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Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense (in 41 reviews)

  • Pay is below average compared to the private sector (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Department of Family Medicine and Community Health"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back office environment.

    Cons

    Work is highly mundane in nature.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not as great as it sounds"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits & number of paid days off.

    Cons

    They're chipping away at the benefits and increasing premiums if not every year, every other year (though it's still better than most other places). They stopped doing Employee Appreciation Day. Management doesn't care about the people that actually do the work - no one to talk to and nothing gets done even if you find someone to listen. Little to no transparency.

    Advice to Management

    "That's the way it's always been done" is not a reason to not make changes to policy or procedure. Listen to the workers more and actually implement the good ideas instead of your own, which are usually a waste of time and money.


  3. "UMN TC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule learning environment

    Cons

    Low pay admin heavy lots of dead weight


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  5. "Jr. Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Junior Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent experience for getting a non academic job

    Cons

    Academic laboratories have bad morale

    Advice to Management

    employ more surveys allowing people to describe whether or not their work environment is satisfactory.


  6. "Global Ambassador"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Entry Project Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Data Entry Project Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was great, leadership experience

    Cons

    NO growth well it was just reaching out students

    Advice to Management

    diversity managment


  7. "Marketing communications"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, location, student workers, colleagues, the good work and research they do with the smaller departments and schools.

    Cons

    Old school management/'leadership'. Just because something was done a certain way 25 yrs ago does not mean it's applicable in today's environment. Boomer workers highly threatened by the next generations' work ethic, ideals and ideas. Not open to change. Expect to retain the their status quo no matter if it compromises the whole department. Don't encourage professional development. Don't promote or encourage employees to grow professionally.
    Plus who can possibly want to work for an organization with no integrity? ie the latest scandal with the U of M football team. Talk about cognitive dissonance!

    Advice to Management

    Encourage growth, fire the dead wood boomers who don't want to change. Tell your professors that just because they have PhD doesn't mean they are expert over everything and everyone in their departments. Show some balls and integrity when it comes to the bullsh*t with the different athletic scandals.


  8. "health scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    good circumstances for science and researchers

    Cons

    relative low benefits, restraint development

    Advice to Management

    could be a good place for training, but not for long-term plan


  9. "U of M"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business/Systems Analyst in Lakeville, MN
    Former Employee - Business/Systems Analyst in Lakeville, MN

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package is exceptional. Easy commute

    Cons

    No clear work objectives. Very poor pergorming, and too many managers


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great bennies, bad environment.."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Regents scholarship pays for 75% of graduate school tuition.
    Great health and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    For people who work in "business functions", aka non-faculty or student affairs positions (communications, finance, IT, etc) there is close to no upward mobility, very little room for growth, and the pay isn't that great. People who are actually talented within these functions don't stay very long. There are layers and layers of bureaucracy that need to be gone through in order to make decisions. Overall, I would not recommend working at the UMN for a business function unless you're there to get your Master's degree. Compensation-wise, it's just not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Direct supervisor(s) will make or break your experience here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, a lot of pride associated with the name, lots of opportunities of professional development and growth.

    Cons

    1) Low pay.
    2) Like many state jobs, the environment (for administrative staff) at the U of M breeds and rewards laziness and inefficiency. There is NO incentive to work hard, be innovative, or develop professionally (unless you plan to leave and take your skills elsewhere). You will be "rewarded" with more work (not higher pay) while your co-workers sit idly by making roughly the same salary.
    3) Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    I think a large part of the problem is stale, ineffective staff who have been "placed" in upper management positions with no desire (or skill) to serve as leaders. Many of the managers have been at the U of M for decades and are protected; they have no real reason to improve as managers/supervisors/administrators. Put business leaders (rather than academics) in administrative leadership roles.


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