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University of Minnesota Minneapolis Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  • Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense (in 39 reviews)

  • Lower wages than private sector (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start building skills"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research IV in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research IV in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, freedom to pursue interests, good entry level positions, great benifits.

    Cons

    Little room for growth, salaries are low compared to private sector positons.


  2. "Relaxed atmosphere - consensus building"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere.
    High autonomy (in certain areas).
    Good availability of shared IT resources.
    Flexible remote working options.

    Cons

    Things can take a long time to change. Many meetings are needed to make decisions and build consensus.
    No employer-match elective retirement contributions.
    You experience may vary! Different departments and groups have a lot of autonomy, so there are many different work cultures throughout the system. Experience with one group may not offer any insight into how another operates.

    Advice to Management

    Work to keep tabs on the market rates for your positions. UMN tends to be on the low side, but you don't want to get too out of touch with the Minnesota market!


  3. "It was okay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Groundwater Level Monitor in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Groundwater Level Monitor in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Capitol Region Watershed District, monitored groundwater levels in cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

    Cons

    Had to work on weekends and during the morning.

    Advice to Management

    I can't think of any advice.


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  5. "MDC Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Minnesota (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experience, Projects, Training, and Networking

    Cons

    3D Printer Quality, No Facility Usage outside MDC

    Advice to Management

    OR visit, Visual Heart Lab


  6. "Time to end tenure! Bring in the term contracts and let's get back to teaching!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Faculty in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Faculty in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Minnesota as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom of course development, working with engaged students, access to University licensed software

    Cons

    not all students are engaged, hours can pile up during review times making it difficult to maintain a high level of availability for students within the contract salary

    Advice to Management

    Tenure faculty is so hit and miss, both for students and to offer assistance/mentorship to adjunct faculty...time to forget tenure and look to merit based term contracts.


  7. "U of MN"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The amount of cultural, ethnic diversity there is on the Minneapolis/Twin Cities campus.

    Cons

    After being here for over thirty years, I'm left with no place to advance without taking on a supervisory role.


  8. "Student Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Manageable Hours
    Great Environment
    Work load not too heavy

    Cons

    Cold Calling to Alumni
    Attitude of Upper-Management

    Advice to Management

    Show more value towards entry level employees


  9. "Admin. Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Varied and enjoyable position; (Mostly) good people to work with.

    Cons

    Salary increases based on union contract, not merit. So, a poor employee still gets a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Let go staff that is out as much as at work. Creates low morale to not seriously address.


  10. "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for full-time employees.

    Cons

    Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense.


  11. "Customer insights analyst working on marketing and strategy for union"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Insights Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Insights Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, Great managers, understanding, fun and easy place to work at

    Cons

    Slightly structured, very similar type of working not varying



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