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Updated August 24, 2017
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  • Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense (in 42 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Too many overpaid administrators"

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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 Minnesota full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Attractive campus with lots going on.
    Good location.

    Cons

    Two decades deep into budget cuts.
    Top-heavy management structure. Too many overpaid administrators.
    Pay is much lower than private industry for most positions.
    Little to no oversight of administration. Both in how they get and how they spend their money.
    Expected to always do more with less, while resources and money get funneled to the top to go to their pet projects.

    Advice to Management

    You are wasting so much money on too many overpaid administrators who aren't doing anything productive for the U. Why is there no oversight of these folks? Many of them are only creating superfluous programs, or are just back-slapping cronies protecting other administrators.

    Listen to your employee engagement surveys. Cut some administrative positions and use that money to keep tuition down and hire more support positions .

    Bring pay closer to the private industry for all of the real workers keeping the U running every day. That means better rewards than no or <2% annual raises.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sprinting towards failure"

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

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

    Pros

    Other than good co-workers and benefits, I can't think of anything else to say that is positive about this company.

    Cons

    Untrustworthy, political games, unprofessional, inability to implement, execute or operate. The new (as of April 2017) CEO has is a complete liar. The CEO claimed the company has "too much overhead cost" but has no problem laying personnel who can actually contribute to the company. I understand that change can be scary, but at the same time, you need to be open to change/development. Management who were in positions to make decisions blatantly ignored the suggestions and request of their project management who are on site working and ultimately supporting the higher tiers/them. Ultimately setting the company for complete failure... that is, of course, there is an ulterior motive.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "No Innovators need apply"

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

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

    Pros

    They have amazing employee benefits.

    Cons

    If you try new things or attempt to make change, you will find yourself on the losing end.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire smart, motivated people if you don't want smart, motivated people to work for you.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unethical, Slow, Inefficient, Micro-Management Culture"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    Motivation is VERY lacking. Management is a mess. Deadlines are almost non-existent. Opportunity for advancement is severely limited. Job-related training is very difficult to get approval for.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "terrible manner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Health insurance plus good facillities

    Cons

    I was working for a racist professor.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider who are going to be in charge


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral Associate"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    There is not many Pros.

    Cons

    It is very low salary per year for postdoctoral associate.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Kiss Up Kick Down Management"

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated people with a strong work ethic; close to a major metropolitan area; good benefits

    Cons

    Low pay, low chance for advancement, tone deaf management, high level of office politics

    Advice to Management

    The top down model of management doesn't work. Employees are more engaged in their work when they are actually heard, respected and appreciated.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Training Program, Opportunities to Drive High End Vehicles.

    Cons

    Terrible Pay, Contradicting Managers, Lack of Communication Skills, No Company Benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Close Down Shop


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Information Technology"

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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

    Pros

    Smart people, diverse computing environments, diverse styles of management, online access to the OED. Beautiful campus, good location, pretty good benefits. Often working conditions are in sparkling new buildings with the newest technology.

    Cons

    Budgets can be tight, sometimes the red tape becomes overwhelming. The U is constantly trying to improve, which is good, but it also leads to a feeling of chaos and insecurity. Often working conditions are in old buildings with insufficient HVAC. They view IT as a place where budgets can be cut, and the workers are often vastly overworked.

    Advice to Management

    IT isn't a place to cut budgets, its a place to increase them. The students will need to be technically savvy in their futures, which they can't do with old computer labs and poor networking.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good reputation, convenient location and friendly students.

    Cons

    Unfriendly staff, poor communication and little direction.


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