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Updated December 28, 2017
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  1. "CU"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Research Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Current Contractor - Senior Research Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Colorado as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Resources are excellent and reputation is good

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is typical of a large institution

    Advice to Management

    Consider broader perspectives


  2. "NTT Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Instructor in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Instructor in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom for course design
    Freedom of when to come into the office
    Laid back environment

    Cons

    Poor pay compared to industry
    Very pedigree driven, if you don't have a PhD be prepared for some discrimination.
    9 month pay contract, need to teach summers or find something else during this time.

    Advice to Management

    Its a decent place to work, very good benefits and laid back environment. I do love teaching and there is some friction between non tenure and tenure track individuals.

    This has been a good stopping place for me and I have maxed out my pay and as far as I can go, I see myself leaving in the next year or so.

    Not because I really want to, but I the pay increases are very small and based on popularity among students in FCQ ratings. I wouldn't recommend to make this your career unless your tenure track and make tenure.

  3. "Business Systems Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for development, great coworkers

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. Our department was too top heavy.


  4. "Good part time work"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of experience into what grad school will be like, and the level of research. Learned a lot about research process

    Cons

    Bounced around from multiple projects to help different grad students so it was Not always consistent between who you were working for


  5. "Professional Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time

    Pros

    good people, good product, nice work environment

    Cons

    no input on development effort or deadlines for tasks that were assigned, code limited to 80-chars per line (ugh), code reviews marked down if changed whitespace or reformatted to improve readability

    Advice to Management

    code is a living thing -- need to allow non-functional changes (and reviewers should be willing to accept them as such) -- 80 chars per line contributes to non-readability of code (code is read by developers much more often than it is written)


  6. "Teacher's Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Colorado part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with business professor who was very good at his job

    Cons

    Wish I was a TA for longer

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for students to TA for professors. Make it a requirement


  7. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Colorado (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule; accommodating faculty; opportunity to work with students

    Cons

    Sometimes endloaded work; often treated as a student and not a professional

    Advice to Management

    Better pay and more accommodating to students interested in opportunities outside academia

  8. "Working with Program Council was life changing."

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    Former Employee - Student Marketing Director in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Student Marketing Director in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn the ropes of the music industry while working with a passionate group of students that want to put on a good show for the student population.

    A stepping stone into getting involved in the local music scene.

    Cons

    You will be managing shows until the early morning, but it wasn't a big issue for me.

    Advice to Management

    Hire young directors so they can have a long time to develop a good team throughout their tenure, and get student employees involved earlier in the year to set up the VIP program and build up awareness in students before the school year starts.


  9. "A Great Place to Work and Grow"

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    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Colorado full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The University of Colorado (CU) was a great place to work and provided me with substantial growth opportunities over my career. Being an institution of higher education, there are differences between being part of System Administration and working on a campus. I worked within System Administration, so my comments are primarily focused there.

    Cons

    CU provides a tuition benefit for employees and their dependents, but it is more limited than other universities. In addition, the salaries fall below some peers but the total compensation is very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    I recommend greater accountability of senior leaders. The roles and responsibilities are not terribly clear and some are not highly regarded by staff.


  10. "Great Benefits, Poor Salary and little upward mobility"

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    Current Employee - Professional Research Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Professional Research Assistant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. The university triples what you put into your 401a. (You put in $1, the put in $2). The health benefits are great. It's generally an interesting job.

    Cons

    Starting Salaries are very low especially for jobs required college education. Yearly raises are 1-3%. Salary raises are extremely difficult to obtain. Being a lab, weekends are expected more often than not.

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitive salary to stop the massive overturn.


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