Archaic technologies
    Staff are treated as second class citizens by faculty & administration
    Bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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