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Updated November 14, 2016
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  • Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense (in 36 reviews)

  • Lower wages than private sector (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Typical Government Job"

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    The people you end up working with are generally good people, but the management are terrible and most have some sort of Hitler-Complex.

    Cons

    Red Tape everywhere and a general sense of apathy throughout the system. The managers believe they can do no wrong and treat the student workers as though they were children.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your student employees as you would any of your peers. Although the students may only be there for a short time, it's important to treat them with respect. They are the ones doing the work after all.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "underpaid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    good vacation and benefits for long time employees

    Cons

    severely underpaid for hard work environment


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Not so good"

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    Former Employee - OFFICE SPECIALIST in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - OFFICE SPECIALIST in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary and increases, beautiful campus, good public transportation options to and from work

    Cons

    arrogant, dishonest leadership, union technical and clerical employees treated like second rate trash, lack of upward mobility (especially for union employees), heavy office politics

    Advice to Management

    Stop with your arrogance self serving attitudes and focus on what you are supposed to do; serve the students. Clean up the politics and get into the 21st century.



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