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Updated November 10, 2017
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  • Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense (in 44 reviews)

  • It is a little harder for grad students to have work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Competitive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    Depending on what department or college you work in the people and opportunities are amazing. However, the old school attitude of, 'well it happened to me, so I can do it to you' is alive and well.

    Cons

    The old school attitude of, 'well it happened to me, so I can do it to you' is alive and well.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your GRA's from being overworked at the mercy of professors and researchers.


  2. "Lower pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Great faculty in the humanities.

    Cons

    Lower pay, administrative bloat, anti-union

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of “haves” and many more “have nots.”"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Educational environment, lots of offerings (ie rec center, cafes, clinic, shopping) onsite. Fun to be part of an organization that has a football team and marching band!

    Cons

    Extremely political environment, very bureaucratic, top brass gets paid well, most others are paid below market—something that the institution seems to be proud of. Everyone pays premium price for parking (and bus passes). Employees are largely disengaged as management likes to take surveys on engagement but rarely (if ever) follows up on the feedback given. Benefits were slashed during a period when employees were being provided a “Cadillac“ plan. So now benefits and pay are both mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Start following up on engagement surveys. Pay people market value and stop bragging about how you get employees to work for such little compensation.


  4. "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Working on campus, colleagues, and interesting work.

    Cons

    Varied experience by department and my department was political.


  5. "Researcher 5"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    The U has good benefits and many positions offer flexibility. You can take advantage of the Regents scholarship if you want to take classes.

    Cons

    Pay is not very good and if you work in a research lab, your position is dependent on grants.


  6. "Ok Pay, Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great especially for families

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other companies


  7. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Great Insitution to work for!

    Cons

    Rely to heavily on definitions

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Living in Minnesota is great

    Cons

    Faculty are not at all protected from work load. Outrageous workload and expectations. No administrative support and faculty expected to do everything


  9. "A typical large research institution"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good health benefit for research assistants. Research resources are also good for Academic Health Center researchers.

    Cons

    Too much academic politics. Depending which PI you work for, widely different professional growth and opportunities.


  10. "Easy, too easy"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible: I can use my downtime to learn occupational skills

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of down time

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people if you don't need them, although clearly people benefit from jobs.


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