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University of Houston Downtown Reviews

Updated February 6, 2019
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Pros
  • "My department had a great environment with bosses that were knowledgeable, fair and caring" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Great working environment, everyone is willing to help when needed" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Far, dangerous because open to homeless people" (in 2 reviews)

  • "There are many people who have been there for years and they are willing to help the new employees" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Student Tutor
    Current Employee - Student Tutor

    I have been working at University of Houston Downtown part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent schedule, lots of time to work on personal homework

    Cons

    restricted to only 20 hours per week


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Houston Downtown part-time

    Pros

    I love working here. The environment is very warm and friendly. The University itself is special and caters to students who work very hard.

    Cons

    Budget restraints can sometimes prohibit upward movement.

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Houston Downtown full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of time off. Some nice folks that work here.

    Cons

    Politics is to be expected at any company. It does not exclude this academic institution. Expect to be ignored when trying to reach out to other departments. It’s all about favoritism. Well qualified people who belong in certain roles, while others have no business managing their current positions.

    Advice to Management

    Fairness and appreciation would go a long way. Don’t expect much from HR.


  4. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Houston Downtown part-time

    Pros

    Great environment and work culture

    Cons

    Commute might be hard if you live far


  5. "Technical Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I enjoy the help from colleagues. Management seems to be very friendly as well.

    Cons

    Would definitely like a higher pay.


  6. "Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work.
    Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Pay scale.
    Loads of work put on student assistance.


  7. "Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great working environment, everyone is willing to help when needed. Provide lots of guidance.

    Cons

    Cannot find a con while I was working there.

  8. "Temporary Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Houston Downtown full-time

    Pros

    Good work culture if you know what your're doing. Upper management can seem mean or picky but they expect good work.

    Cons

    Sometimes questions are not answered in a good tone.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stay during recession, leave when economy gets better."

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    Current Employee - Staff in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenient location, easy access to highways/mass transportation. I have worked as a part-time and full-time employee and have met great co-workers from all walks of life. If you are single, work full-time, the university will pay your healthcare and contribute to a pension. A full-time employee is allowed 3 hrs. per week to attend a class, the hours are paid. Tuition reimbursement for 1 class per semester. Access to the gym is free. Daycare is available onsite but not very affordable and has limited hours of operation. Plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. The university moved away from open admissions and this had a positive impact on the student population.

    Cons

    Employees at the bottom of the totem pole are disposable. Getting a raise is a miracle; even after positive yearly employee evaluations. No bump in pay for obtaining a degree or xyz certification. Advancement is very limited for the average employee unless they are the office bootlicker. An environment where the office assistant with the associate degree (or no degree) gets promoted over someone with more experience and better credentials. Very specific “positions” are created and then posted; but for the “position” only a specific person fits the criteria. Top level administrators and tenured faculty get treated like royalty; get perks such as reserved parking, “working lunches” paid for by UHD, higher ups do not have to clock-in and show up and leave when they please. Crime is rampant and ranges from a student getting shot in the parking lot to attempted sexual assaults by homeless individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better paths for advancement. Hopefully the new president can uplift morale.


  10. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Houston Downtown full-time

    Pros

    Location, friendly, lax work environment

    Cons

    Uninformed higher admin, reactive instead of proactive

    Advice to Management

    Take note of issues to better plan for future.