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Updated August 21, 2017
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  • Low pay and lots of bureaucratic nonsense (in 42 reviews)

  • It is a little harder for grad students to have work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Expect to be not paid your worth if you are support staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free tuition if you are obtaining your first bachelor's degree.

    Cons

    Must pay for parking currently about $70-100 dollars a month.
    Support staff (including mangers that are union backed) are under appreciated and under paid.
    Incivility from those who consider themselves to be higher educated - often treating others like peasants.
    Support staff wages do not even keep up with cost of living, so do not plan on working here for a long time without working your way up the ladder.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Minnesota full-time

    Pros

    Flexible workplace
    Fair pay
    Great Benefits
    Great location

    Cons

    Poor training opportunities for general staff

  3. "University Bookstore, customer representative"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Minnesota part-time

    Pros

    It was pretty easy job and people are very nice. Since i worked at the textbook area, I got to talk to students and help them find their books.

    Cons

    I had to stand all day. You get 15 mins break every 4 hours but still it was pretty hard for me to go without sitting for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Manager was fine but seemed like the management really didn't care about student workers. Didn't even remember workers name or never ask anyone about how things are going.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, access to educational resources

    Cons

    Low pay, limited mobility without masters degree or above

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to rate their supervisors at review time. There is no feedback up the chain, only down.


  5. "Summer Hospitality Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Hospitality Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Hospitality Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free housing and occasionally free food.
    Easy job and pleasant coworkers.

    Cons

    varying shift hours. (part of the job though)

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, the job is fine.


  6. "Student Worker"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I supported the School of Nursing (SoN) for nearly 4 years as a "student worker" during my time at the U. I learned a lot about business, office life, responsibility and independence, and was lucky enough to be asked to support multiple departments within the School, over time. It was priceless experience in a fun, supportive environment. They gave me the opportunity to grow and take on more and more responsibilities. I highly recommend this School to any future student employees.

    As with any student position, the School and my supervisor(s) were extremely flexible with scheduling my hours and accommodating my school and personal life. A great way to gain experience and earn money!

    Additionally, I worked for the Surgical Administrative Center (SAC) for a summer and all of my praise above applies to that wonderful department as well!

    At both SoN and SAC, there are numerous fantastic mentors/supervisors for the student workers. Not only that, but the cross-departmental work and staff are wonderful environments and people to supplement the student positions offered here. These are both departments which I felt encouraged growth and independent responsibilities, as well as treated the student employees as part of the staff - not just a young "nobody" to make copies and scan files. I have seen a handful of student workers come and go in the last few years and I don't know any that did not enjoy their time here.

    Cons

    After 3 years it was hard to remember that I was still only a student employee and that my wages, and occasionally the limitations of my responsibilities, reflected that. Sometimes the hourly wage is not great (hourly wage for students ranges from about $9/hr to $12/hr, but typically hover around $10/hr).

    I did feel underpaid at times, relational to my responsibilities and work load (not to mention the enormous cost of living in Minneapolis and education at the U). When I started out, a low wage was appropriate, as I was so new and still learning so much. But three years later, with full staff access and becoming a key support person in the office, the wages did not reflect those changes as well as I had hoped.

    *BUT*, that being said, departments infrequently have large budgets for student support staff and it really was worth staying just for the people, the networking, and the experiences they could offer me and opportunity for growth. :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing on student workers when/if you can. This was such an amazing work experience for me and I hope other students may have the same in the future!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Post Doc experience"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning curve for new skillsets

    Cons

    Research experience should be acknowledged

    Advice to Management

    Time management should be managed better.

  8. "Great Place to Work for any Current Student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Peer Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Peer Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling with classes, and other things like studying and exams

    Cons

    Can take up time you would rather be doing homework, working out, or other things


  9. "Grad Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Grad School here (I biology anyway) gives a lot of opportunity for collaboration

    Cons

    Upper Administration doesn't give a flying fart about grad students


  10. "Your experience depends on your department"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great access to a larger university - example: events, people, networking.

    Cons

    can be very political as people are competitive. there can be tensions between staff and faculty.


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