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University of Nevada Las Vegas Las Vegas Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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Pros
  • I work in the communications department, it's a great work environment filled by some of the hardest working folks (in 8 reviews)

  • Benefits, PERS retirement plan, vacation and sick days (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't be fooled by anyone telling you that the benefits make up for the low pay (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay, health insurance is not good (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Mostly general office work but a lot of down time for homework"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and relaxed environment

    Cons

    Have to wait a year for a raise


  2. "Graduate Assistant in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being able to work along side great researchers has been very beneficial to my graduate studies. The class size are also small so you can build strong relationships with professors. Working with the department as a Teaching Assistant has been great! They are very understanding of our workload and work with us to figure out our schedules.

    Cons

    UNLV is still a growing research institute, but it is headed to the right direction.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Too much politics and"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is the only good thing. You can almost always leave at 5pm, as 90% of the employees do.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are terrible. Don't be fooled by anyone telling you that the benefits make up for the low pay. A job that pays 80-90k in the private sector with 10-20% bonus translates into 50-60k with 2% annual increase in higher ed. The 13.5% 401k match does little to bridge the difference. The only saving grace is the extra vacation and sick days that you accrue.

    Politics in government positions are notoriously stupid. If you are smarter than your manager or more capable, they will hold you back. They create obstacles to prevent you and the department from succeeding because they think it makes them look back. There is a huge solid line between staff and faculty. It's a known problem across campus but the President doesn't do anything to acknowledge and break down the divide.

    If you are a millennial, save yourself the hassle and stay where you are. All the top level millennial talent leave within 2 years for better positions because the promotion system here is nonexistent. All your bright ideas will be logjammed in politics. Your first 6 months might seem good, but after that you are just in for the ride and you have no control of your path. This place reeks of age discrimination as your AVPs all want to hire people in their 40s-60s for their experience, but only offering to pay $40k annually. The full-time employees probably skew 80% over 40 and 20% under 40. Very discriminatory against young workers. Avoid at all cost if you are under 40.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees, all the AVPs and executives spend too much time focusing on Top Tier Status that they fail to realize the front line employees are the ones who ultimately push UNLV to top tier. They neglect to keep top talent while the underperformers are kept in their positions for far too long.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great cultural diversity and fun, passionate environmen.

    Cons

    Still in developing stage, has limited funds aimed at research.


  6. "Graduate Teaching Assistant at Mechanical Engineering"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at University of Nevada Las Vegas part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Just do your assigned teaching task, and you should be fine. Any issues, bring it to the notice of the department chair Dr.O'Toole, he is helpful in solving them. Joan Conway at the department is also very helpful.

    Cons

    No Cons as far as I remember.

    Advice to Management

    They should try and do bi-weekly paycheck if possible.


  7. "Great Environment, but LOW pay."

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Nevada Las Vegas as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I highly enjoyed teaching at UNLV. Head of my department gave me lots of autonomy and room to be creative with my teaching style.

    Cons

    Low pay... even for an Adjunct.

    Advice to Management

    To keep good part-time professionals in the classroom, you'll need to up the pay scale for Adjunct Professors.


  8. "Great place to work (but tough for adjuncts)."

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Nevada Las Vegas part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules. The work is always challenging (which is a good thing).

    Cons

    Adjuncts are underpaid. There should be more effort in helping graduates transition into either Phd programs or full time careers.


  9. "Campus Life Business Office - Accounting Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Flexible with your schedule. This may include school or your other job, or even holidays.

    Cons

    There is no set training program to the job. The job is on the spot training that you learn as you go. The first two months was a big learning curve.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a Training program for new and current employees to make a more effective/organized team.


  10. "Enjoyable and positive environment for education all around."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professors and associate professors are connected with students. Diverse and quirky staff and student body. There is rapid growth and consistent improvement in many areas from the curriculum to the physical campus.

    Cons

    The state of Nevada has consistently ignored education in general but has been especially callus towards higher ed. Budget constraints are significant.


  11. "Great starting place for a career"

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    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Great benefits: tons of vacation and sick time.
    They pay relocation if you move from out of state.

    Cons

    Insurance is terrible.
    Pay is much lower than comparable private sector positions.
    Limited room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Expand your hiring tiers to allow more people a chance at a higher position.


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