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  • Upper management isn't really helpful (in 9 reviews)

  • It is a little far away from city (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "n/a"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at University of Connecticut as a contractor

    Pros

    I would consider nothing that occurs here a pro whatsoever.

    Cons

    Communication is a foreign concept.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look in the mirror.


  2. "Watch out co-eds"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Storrs, CT
    Former Employee - Professor in Storrs, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    it was a job. I was a tenured professor.

    Cons

    Walked in on our dean in a compromising situation numerous times. I was the last of the old guard he had to get rid of.

    Advice to Management

    sexual harassment? Duh? Ex-wife got half his pension. He should have lost it all. University closed their eyes because he was a dean.

  3. "Horrible Institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Half way between Boston and New York

    Cons

    People here are rude, make graduate assistant do more than what they are contracted to do


  4. "Experience depends highly on your advisor"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Storrs, CT
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Storrs, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Connecticut (More than a year)

    Pros

    -There are a few really great professors to work with
    -Free gym on campus with good equipment
    -Lots of great places to eat on campus

    Cons

    -Many students are taken advantage of by their advisors, especially international students. This is not only from the amount of work required, but also the extreme rudeness from some of them. Hope you have a thick skin if you end up working for one of them.
    -Encountered several office administrators who have no idea what they are doing. Verify in writing whatever any of them tell you, since half the time they're wrong.
    -Facilities are not state of the art, so if your research requires good equipment then I recommend looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your graduate students better. Also, make it easier for students to switch to a different advisor if they're in the beginning of their program.


  5. "Want to know why the State is in trouble?"

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    Current Employee - Door Mat in Farmington, CT
    Current Employee - Door Mat in Farmington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Connecticut part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The health insurance and generous sick time....

    Cons

    Where to start? Poor management, worse supervision, union allows incompetent people to keep their job, no team atmosphere, increasing fees to work there, short staffing to save money......

    Advice to Management

    Look at your supervisors! They are a problem!


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Connecticut as an intern

    Pros

    The internship was supposed to present opportunities to learn consulting and research and interact with students from other disciplines.Potential to connect with employers and build resume for post graduate job search. Potential to build portfolio of research work and presentation skills. If these things all actually happened it would have been a great experience. The one thing that was a plus was that it was a paid internship.

    Cons

    Though it is improving, the program still struggles to equal the Edge Lab program (which has been discontinued)-a disappointing discovery to hardworking students who devote their time and research to this program.Interns are often subject to favoritism and a highly disappointing lack of guidance. Not the opportunity its presented to be. Ridiculous amount of work hours without proper acknowledgement.Temperamental staff and inconsistent quality amongst student participants which was insulting after awhile.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the Edge Lab or change the current staff and director and type of projects. In its present state the program is a disappointment to students.Do a better job of vetting students and staff so that the slackers and poor mentors are weeded out. The program also needs much more impressive projects.


  7. "A horrible work environment and organizational culture"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Storrs, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Storrs, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None that come to mind

    Cons

    An under-performing and ignorant staff, an unprincipled and inexperienced elected leadership, the organization is unwilling to live up to its principles

    Advice to Management

    Re-build the entire staff and free yourself from the company union culture at UConn

  8. "REU at University of Connecticut"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This experience paid fairly well and had free housing and food and looks good when applying to graduate school programs.

    Cons

    I was ignored by my professor all summer.


  9. "Very disorganized, employees aren't trained properly."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Storrs, CT
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Storrs, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, I made many great friends while working here. I also overcame my shyness by talking on the phone constantly with customers.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. None of the workers knew what was going on. Counselors were unhelpful.

    Advice to Management

    Demand better training for your employees.


  10. "it's like living with a dysfunctional family"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are way above average and exceed anything in the private sector
    great benefits

    Cons

    Deans and Vice Provosts have supreme power and encourage a toxic environment through their lack of management skills and their interest in encouraging dissent and long-standing disputes. Deans/VP's have what they fondly call a "slush fund" which enables them to reward their staff with "merit pay". They do not have to defend how they distribute merit pay and unlike in the private sector where "bonuses" are one time lump sums of money - "merit pay" is added to the base salary. Which creates a very contentious environment.

    Advice to Management

    Send your Deans/VP's to AMA type management training. Do away with the merit pay system - it doesn't reward performers and is a huge waste of tax payers money


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