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  • "The pay was low and there were often tedious projects to do that didn't seem to have much end value.(in 298 reviews)
  • "Long work hours and low salary(in 126 reviews)
  • "Parking is expensive so it is best if you live near campus and can take a bus in.(in 53 reviews)
  • "Poor management and organization of labs(in 44 reviews)
  • "Professors are not trained to be good managers, but this is true at all research universities(in 22 reviews)
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  1. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Executive Education

    May 9, 2019 - Operations in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working for a major university and the university benefits

    Cons

    DO NOT work for Executive Education at the Carlson School in any role. A mess all the way around and those who work at the U and have to deal with Exec Ed know this. It's a small, mostly unknown department that has been unprofitable and misled for years causing stress, turnover, and office culture issues at all levels within the department. Nobody trusts each other and nobody truly enjoys working there (though they may pretend to). Highly political with people constantly making it known what they've accomplished at work just to survive. Passive aggressiveness and disingenuousness is prevalent at all levels - workers, mid level, and leadership . One former exec literally left on vacation and never came back. Please save yourself the headaches and hassle and work someplace else. Not worth it for any amount of money.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A public University dedicated to research, education and service.

    Sep 29, 2014 - Program Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Research Assistant

    Aug 13, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I am working at umn as research assistant in the department of Chemical engineering and Materials Science. People are all very nice here and I feel very exciting to work with so many talented researchers.

    Cons

    The winter is too long and cold, if you really heat snow and I think you'd better think twice before you come here. I really enjoy outdoor activities in winter like skiing so I think it's ok

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Awesome period of my life.

    Jan 15, 2016 - Teacher Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
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    Pros

    Friendly people work here (at least when I was working here) and high graduations chances. Great location it is easy to reach.

    Cons

    Some people can be hard to teach but with smart tactics you can make them interested. You have to pay for drink but this is no major issue.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Reasonable work conditions during pandemic

    Jul 19, 2021 - Researcher IV in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Frequent communications during the pandemic. Equipment could be taken home. Return to work policy offers four levels of office based or telecommuting based work. Beautiful and well maintained campus with lots of good restaurants.

    Cons

    Transition to Fidelity retirement plan was not smooth and left people with multiple retirement accounts. No salary adjustments during the pandemic 2020.

    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee

    good employer but unfair pay

    Apr 15, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    flexible and good people to work with

    Cons

    senior people get paid way more with the same workload

    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years