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Updated March 24, 2017
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University of Nebraska President Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.
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Pros
  • Great co-workers who are excellent at training, relaxed work environment, free gym membership (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits and interesting projects to work on (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Very restrictive atmosphere, very low pay for employees who aren't in management (in 4 reviews)

  • If you aren't faculty, don't expect a decent paycheck unless you're at an executive level (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Nice folks, dead end job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lack of pressure meant you could focus more on personal goals

    Cons

    Others abused the freedom the position offered which led to frustration and poor morale

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Worst employment experience of my life"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There were nice people there but academia makes it pretty impossible to move laterally so it did me no good.

    Cons

    Tenured faculty are like mini gods. When you have a bad one, they are vengeful and evil.

    Advice to Management

    It would be useful if the university found ways to prevent tenured faculty from destroying the careers of their underlings. When someone has the reputation of the faculty I worked for, they should not be allowed to hire underlings.


  3. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cost of Living, Large Campus with great facilities

    Cons

    Professors lie about whether they have funding for you or not, currently in bed with oil companies who try to commission researchers to boil hydrocarbons like heptane in unventilated labs, professors lack concern for student safety, hexavalent chromium particles were detected in one of the labs and responsible staff covered it up, professors try to run you out of the program if you have a medical condition like diabetes because they do not want their research projects to be compromised even if you are making all the gateways in your research

    Advice to Management

    UNL may eventually be sued for unfair and unsafe business practices


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  5. "Chemistry Department"

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    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Lincoln, NE
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Nebraska full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working for the University which is a state entity. Can take classes for just the cost of student fees. Time off over the Christmas holiday.

    Cons

    Chemistry department was/is very dysfunctional. Staff like to talk about others and it is very clique. Don't know who to trust and who not too.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.


  6. "Great place for underachievers."

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Plenty of vacation, and sick leave. Low pressure, low stress and casual workplace.
    Plenty of time in the work day to socialize, and catchup on office gossip.

    Cons

    Low pay, Unmotivated people. Huh, is that a cause and effect.

    Advice to Management

    Have the balls to fire some of those useless people.
    Everyone seems to get the usual 3% yearly raise, and the difference between a satisfactory performance review and an outstanding one is 0.5%. That's not really an incentive to work hard.


  7. "Great place to build your resume / get experience, but don't expect a competitive salary."

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Lincoln, NE
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits package and generous amount of time off/sick leave is provided. Very flexible working hours and telecommuting is an option for some jobs.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to industry. Central IT is in desperate need of reorganization. The amount of time it takes to fire nonproductive and troublesome employees causes senior management to ignore problems rather than take the time to deal with them. In some cases, troublesome employees get *promoted* (with an increase in title and pay) out of a department as a way of dealing with the problems they cause.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, this is a public institution, but being paid less than comparable state jobs is an insult. If it isn't possible to pay wages comparable to industry, the least senior management could do is to pay wages comparable to our state government colleagues.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Eh."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kearney, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kearney, NE

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with were really great and I really enjoyed the environment.

    Cons

    Management was/is pretty unbearable. Pay is low and benefits are average.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a platform for employees to offer feedback without fear of retribution. Also, some anger management courses may help curb the temper tantrums.


  9. "Post docing stinks"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I suppose the facility is nicely equipped, and it is relatively stress free. The sub-urban campus makes getting around very easy.

    Cons

    Pay is incredibly low. Far below NIH standards. Parking is very expensive.


  10. "uncompetitive atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Specialist in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Software Development Specialist in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits are better. employers are respectfull for the work we do.

    Cons

    management is very slow. Pay is on the lower end of the spectrum. No sense of competitiveness and management is still stuck in old days. Do not realise the importance of technology.

    Advice to Management

    talk less work more... think more about implementation instead of high level talk.


  11. "Do your homework."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE

    Pros

    There are a lot of good departments with great people.

    Cons

    The bad departments are really bad. Before going to work there, try to get as much first-hand information as possible about the department before accepting the job (like you should for all jobs).

    Advice to Management

    I agree with the previous review that management should not discount employees who don't have Ph.D.s.



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