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Updated June 27, 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. "Flexible hours, beautiful campus, friendly coworkers (depends on dept)"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Researcher in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, flexible hours (depends on department)

    Cons

    Difficult to get a raise, which translates to no incentives

    Advice to Management

    Set goals, adequate incentives


  2. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, and competitive salary

    Cons

    Odd shift, better benefits, and good co-workers


  3. "Great resources"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The library and computing resources are great.

    Cons

    It is is large school, and can be difficult to feel connected, even within a department.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Your experience will vary wildly depending on department and your PI"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the opportunity to absorb lots of miscellaneous information through seminars and extracurricular activities which allows me to develop myself according to the priorities I set.

    Cons

    University work often suffers from lack of structure and clearly defined goals. Or goals can be defined well but with no clear method on how​ to achieve them. I would also encourage students to work towards their own professional development as professors are sometimes lacking in support for this area.

    Advice to Management

    Mental and physical health are important but often overlooked. I would encourage those higher up to pay attention to and work with grad students in these areas. At the very top these issues are managed but the message falls down as it gets to the student workers themselves.


  5. "Finance Professional 3"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Accountant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth or lateral job changes

    Cons

    Stuffy environment. Staff is quiet and boring.


  6. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teaching is great, tons of support.

    Cons

    The pay is barely enough to live on- trouble reaching work/life balance


  7. "Good student job"

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    Former Employee - 1-Help Support Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - 1-Help Support Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to work on homework when not answering tech support calls

    Cons

    Occasionally too laid back to the point of disorganized, but not bad


  8. "Research associate review"

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

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

    Pros

    The research projects are exciting and stimulating. You can obtain a lot of experience with data collection and analysis.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than what you can get from an industry position. Some of the skills are not transferrable to industry job.


  9. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in University Park of Mankato, MN
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in University Park of Mankato, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open environment
    Opportunity of learning

    Cons

    Cold weather
    Less salary
    Extra work

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  10. "Great experience Student Job"

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    Former Employee - Student Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Student Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing supervisors, unstressful job envrionment

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for promotion as a student


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