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"Good school for the money"

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Current Employee - Research Assistant in Arlington, TX
Current Employee - Research Assistant in Arlington, TX
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I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington part-time (More than a year)

Pros

Tuition is cheap. There are some dedicated professors who challenge you to do your best.

Cons

Not that many networking opportunities

Advice to Management

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Other Employee Reviews for University of Texas at Arlington

  1. "A university trying to grow but suffers from small thinking"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Arlington, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a massive groundswell to improve this university. The Tier 1 initiative has prompted the university to recruit investment in itself and in the surrounding city. Much of the new growth near downtown Arlington is entirely due to the university and its influence. This school is a unknown gem. You can get a good education here.

    Cons

    This school still suffers from its commuter status. Effectively, much of the administration is either thinking like this is a teaching (non research) school, or *overreacting* to situations that impact the status of the school

    The commuter element to the population will never change, because the school is located in the suburbs between to cities, Dallas and Fort Worth. Because most of the undergraduates are local, what you see here is the best and brightest of D/FW who cannot get into top 10% schools or don't want to leave home yet. They are good students: 80% of them work, about the same commute. They are good because the local D/FW population is more than some states, like West Virginia!

    Now the graduates, in my experience, are not as good as the undergraduates. Completely lower caliber. There tend to be more foreign students in the graduate program than in ones at top tier schools. If you are counting on graduate students to speak English (e.g, carry on a conversation), no less write a paper or even their own theses/dissertations, you will be disappointed. I get the feeling UTA has a reputation as an easy graduate degree in certain countries, especially India. Beware working with graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace your commuter status. It will never disappear. Arlington will never be a town that attracts young people, like Austin, or L.A., etc.

    Build school spirit, not just more buildings. Have you noticed there are no postcards in bookstore saying, Hello from UT Arlington! If there were, what picture would they put on it? The ERB? The UC?

    Continue to hire new professors that would otherwise go to top tier schools. Try to lure a lab head with a big program to your school from another one.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "The UTA Library is a hostile and chaotic work environment."

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    Current Employee - Library Employee in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Library Employee in Arlington, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff, for the most part, are dedicated, hardworking, and friendly to each other despite the library administration’s “make it up as they go along approach” to management.

    Cons

    In late 2013 there was a major reorganization at the library. A few staff members ended up in jobs who did not have the experience or qualifications to do a quality job. Some found out the new job they got was very different from what they expected. Many of the new department heads had no experience with the work they would oversee. The chaos and uncertainty has created a deep tension within the staff. It’s obvious the library administration had zero respect for the staff’s knowledge base and expertise because people were pulled from their specialties and placed in jobs totally unrelated to their experience. Resumes and qualifications were not considered at all. Almost a 100 people were shuffled around into a completely new structure. Let me be clear - a resistance to change is not the issue here. This action was a complete disregard for staff and the customers we serve. There was no clear vision to what the outcome would be or how this would improve customer service. After the reorganization training for people in new positions was pathetic. People are struggling to learn and create their job duties in some cases. There were huge holes left in the public service areas. Absolutely no regard was given to processes and work flow at the library. Efficiency has gone way down because there is no communication between departments concerning procedures or specific job duties. The administration manages with fear and domination tactics to take advantage of the staff. Open communication is nonexistent between staff and the administration. There is major secrecy about the library budget and use of funds. Needless to say the morale, quality/consistency of work, and the past friendly work environment has crumbled. It’s very sad to see a place collapse because of the incompetence of poor leadership. So it’s now the middle of 2014 and instead of evaluating library processes and what worked/did not work with the new structure administration has instituted 49 initiatives the whole staff will participate in developing. Many are extremely vague. To say the environment is chaotic and oppressive would be an understatement. Many excellent employees have resigned or retired because they got fed up. More people are desperately trying to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Step back and look at what you have really achieved - a staff demoralized and over whelmed by an organization that is barely functioning.

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