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University of Houston Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  • No cons about working with university of Houston (in 23 reviews)

  • Very Low pay compared to working elsewhere (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Expensive and Unsafe"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional academic environment; good career opportunities for undergraduate

    Cons

    Extremely unsafe; nonstop rising of tuition and fees; few/no career opportunities for graduate students, especially internationals; horrible parking experience


  2. "Bad Idea"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Office Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Poor management in some departments.

    Cons

    Low pay, no chance of promotion without being an alumni for the better positions.

    Advice to Management

    Review those that reviewing others. Many departments are poorly managed and morale is low.


  3. "Program coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Missouri City, TX
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Missouri City, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture of the university. interaction with other divisions and students

    Cons

    Sexist bureaucracy. Not many opportunities to move up in the career ladder.


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  5. "Big University, Poor managment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big University, Mulch-Cultural, Good Gym

    Cons

    Poor Management, Horrible Parking, Dangerous Neighborhood


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Terribly run organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries. If you're not in Advancement, employees generally seem pretty happy.

    Cons

    For context, I worked for Advancement:
    located off campus in the Third Ward (dangerous area of Houston). Not many safe, quality places to go eat. Can't walk anywhere (too far and too dangerous).

    But the real problem is leadership. They have hired people as managers with no management experience. And they don't provide any management training. The director i was under was young, never managed anyone, was mean, rude, and unwilling to listen. She canceled meetings, when we DID have meetings she limited what we were allowed to talk about (meaning it had to be planned out in advance so she had time to prepare a response - thus killing any chance to brainstorm or be creative). She yelled at employees, told them to be quiet, even chased one through our office demanding that the employee come back to her. Childish behavior from a child. And leadership supported her. They let her chase off or fire 5 of the 8 people on staff within 11 months. She can't articulate what she wants from her employees, sets unreasonable expectations.... the list goes on and on. Basically, it all comes back to her being mean, rude, unexperienced, and UH is not providing her any training.

    The last straw, however, was when she demanded that I call one of my employees who called in sick, demanding that she come in to work. Because my director believed that the employee was lying. Ummm.... hello legal/ethical issues????

    They don't care about employees in Advancement. They just don't. I highly recommend you NOT seek a job at UH in Advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people. Hire people with a moral compass. Hire people with experience. When they don't have experience, provide formal training for them. Don't turn your back on the good employees that you DO have, just because you can't stand to fire/hire yet another director. Focus on people first. Focus on the experience of the employees, and good results will follow.


  7. "Sterile processing tech"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flexibility and salary are great. The management is so professional and they work around any schedule. I highly recommend this company.

    Cons

    Although the salary is fantastic, it would work as an incentive to employees if they offered shift differential. Also, the paid time off is very minimal.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to offer shift differential for those working the off shifts (the weekends and the graveyard shifts).


  8. "Metrics focused strategy"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job stability
    Good health plan
    Daycare on campus

    Cons

    Lack of responsibility/accountability. For people who are lazy workers, this place is a dream come true. But not for somebody who wants to feel challenged at work.

    Advice to Management

    The incentives for staff/faculty are aligned for metrics sake and not for the actual development of the school or the students.

    For example: If we want to improve graduation rates should we make easier final exams or improve our teaching methods. Well improving teaching methods takes too much money so lets us just make the finals easy and easily improve our graduation rates! This is strategy done bad.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Facilities Department"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Houston (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good quality of co-workers and benifits.

    Cons

    Horrible management and duplicitous bosses with no regard for U of H. advancement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "More Personal than Professional"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collegiate setting
    The longer tenured employees are much more helpful than anyone else

    Cons

    The politics are overbearing
    Terrible management styles
    Long hours

    Advice to Management

    The recreation center needs to clean house and rebuild, starting with the director and assistant director


  11. "My boss is really nice."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Balance work and study very easily

    Cons

    Salary pay is very low.


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