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Updated Sep 21, 2022

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University of Colorado Boulder President  Bruce D. Benson
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  • "Low pay and can get tedious(in 119 reviews)
  • "Low salaries to protect the directors who make 4x the salaries of anyone else in the department.(in 50 reviews)
  • "Some unreasonable deadlines and disorganized management(in 19 reviews)
  • "Poor communication, no teaching of research practice skills, no explanation of the metacognition of research.(in 12 reviews)
  • "Lack of diversity(in 10 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good place

    Sep 20, 2022 - Course Facilitator in Boulder, CO
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    Pros

    Nice pay with good team

    Cons

    Have to end early since H1b start

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Poor department culture

    Sep 21, 2022 - PhD Student in Boulder, CO
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    Pros

    Programs perceived well by employers.

    Cons

    Students report their advisors multiple times per year to their department and nothing improves. Faculty do not widely support diversity and inclusion programs. Conflict resolution resources are superficial at best. Department chairs promise action and then stonewall and ignore concerns.

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  3. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Love my experience at CU Boulder

    Aug 13, 2022 - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
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    Pros

    Good stipend and benefits for a graduate student. A learning curve but worth it.

    Cons

    Some advisers won't tell you whether you'll get your assistantship until it's too late. Also, assistantships are renewed on a semester basis so there is some stress before every semester to figure out whether you'll get the assistantship or not. Fortunately, I kept my assistantship for all of the semesters thanks to my adviser. However, I have heard of cases where students didn't get their assistantship renewed in the middle of their PhD and had to transfer to another university.

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  4. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Not what the hiring manager will sell you

    Aug 4, 2022 - Communications Specialist in Boulder, CO
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    Pros

    Colorado is nice. There are some genuinely good people around trying to make this community better.

    Cons

    You can't afford to work at CU on a CU salary as a professional staff, cost of living is just way too high and growing. There are no opportunities for advancement and no significant pay raises for staff. The financial priority is on paying faculty above-average, which means staff are (systematically according to HR policy) kept at 30-40% below the market average for similar jobs. Professional Exempt status is used to exploit unpaid overtime work. Paid leave and parental leave are actively discouraged, and if you do take the contracted time off it will negatively impact your coworkers. The benefits do not make up for an extraordinarily toxic work culture of staff exploitation by faculty and administrators. The 2022 Cultural Survey demonstrated the severe issues of discrimination and abused that are going unaddressed. If you are not a straight, white, married, non-disabled person then CU is not here to advance your life.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Amazing

    Sep 14, 2022 - Graduate Research Assistant 
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    Pros

    Exposure, Work environment, Great colleagues, Amazing advisors

    Cons

    Not enough career-wise leads for international students in my field

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Good university in stagnation

    Sep 5, 2022 - Information Technology 
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    Pros

    Mission, location, people are generally good and care about their work and students. Had many great colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership at the campus level and in many divisions, stagnation has taken hold over the last several years. Very low pay unless at a leadership level, few advancement opportunities with little effort to address this known problem. Impossible to live in the area on most salaries. HR is bureaucratic and out of touch. Diversity and innovation valued as ideas, but without tangible actions. New blood is needed for real change to happen.

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year