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Updated June 5, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "University of Colorado Health Sciences Center still strugles to be inclusive of minorities."

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    Former Employee - Grants and Contracts Administrator in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Grants and Contracts Administrator in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Stable employment, growing Biomedical research industry. That is if you are white or female.

    Cons

    Systemic racism and cronyism still prevalent.

    Advice to Management

    Get some integrity and character and show true leadership ability to make the tough decisions. Make positive change instead of the status quo that has been prevalent for decades, i. e., racism and cronyism.


  2. "A great place to live, but a difficult place to work."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, location, location. There are few places on Earth where you can work at a Research 1 university, live in the mountains, commute by public transportation, and ski powder for at least 6 months a year. The University itself is informal and everyone here understands the importance of having time out of the office. The campus is also pleasing to the eye and well-maintained. The grants office is very effective.

    Cons

    Salaries are extremely low compared to peer (and lesser) institutions. The state offers virtually no support for higher education. The quality of students is poor. We are severely understaffed, and receive little administrative support. We are strapped for space, and much of the workspaces are in poor condition. Simple tasks, because they are unsupported, become big problems. And new internal and state rules make performing my job very difficult at times. There is a level of disinterest in supporting the tasks I have been hired to do that is breathtaking.

    Advice to Management

    Enable your workers, remove ridiculous hurdles and roadblocks. Support research and teaching with adequate staffing and resources. Make salaries competitive. Raise the bar for students and admission.

  3. "Simple job but management made it stressful"

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    Former Employee - Barista/Sales Assistant I in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Barista/Sales Assistant I in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    State employed, medical and dental insurance, paid sick/holidays/vacation time

    Cons

    No raises, no room for advancement, no recognition

    Advice to Management

    learn morale


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Will Never Live Up to Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Colorado full-time

    Pros

    The mission and vision are something to be very proud of.

    Cons

    No communication or organization structure. Lack of respect and value for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership and organizational flow needs to be developed. Improve communication and show that you value your employees hard work and commitment.


  5. "Shameful Politicking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    few and far between. Para retirement is good if you can manage to stay long enough to get vested.

    Cons

    Way under paying for IT jobs. Management is a revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using employees as political pawns.


  6. "Not worth the hastle"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Tech in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Tech in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None more cons than pros here

    Cons

    Management, multiple violations of HIPPA, OSHA, took away mandatory vacation time

    Advice to Management

    do not make employees work off the clock because you cannot afford over time and follow thru on promises


  7. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free bus pass is great.

    Cons

    Wow, what an unwelcoming group of people. Didn't have anyone from my department come and say Hi to me my first week. Overall office moral is pretty low. Pay isn't great.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to care about your employees in your department. If you have ever read anything about employee retention, take some advice from the articles.

  8. "Do not work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible work schedules for everyone except staff.

    Cons

    Horrible management and pay rates. Management has no respect for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that there is a problem and you have a very high turn over rate. Change.


  9. "Typical RA job but management lacks view of the big picture."

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Boulder, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were nice: lived in dorm and ate at dining halls for free. Was able to make my own decisions on disciplining my floor and community building.

    Cons

    Upper management is secretive and gave very short notice of new/impromptu policies. I was on the job ALL the time, even when I was sleeping I would have to deal with issues if they cam up but that is the nature of the RA job. Off-campus life was also censored and work-life balance was non-existent because you had to make your work your life. They used to say, "It's not a job, it's a lifestyle."

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in the RA's shoes and think about everything that you expect of them. Understand that not all RAs are alike and that you can't mold everyone into your ideal RA. From my experience the management desired robots, not real people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Eye opening; not always in a positive way."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to working with both a large public sector employer and a large and variable customer base; Learned how to navigate politics in a large institution; ability to work with business and acedemia;

    Cons

    Large budget cuts at the state level resulted in more work to do with less people -projects may not always get finished; Sr. management didn't always share changes or information that staff may have felt was critical; politics resulted in challenging working conditions;; management didn't know how to foster a cohesive working environment

    Advice to Management

    Be open to receive staff level input on in ideas and execution since they are the ones on the front line. Build trust by being honest about sharing information that can be shared vs. information that you can't share immediately.


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