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Updated January 12, 2018
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  • Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense (in 46 reviews)

  • It is a little harder for grad students to have work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "UNITE Distributed Learning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    I work with UNITE within the college of science and engineering and I really like the job. Nice supervisors and enjoy the overall environment.

    Cons

    Hourly wage is rather low. I've been working here for 2 years and I only received one $0.50 raise in my hourly wage.

    Advice to Management

    Please reward those that work hard


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn a lot of experience"

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    Former Employee - Energy Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Energy Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment plenty of resources for help and education. Work life balance is very achievable and there are plenty of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Things can take a long time to change. Reward for hard work is sometimes limited the way reviews for each department only allow for limited amount of outstanding achievers per group.

    Advice to Management

    Keep to to speed with changing employment environments and make the best experience you can for younger employees.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "The U of MN is a collection of organizations...some are great, avoid others. In particular, avoid OIT."

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

    I worked at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very stable employer, looks great on resume, everyone knows the U.

    Cons

    Below market pay, bureaucracy, politics, and central IT in particular has a poor culture created by entrenched long term employees, second string middle managers, and years of poor leadership and problems.


  4. "Weisman Art Museum - Student Custodian"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    Great on-campus job for a student. Flexible hours around class schedule. Good pay.

    Cons

    None so far, great environment.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is very friendly!


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent 401K match, tuition benefit for employees, beautiful campus, good work-life balance, nice people

    Cons

    Employees pay a fair amount for health insurance coverage (though it is good coverage)


  6. "Good work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I had a wonderful, well-funded mentor. I thoroughly enjoyed working in their lab. Friendly administrative staff and good health benefits.

    Cons

    Minnesota is cold, very cold.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Average"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, including discounts on taking classes

    Cons

    Union Environment lead to everyone just coasting. There is no benefit to working hard because you get the same raise as everyone else.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities, lack of stability"

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    Current Employee - Research Entomologist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Research Entomologist in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I've been fortunate to work on some really innovative projects, and most of the faculty share the view that not all research needs to have a goal of maximizing profits, and that basic science is necessary. The schedule can be pretty flexible depending on the faculty.

    Cons

    There's such a lack of stability. The professor I was working for left, and I had a handful of people all telling me different things (that I was out of a job, that I was fine where I was and not to worry, that I had a few more weeks left....). Working from grant-to-grant can be very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back full time, department funded research techs!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Working as a postdoctoral associate gives you many opportunities to interact and learn from other experts in the field. It is a top university and you got recognition b other researcher around the world

    Cons

    As many other places, positions are very competitive and not very well-paid


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    There's a great tuition benefit.

    Cons

    There are not many cons to my position

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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