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University of Houston Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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  • No cons as I found it to be a good place to work (in 24 reviews)

  • Very Low pay compared to working elsewhere (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Not the BEST"

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

    I have been working at University of Houston part-time

    Pros

    international student friendly, diverse, eventful, well located, public transport accesible

    Cons

    small campus, parking, grading system


  2. "No communication"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very respectable Pro Staff- they know how to handle and speak to younger workers in less condescending manners.

    Cons

    No communication, barely every able to speak with bosses.

  3. "Low staff morale"

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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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    State benefits (sick & vacation accruals, holiday, flex time, etc)
    It USED to be a great place to come to work.

    Cons

    -Current Administration doesn't care about staff.
    -Administration acts on impulse. If they get pissed off about something, they will fire you or close down your area in an instant. It's all politics.
    -Doesn't care about students but this is from a staff's point of view. Students might love UH because they don't know what goes on behind the scene.
    -Central HR is powerless and/or doesn't care about staff.
    -Staff morale is at an all-time low and has been getting lower and lower each year. The University looks like it's rising in prestige from the outside but it's crumbling inside. All the Administration cares about is public image - Tier One, concentrate on Sugar Land and Katy, etc. - they hide/bury the rest. Staff are afraid of coming public in fear of retribution.
    -When you're in a high position, it doesn't matter how much you screw up in your current department/area or cost the University a ton of money, as long as you know people around campus, you can easily transfer to another department and start fresh with a higher salary (promotion). This is unfair to other employees who worked hard and never did anything wrong but still got the short end of the stick.

    Advice to Management

    Central HR needs to be more proactive and involved in departments' decisions, especially those that have negative effects on employees. HR needs to protect employees who are loyal to the University and rid all employees who are causing the University to lose money instead of simply promoting them to a different department with a higher salary. HR should make an effort to investigate around without believing budget reasons the higher ups are using as an excuse. Who knows - maybe HR is involved in it too hence that reasoning is the most logical to use to avoid legal actions.


  4. "Research assistant"

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

    I worked at University of Houston part-time

    Pros

    Good professors and academic teachers

    Cons

    Poor lab equipment and management. No advisors were allocated for grad students


  5. "UH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Houston full-time

    Pros

    Perks with paid holidays and weekends off

    Cons

    depending on your department most managers are rude

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of the people that's running your org.


  6. "Too much politics and pressure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Houston full-time

    Pros

    working with, and for the betterment of, advancing college students

    Cons

    It's a very political environment. Many employees are complacent and do not want to contribute toward much of anything. This makes it hard for us employees who have big ideas and dreams. There is also a lot of pressure on the colleges to expand and bring in more students.

    Advice to Management

    Advance those who want to advance the organization. Don't reward complacency.


  7. "Research Lab Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible working schedule. Have full control of the lab management. It is relatively easy to keep a healthy work-live balance.

    Cons

    You are on your own for most of the time. Do not count on other colleagues to back you up for your jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Need to change the lazy and inefficient working style. The management does not care about the employees. Need to pay more attention on your employees.

  8. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a nice university, good location.

    Cons

    Poor salary for adjunct lecturers. Surprised to read here that the Research or Teaching Assistants (offered to students of the university) making double the amount per month compared to adjunct Lecturers ( PhDs)...

    Advice to Management

    The universities impart education and uphold the value of education. Then how can you pay lower salaries to adjuncts, these are just pennies. Any Assistant Prof. with same degree would be earning about 80-90k. Understandably they deserve better but, still the adjuncts who also possess PhDs do not deserve to get pennies, about just $800 for teaching one course. This is completely unfair.
    This is devaluing education by an institution which imparts education.
    The higher management should take consideration of this issue. Cut down on the unnecessary spendings, but pay the adjunct lecturers a proper salary. If as an educational institution you do not value persons with higher education, such as PhDs, you are doing a great dishonor to the values of education itself.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not impressed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good co-workers
    A good place to establish connections and network

    Cons

    No training or direction from leadership
    Management that expects you to do your job but won't allow you to and/or creates barriers
    Turnover appears to be extremely high


  10. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They're really flexible
    Their culture is very friendly
    They give you enough paid off time, where you won't want to call out.

    Cons

    No way to move up the chain


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