University of Utah Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
244 Reviews
3.9
244 Reviews
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University of Utah President David W. Pershing, Ph.D.
David W. Pershing, Ph.D.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is easy to maintain (in 10 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, Diverse group of people to work with (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, lots of red tape for a raise or promotion since it's government funded (in 13 reviews)

  • Benefits not extended to part-time employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    QA tester internship (UIT)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Software Tester  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - QA Software Tester in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    very flexible and open work environment , management truly wants you to succeed and enjoy your work. Cant think of a better internship to have during school.

    Cons

    can get boring if you are not pursuing your own projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    agree on a structured system to delegate tasks and allow/ encourage cross departmental collaberation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    IT job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Administrative  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - IT Administrative in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at University of Utah full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None, none, none, none, something before you get something else.

    Cons

    non-intellectual work, they count hours you sit in front of the monitor and show face time, non-knowledge work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real and stop treating employees as minions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for serious researchers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked in the math department for almost a year. There are several active groups in many areas of research including applied math, algebraic geometry, probability and math biology.

    Cons

    The postdoc salary at the university of Utah is higher than many other places. There are many conferences, and and research activities taking place all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place for Grad School

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Grad school was awesome. Learned from dozens of PIs with a wide variety of expertise. All were friendly with an open door policy. Led to great opportunities for employment post graduation.

    Cons

    Some departmental politics were off-putting but could be avoided by focusing on working with people in your research area. Grad student and post-doc pay is low but that's true anywhere in the U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a disconnect between university executives and the scientists and students. Need more transparency and better information on how having so many VPs was helping the university provide better education and research or maybe it wasn't helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great city, just big enough and yet just small enough. Awesome academic environment, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    The snow gets old fast in the winter time, highly recommended that you take up skiing if you move here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More free food for grad students...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A very disappointing experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, excellent online access to payroll, discounts on education, emphasis on wellness.

    Cons

    A very bureaucratic, conservative, and vertical place to work. A sense of entitlement for those that have been around for a while even though they are not contributing to the success of the institution. Favoritism and nepotism abounds. Dysfunctional management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your high producers instead of the deadbeats. Managers need to delegate and give people the opportunity to shine and grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Utah as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great city, great place to work, good compensations and good plans for eomplyees.

    Cons

    Not many, but improving the office furniture and office environment in general would be good.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Developer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at University of Utah full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, but that is about it, you get low pay but good benefits.
    time off,
    healthcare,
    sick leave,
    retirement.
    all great.

    Cons

    low pay,
    no respect,
    uncaring management
    basically it is just a big money machine that uses people up and doesn't care about anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are people, not numbers in a spreadsheet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Working in student affairs is extremely rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    You'll always be busy in student affairs, and the various aspects of something like student housing will keep you on your feet. As in many student affairs positions, the U doesn't pay a whole lot for the service you provide, but the experience is valuable.

    Cons

    There are many policies to abide by because of the university setting. If you live on campus, there are even more rules. Things can get pretty hectic depending on the time of year and your involvement with students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a pretty good job and employees mostly seem happy and satisfied. I would say a clearer communication of responsibilities and a run down of what the academic year entails is helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The school is okay, but there are not many opportunities in Salt Lake City.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Utah

    Pros

    Friendly environment, insightful professors, cooperation

    Cons

    limited opportunities
    If you want to have a better development, a more open university is a nicer choice.

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