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University of Central Oklahoma Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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Pros
  • UCO provides a great work/life balance with excellent vacation and personal leave benefits for those with families (in 7 reviews)

  • Wonderful work environment, wonderful caring people that want you to grow and expand yur knowledge (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, budget depends on enrollment for many positions (in 9 reviews)

  • In my experience, I could say no cons (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "3rd largest university in the state with the heart of the 1st"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Video Services in Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Manager of Video Services in Edmond, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As every university should, UCO shows strong focus on academic programs and faculty. Great PTO opportunities.

    Cons

    Staff pay could be considered lower than average, however this varies by department and is in many ways offset by benefit opportunities.


  2. "Executive Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma full-time

    Pros

    The top leadership is very communicative. There are frequent opportunities to move around and explore new challenges. The vacation and holiday schedule is amazing compared to a corporate employee.

    Cons

    It is difficult to apply to other departments as you need to have approval from your supervisor.

  3. "Politics and poor leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are the amazing people working here, and the time off and benefits are excellent for higher education.

    Cons

    Low pay, very hard to move up. There are plenty of people in leadership roles that probably shouldn't be, and the politics of it all can be crushing.


  4. "Great place for student to hone soft skills"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Researcher in Edmond, OK
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Works with class schedule. Work at the same place you have class.

    Cons

    Takes a lot of time so time management skills is a must.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that the student employees are students first.


  5. "College Retention Coach"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma part-time

    Pros

    Supportive work environment
    Flexibility
    Best colleagues in the world

    Cons

    Low pay
    High stress
    Difficult parking
    Nothing else to add here

    Advice to Management

    Continue being one of the best employers in our state. It was an honor to work at UCO. With the current funding situation, I don't see how you'd be able to increase worker salaries, but a pay increase would have kept me here.


  6. "Gained new skills and made valuable connections"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best reasons for working at UCO, especially as a student is networking opportunities! I wouldn't have the position I have now if it wasn't for the fact the working for UCO opened up so many doors for me. Another pro would be the skills I have gained through my internship. I've learned how to better manage my time, how to organize large projects, and how to work in different design programs! If it wasn't for this internship, I believe I would still be struggling to find my path.

    Cons

    The only con would be the lack of hours a student can work. Being able to work only 15 hours makes it hard to make a decent living, so it forces students to pick up other jobs and still juggle being a full-time student.


  7. "interesting environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma part-time

    Pros

    interact with people of different background
    ability to learn a bit of others' culture
    great and friendly team spirit

    Cons

    workload could be more than personnel at peak periods

  8. "Student Support"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retention Specialist
    Current Employee - Retention Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The department and campus community is very family-oriented. The chemistry in the office is great and the students are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Higher ups have a tendency to force their agenda on you without soliciting any input, which is frustrating. The department itself is wonderful but above it is a little frustrating. Still good people to work with overall.

    Advice to Management

    You show that you care about your employees and that is not something you see everywhere! Keep doing that and remember the more you involve employees in the planning process the more invested they will feel and will surpass your expectations.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data & Operation Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Data & Operation Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Central Oklahoma part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professor and faculty helped you a lot in finishing your project.

    Cons

    In my experience, I could say no cons.


  10. "Educational Institution Needs Education"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support
    Current Employee - Tech Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefit Package
    Paid Time Off
    Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Non Competitive Salaries
    No Clear Career path offered
    Feedback not heeded to improve processes

    Advice to Management

    Lessen Turnover by offering competitive rates
    Offer guidance for a career path with encouragement
    Allow all employees the opportunity for advancement


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