University of Minnesota Employee Reviews about "low pay"
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Updated Dec 3, 2023
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- "The one thing that is good there is the great benefits; discounted school and insurance." (in 414 reviews)
- "Great people to work with and super interesting" (in 245 reviews)
- "Flexible hours and fun to do research" (in 135 reviews)
- "Great connections and coworkers." (in 78 reviews)
- "Great work environment and coworkers." (in 62 reviews)
- "The pay was low and there were often tedious projects to do that didn't seem to have much end value." (in 357 reviews)
- "Long work hours and low salary" (in 153 reviews)
- "Parking is expensive so it is best if you live near campus and can take a bus in." (in 56 reviews)
- "Poor management and organization of labs" (in 42 reviews)
- "Professors are not trained to be good managers, but this is true at all research universities" (in 26 reviews)
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- 4.0Sep 29, 2014Program AssociateCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsMinneapolis, MN
The University of Minnesota prides itself in being a great research institution dedicated to excellence, equity and opportunity. The hours are more than reasonable (8 hours each day is expected for full time staff) and flexibility of hours is pretty grand (depending on your department). The benefits package is one of the best I have seen making the University of Minnesota a wonderful place to work. The culture is typically more casual and laid back making it comfortable for most people. Almost every employee values education and research and are happy to be supporting a public institution excelling in these areas.
Pay is not the greatest and it is very difficult to get a raise or pay increase. One of the only ways for this to happen is to get another job offer and hope they match it, someone leaves or someone retires. Being a public institution everyone's pay is public knowledge creating another potential for employee dissatisfaction. It takes time to get training (and there is quite a bit of it) for access to different systems and there are many times people are unclear of the process to follow to obtain access to do their job. Once you have the key contacts you are good to go though. There is just a bit of digging at first.
- 4.0Oct 28, 2022Research AssistantCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearMinneapolis, MN
There is always something to do when you come in. If you are in the middle of an assigned task though and need a break, they will not stop you. They can tell when someone is not pulling their weight though, so they call out laziness when they see it.
Sometimes the tasks here are a bit boring and the pay is less than optimal.
- 4.0Oct 3, 2017Researcher 6Current Employee, more than 8 yearsMinneapolis, MN
The University of Minnesota is a great environment and excellent benefits.
Pay is lower than industry and similar positions at other large universities; funding is all soft money.
- 3.0Apr 26, 2022Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsMinneapolis, MN
Many different units are great to work for with excellent benefits. I love the fact that I work for my alma mater. I am currently in a fully remote position right now, would love to see more of this at the U. It is fairly easy to transfer between jobs within the university. The Regents Scholarship is great, but wish it was 100%.
The pay is very poor compared to other universities and the administrators within the U have too much power/money. As an educator, I can get a job with my masters' degree working in a public school district (186 days a year) making about $10-20k more than if I were an academic advisor (working 12 months a year, masters' degree required). They claim to value employees and strive for equity when they only offer 6 weeks paid parental leave. The yearly raises do not keep up with inflation, so you take a pay cut every year.1
- 4.0Feb 9, 2015Instructional DesignerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsMinneapolis, MN
Great people, flexible, great benefits, good work environment, promotes work/life balance
Parking is not great--employees need to pay to park and often this results in walking across campus to get to your office; salaries lower than industry
- 5.0Dec 7, 2017Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearMinneapolis, MN
Excellent 401K match, tuition benefit for employees, beautiful campus, good work-life balance, nice people
Employees pay a fair amount for health insurance coverage (though it is good coverage)
- 4.0May 2, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
You have the opportunity to work with professors and other graduate students. It's an easy working environment.
The pay is not much and there's no over time pay for this position.
- 5.0Jul 5, 2023Executive OperationsCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsMinneapolis, MN
I love working at a public educational institution. My supervisor and coworkers are the best out of any job I’ve had. I love the students and enjoy having the autonomy to make decisions that impact program recruitment, admissions, and student support. Being part of a union provides protection, contract and wage benefits, and networking for my position. I participate in professional development opportunities both at the university and across the world at conferences.
Pay is lower than I want it to be but my union has made big strides towards rectifying wage discrepancies.
- 4.0Dec 5, 2021Undergraduate Teaching AssistantCurrent Employee
Flexible and easy time sheets and optoins. Looks deceont on resumes though.
The pay is quite poor and can be annoying to deal with certain aspects of faculty.
- 3.0Nov 9, 2015Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Health benefits, job security, schedule flexibility
Doesn't support or offer opportunities for career growth into new positions or even movement within your job classification/pay range. Salaries have been static for 5+ years, and are lower than industry standards.1