University of Utah Reviews in Salt Lake City, UT

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
249 Reviews
3.9
249 Reviews
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University of Utah President David W. Pershing, Ph.D.
David W. Pershing, Ph.D.
63 Ratings

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.  

    PhD student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer PhD Student in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer PhD Student in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah full-time

    Pros

    I was funded well and the support of my lab was good.

    Cons

    Like all academia, there are many hoops and hurdles to getting anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make everything more transparent and dont have needless forms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was Adjunct for 3 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at University of Utah as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Variety of wealth of colleagues.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic static. It was very difficult to work for change of policy or outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all professors can be researchers - some must teach.

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

    QA tester internship (UIT)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
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    Great place for serious researchers

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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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    Great Place for Grad School

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (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
  7.  

    Research Assistant

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and beautiful campus. Engineering is good and has many start-ups from Alumni. Professors are research competent.

    Cons

    Teaching is just OK. Looks like professors are not interested in teaching courses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many required seminars and at least 4 fours long seminar taking for Phd, Should change seminars to be optional. Not good people speaking at seminar. Most of them are phd Stduent talking about their researches at seminar. Not feel good with this.

    Recommends
  8.  

    IT job

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    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Great place

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    • 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 (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
  10.  

    Working in student affairs is extremely rewarding.

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    • 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 (more than an 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.  

    Amazing staff at the Physics Department!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research/Teaching Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Research/Teaching Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at University of Utah part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work!

    Cons

    Have not found any so far.

    Recommends

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