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September 24, 2020

How is management perceived at University of Alabama at Birmingham?

Pros

Discounted school, diverse population, and highest acuity patients

Cons

Poor pay, poor upper management visibility, and inflexible

Advice to Management

Raise pay and hire new management

Poor pay, poor upper management visibility, and inflexible

September 24, 2020

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February 21, 2019

Is University of Alabama at Birmingham a good company to work for?

Pros

Great health insurance for reasonable premiums, most benefits are equal to or exceed those offered by comparable academic research institutions in the region, collaborative environment, great people

Cons

postdocs do not get the same vacation/sick/holiday time off as regular full-time employees and if you transition from postdoc to an employee position, your years of service reset and you have to wait a 6 month probation period before you can use any vacation or sick leave. So... after being a postdoc for 5 years with 10 sick, 10 personal, and 8 holidays per year (compared to 12/12/11 for an employee with 0-5 years of service), you will then have to wait 6 months before you can take a sick or vacation day even if you are working for the same PI and you don't get any credit for the years employed as a postdoc. It's a bit of a slap in the face since most postdocs work at least 50-60hrs/week.

Advice to Management

salary and health insurance compensation is great, but postdocs really get the shaft when it comes paid leave benefits, especially if you want to stay at the institution in a non-tenure-track position

Great health insurance for reasonable premiums, most benefits are equal to or exceed those offered by comparable academic research institutions in the region, collaborative environment, great people

February 21, 2019

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