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Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense (in 41 reviews)

  • It is a little harder for grad students to have work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    by working very hard and change my life style and country

    Cons

    by working very hard and change my life style and country make America great

    Advice to Management

    Excellent


  2. "Post Doc experience"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning curve for new skillsets

    Cons

    Research experience should be acknowledged

    Advice to Management

    Time management should be managed better.

  3. "Great Place to Work for any Current Student"

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    Current Employee - Peer Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Peer Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling with classes, and other things like studying and exams

    Cons

    Can take up time you would rather be doing homework, working out, or other things


  4. "Good overall"

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    Former Contractor - Principal Office & Administrative Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Contractor - Principal Office & Administrative Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, business casual attire, beautiful campus, innovative research and teaching, great professors

    Cons

    Unfair pay, reliance on temporary staff, bad interactions with/disrespect for unions, could respond better to equity issues


  5. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Program Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    University pay looks much better once you look at other benefits. Work was challenging.

    Cons

    Politics can be ridiculous.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding benefits"

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    Current Employee - Communications Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission-driven, making a difference in peoples' lives
    Outstanding health and wellness benefits
    Generous retirement benefits
    On many express bus lines and Green Line

    Cons

    Constant financial scarcity in many units contributes to lower morale. Financial resources are generally unevenly distributed.
    Budget outlook is grim for the next few years. Although only 16% or so of budget comes from Legislature, it's an important chunk of money and elected officials use their personal beliefs re: fetal tissue research or the value of higher ed in general to punish the University.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a tighter grip on athletics and stop adding staff at the VP level. That's where the administrative bloat is.


  7. "Independent Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Independent Researcher in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Independent Researcher in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. A lot of events to connect.

    Cons

    Since I am working on one research project only, sometimes I don't have anything to do which is nice cause I can't take the day off, but obviously I don't get paid during those times so it's hard to have a stable income. Also the pay is low.

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible working schedules. A lot of self-learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Some studies may need more guidance from professors or project manager .

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on student employees.


  9. "Fellow job"

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    Current Employee - Cardiology Fellow in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Cardiology Fellow in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and resources

    Cons

    Improvement in communication with the team


  10. "Pathology Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating, encouraged educational growth, allowed time for school prioritization,

    Cons

    The only real con of my position was that I worked independently a lot of the time, and I prefer to work with others at least sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Great work, my supervisor Andy was phenomenal and became a really great mentor to me. I would recommend hiring perhaps one more student on staff and providing larger projects with more direction.


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