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Updated August 22, 2017
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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. "A Great University. . . Just a disfunctional alumni association"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Storrs Mansfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The students and alumni makes it a fantastic place to work. Beautiful campus grounds, talented students and great athletics team.

    Cons

    Not an organization you would want to work for. Incompetent directors, micromanagement, bad morale and very high turnover. Good employees but many of the best ones have left due to very bad management. Lies and vandictive games are also being played by upper management. Because the association is separate from the university, it allows for less "observation" by administration which allows for greater animosity.

    Advice to Management

    New leadership is needed including new directors. A very dysfunctional place to work. It's time for a change!


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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!


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  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.


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