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University of Montana Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  • Few opportunities for advancement (in 2 reviews)

  • There are a lot of people working at UM that do the bare minimum while transferring their workload onto others (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Overworked and Underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Missoula, MT
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a great benefits program, and a beautiful campus.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people working at UM that do the bare minimum while transferring their workload onto others.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees their markey value!


  2. "Adjunct Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Montana full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Overworked with little respect and no prospect for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Treat Adjunct professors with respect

  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good opportunity for learning laboratory skills

    Cons

    Poor pay. Few opportunities for advancement.


  4. "Professor of Computer Science and Law"

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    Current Employee - IT Legal Advisor in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - IT Legal Advisor in Missoula, MT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Montana (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Terrific colleagues in the School of Business and Law, excellent young faculty in Computer Science; Hard working students; beautiful location

    Cons

    Severe budget pressures are weakening the University in ways that may take years to recover; Not always strategically aligned from top to bottom


  5. "A horribly mismanaged institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful campus, great people, coffee everywhere, the library is great, and I love Montana

    Cons

    Poor wages, every possible corner cut, ineffective staff union, they will work you into the ground, no respect for classified staff, hostile work environment

    Advice to Management

    Find new jobs


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Low pay, zero ability for advancement, but hey, nice scenery."

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff - Library Systems in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Technical Staff - Library Systems in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits which you'll receive even while only employed at 50% time. Tuition waiver for staff/faculty. Flexible hours are often available depending on your position. Missoula isn't a large city/town, so commute times are short. If you're not braindead you can work at 15% efficiency and still out-perform most of your coworkers. Most staff positions are unionized so you can't get fired.

    Cons

    They tell you there's a career ladder but neglect to tell you there are no rungs on the ladder. Administration tearfully says a horrible economy means no raises for staff or faculty and vacated positions won't be filled, yet somehow keeps hiring new provosts and administrators with fancy titles to help them reach the "lofty" goals of the Strategic Plan. Nevermind the fact that the four year graduation rate is still 40% and certainly won't be helped by having grad students teach classes instead of adjunct and tenured faculty. Wages across the board for staff, adjunct, and tenured faculty are abysmal. Probably not a good sign when a department head has to teach summer school classes to pay their mortgage. If you're not braindead you'll get to pick up the slack in your department while the people who have worked there 20+ years under-perform and get paid twice as much as you do. Most staff positions are unionized so they can't get fired. And the student janitors will steal your food from the fridge.

    Advice to Management

    Management might want to consider actually focusing on how best to educate the students instead of crafting new logos or offering discounts to the football game.


  7. "love being here, and enjoy what I do. Ready for new challenges."

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Missoula, MT
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Missoula, MT
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Montana as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work. You can meet alot of interesting people's who's life career's are so interesting.

    Cons

    Very little support for Adjuncts and no insentives for advancement. Just do your job and be glad you have one!!!

    Advice to Management

    I guess I could say, more support for Adjuncts is needed. Encouragment and some acknowlegement would be nice. We are here, and do contribute to the "U".

  8. "Lack of professionalism and communication."

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    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Missoula, MT
    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Montana as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working as a Resident Assistance gives you access to a lot of resources and great people. Typically you can complete homework while working the desk. Your schedule can be flexible if you have understanding supervisors.

    Cons

    Management lacks communication skills, understanding and overall behaves unprofessionally. This job and environment does not encourage much growth and is definitely not worth the added stress. While management says that school comes first, they have unrealistic expectations of staff commitment. Additionally, upper management has been rude and accusatory towards employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to have more faith in their employees and be more understanding of student schedules. Furthermore, it is important to be respectful of other people's time. If you schedule a meeting, show up for it on time.


  9. "University is a great place to leave as a staff member."

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    Former Employee - Manager of IT Colleges of Arts and Sciences in Missoula, MT
    Former Employee - Manager of IT Colleges of Arts and Sciences in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with student employees and mentoring them into careers. The scenary is nice. Some of the faculty care about their jobs as instructing courses.

    Cons

    The faculty union is weak in that for some of the positions at the University the staff are not even paid half of what they could make elsewhere. Staff are treated like second rate citizens compared to the faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the lopsidedness of faculty preference to the shitty way that staff are treated. Quit promoting stupidity and promote based off of merit.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "You can't eat the scenery, or cut through the bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, location, location. Missoula is beautiful. And to be paid to live here is great. If you love the outdoors you will love Missoula. There's also great cultural opportunities for those who don't love the outdoors! The campus is also quite lovely and the people are friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    The students are unmotivated, the salaries are pitiful, and the administration is clueless. The current push to make UM a primarily graduate level institution is misguided at best and a disaster waiting to happen. I have no idea why this is happening, who approved it, etc. It seems to have just sprung out of Dennison and no one is brave enough to say it's a bad idea.

    Advice to Management

    Start involving faculty and staff in strategic planning/direction. And not just tenured 100 year old faculty either. Pay your staff a living wage. Accept UM's position as a less than ideal educational institution and stop trying to make it into the Harvard of the west.


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