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University of Texas at Austin Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
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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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  1.  

    Great company to work for but salaries are stagnant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and a pension plan

    Cons

    Some employees have found the slow speed and will not accelerate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on top of employees and work to recognize those who excel.

  2.  

    While welcoming of new ideas, the University is mired in a political system that is toxic for higher education.

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top Tier Research, focused on shared governance

    Cons

    Employing enough people resistant to change in a time where academia MUST adapt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be focused more on your future and innovation. It is possible to innovate while being true to the archaic roots of Higher Education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Warm culture; nonprofit challenges

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

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful setting
    Exciting projects
    High level of autonomy
    Good benefits
    Generous time off
    Strong mission and sense of values
    Hard-working peers

    Cons

    Nonprofit pay
    Little opportunity for career growth as it is a small organizaiton
    Growing pains
    Turnover
    Better internal communication needed
    Little chance of professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to all levels of staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place for a student worker

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    Former Employee - Student Cashier in Ptso (Republic of Congo)
    Former Employee - Student Cashier in Ptso (Republic of Congo)

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible schedule for student workers, when it fits their needs.
    Easy job, not too strenuous
    Can easily get your studying done and they encourage it.

    Cons

    -Force you to work 14hr shift on football game days and even Thanksgiving day without any Holiday/overtime pay.
    -As a student worker they limited us to working 25 hours a week, UNLESS its football week, when they make everyone work
    -Sometimes you get stuck waiting for a supervisor for extended periods of time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Positive Experience: Opportunities for Skill Building

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was really able to pick up important marketable skills while on the job. Plenty of research opportunities and self-directed work.

    Cons

    The student pay is not superb. Sometimes you get tuition assistance and sometimes you don't. It is also, at times, difficult to discern what your benefits will be before hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tuition assistance should be a big part of any student position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Get work experience on your own if you're in graduate school.

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

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some faculty will support you in getting non-academic work experience if you decide that academia is not for you. Your work schedule is flexible. The first two years are like a continuation of undergrad.

    Cons

    Most faculty will discourage you from getting any non-academic work experience. You will lose 5 years of potential wages and career building. You will work extremely hard for little compensation (~$25k-$30k per year) or benefit. What matters in the non-academic workforce is what you can do, not what you know or your degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage academic departments to work with companies to create coops and internships for PhD students across liberal arts, humanities, and the sciences. These programs will help departments pay tuition and insurance and give PhD students much-needed work experience so that they can enter non-academic careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work environment promoting students.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin

    Pros

    Loved working with the staff, great hours, well compensated!

    Cons

    Not to many cons, honestly wish I could have worked more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    student associate professional, international office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin

    Pros

    nice people, nice work environment. Very laid back, and still very professional.

    Cons

    The advisors treat the SAPs like they're children at times. Some are worse than others.
    Some of the SAPs also act like children, and are actually just flat out incompetent. So you can get it from both sides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to SAPs. They're people too. Also, you might want to punish the ones who legit don't do their job, and do some regular training with them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 a 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
  11.  

    Not ready for change, old timers

    Former Employee - Administrator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrator in Austin, TX

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin

    Pros

    Stable place to work. Great if you are a creature of habit.

    Cons

    Not a lot of dynamics. Students not priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be progressive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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