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University of Connecticut Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  • rursl setting makes it hard to attract graduate students and post docs (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management isn't really helpful (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Awful"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    everything you could possibly need is on/near campus

    Cons

    Old boys club, pure and simple. Don't expect fair treatment if you're anything other than a white male - or respect from your own Dean.


  2. "Correctional Health Care"

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    Former Employee - Principal Physician in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Principal Physician in Farmington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of Connecticut (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    interesting medical cases. inmates are entertaining

    Cons

    political everyone is expected to shut up and sit down even advocating for an inmate's health can be seen as a problem. HR is the worst, only concerned with management's issues not at all interested in understanding the employees point of view. they dodge union rules. they lie

    Advice to Management

    stop lying, value your employees


  3. "Graduate Assistants are sometimes exploited"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Storrs, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Storrs, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're lucky and your faculty adviser has enough funds, you will live a relatively comfortable life as a Graduate Assistant. The full (20 hrs/wk) salary is quite sufficient in my opinion. After all it's graduate school and you're getting paid to conduct research and work towards your degree.
    Recently the Graduate Employee Union was able negotiate better terms for GAs. Health insurance has improved.

    Cons

    If your faculty adviser is running out of funds, then expect to live a miserable life. The university allows GAs to be employed at a minimum rate of 10 hrs/wk. That means half the salary a full GA position receives, which is truly a pathetic amount. Add on top of this a ridiculous amount of term fees that are not covered by tuition waivers, and you're looking at a salary that is below the federal poverty level. Now if a 10 hrs/wk appointment truly meant that the GA is only dedicating 10 hours a week to their work. this might not seem such a bad deal. However everyone knows that every GA pretty much works about 40 hrs/wk...

    Advice to Management

    The university is on a path of heavy commercialization. Basically it feels more like a corporation rather than an educational institution now. I cannot count the number of high-ranking executives whose job functions are not clear to me, yet who all make big six-figure salaries. No wonder tuition rates are going up the roof while faculty and GA compensation is stagnant. In my opinion, this strategy cannot lead to sustainable growth.


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  5. "Do not work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Not too many pros except that the people are friendly.

    Cons

    If you're computer tech savvy you're led to believe that you will work on computers when in reality you're at the help desk answering phone calls.

    Advice to Management

    Let the tech savvy with years of experience actually work on computers!


  6. "Good job to retire in, not for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice setting to work in

    Cons

    Not enough job growth opportunities


  7. "Not positive, not totally negative. I would not do it again."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, It is challenging and enjoyable to interact with students. It is not hard to travel to interesting places nearby.

    Cons

    Management versus union battles get tiring quickly. Being a state employee restricts creativity and innovation. There is no general feeling that any good is being done. Money is routinely wasted.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the purpose of higher education. Learn to assess, analyze, and lead. Get out of the 19th century. Realize that higher education needs to drastically change.


  8. "Paying Union Dues is a Waste of time at UConn"

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

    Pros

    Snow days. Higher than average pay scale. On campus food service. Employee testing gives impression that transfers are easy, they aren't, but at least you've got an actual test score that says you have a brain.

    Cons

    Parking distance from office. Politics. Total disregard by Sr Management for the activities of Middle Management - they get away with mind-blowing activities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the current dept budget process. Telling depts they must spend $ to get more $ is counterproductive and just wrong.


  9. "If you're serious about your career go somewhere else for grad school"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Storrs Manfld, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Storrs Manfld, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good pay and benefits as a grad student
    - Classes are easy and expectations are pretty low

    Cons

    - Incompetent leadership in my department or division
    - Professors do not care about grad students
    - No opportunities to get exposure to projects that will help get a job in research or academia

    Advice to Management

    Look at the time it takes an average student to obtain a Ph.D. in each department. Look at attrition rates of Ph.D. students. Then start holding division and department heads accountable.


  10. "It's a state job. Prepare accordingly."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's relatively stable, change is slow and many things are planned out. Once you're in your position, depending on your role, you're somewhat free to do your job as you see fit (especially in the technical fields)

    Cons

    Lots of people in administrative positions where they are unqualified, and like any good government agency there's an incredible amount of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fear change, embrace it. The students are ultimately the people who pay their bills.


  11. "Management is completely inappropriate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Laid back work and relatively easy if you're okay with manual labor

    Cons

    Management is rude and unprofessional


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