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Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, prompt communication, relevant research (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Being a Lecturer / adjunct professor requires a large amount of work for pretty low pay (in 19 reviews)

  • Just typical graduate student woes (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "All it needs to be"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great faculty
    Appropriate pay for TA's

    Cons

    Never just 20 hours a week
    Some courses haven't been polished for a while


  2. "Good working environment"

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Former Contractor - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Colorado at Boulder as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible time, self paced working environment. Very friendly staff and professor helped a lot. Good hourly pay rate for a student who is seeking for something to do instead of wasting the summer vacation

    Cons

    No benefits for summer temporary RA. Though the pay rate is ok, but we still have to pay rec center fees, insurance etc.

  3. "Great as a student and student employee"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor At UMC Catering in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Supervisor At UMC Catering in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fair and supportive employer, understanding about school work commitments, opportunities for advancement, good team of people to work with (UMC Catering)

    Cons

    No real cons, it was a great job as a student.


  4. "Undergraduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO

    Pros

    They do really interesting and world-changing projects in mechanobiology and all the associated sciences in the department of mechanical engineering.

    Cons

    No steady work-load, delayed salary payments.

    Advice to Management

    Comprise a typical work layout for research assistants.


  5. "Student Employment"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Colorado at Boulder part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a student, it's very convenient to work in an office on campus. They work with your schedule really well, and are very progressive; always moving on to the new thing.

    Cons

    Your experience completely depends on your department and who manages it, so go to try to get into another office if you don't like yours

    Advice to Management

    keep listening to your employees!


  6. "Student Lab Technician"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and understanding supervisor.

    Cons

    There were a limited number of hours I could work in a week.


  7. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good for a University, great training ground

    Cons

    Salary is lacking, could do much better in the real world

    Advice to Management

    To many layers of management

  8. "You receive no training for this job."

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Colorado at Boulder part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to teach students.

    Cons

    You receive no training to do it. (Tuition-paying undergrads should really know this.)
    You grade all the work and teach all the labs while the tenured professor pays themselves 100k+.

    Advice to Management

    You should really start evaluating your teaching.


  9. "Great school, but your salary doesn't support cost of living"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Boulder is great, and the university has a good reputation.

    Cons

    The pay for graduate students isn't enough to cover rent in Boulder (even with roommates) because of Boulder's zoning laws. Depending on your appointment, you might also be forced to pay into a retirement plan you're ineligible from actually using later. Parking can be impossible and absurdly overpriced. (Certain jobs will provide you with a bus pass, but some of them won't.)


  10. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, full services for employees, good public transportation to campus

    Cons

    Zero parking, incredibly high cost of living and yet a very low salary

    Advice to Management

    Higher salaries for grad students


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