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Updated March 3, 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 8 reviews)

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

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  1. 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.


  2. "Has Potential"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No one cares if you break all the rules. Good for independent minded people. No expectations of any actual work. Date your students...

    Cons

    Administration makes poor decisions regarding hiring and poor long-term initiatives that ignore the needs of the local community. For example, UNLV's tier 1 initiative is misguided. It looks good for marketing but becoming a tier 1 research institution does not benefit the Las Vegas community much. The infrastructure simply is not there to support such research.

    Furthermore, deans, department chairs and presidents hire terrible professors. It's as if they try to make the worst decision possible among available choices. "Star hire" faculty are often frauds with poor quality research, inflated metrics and tend to bully students and ignore teaching duties.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do things simply for media attention such as the tier one initiative. Stop hiring useless faculty and instead hire and retain talented support staff and lecturers.

  3. "Adjunct Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Nevada Las Vegas (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Like almost all universities, there are some problem departments. I feel like mine was one of them. There are plenty of positive things going on at the UNLV campus, but I didn't get to experience any of it first hand.

    Cons

    The program is underfunded and heavily dependent on adjunct/guest staff to make up for its depleted pool of tenured professors. It is difficult to get critical information (where is my class, how do I get in the room, what is my class budget and how can I spend it) from the small administrative staff (though they're are pleasant about it) Also, most tenured staff in my department came off ask apathetic to the program's success.

    Advice to Management

    Set up your adjunct faculty to succeed. A bigger admin staff that proactively works with instructors would go a long way. As would salary comparable to other programs in the area.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "It's a state job"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Nevada Las Vegas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work is not hard
    People are fabulous and friendly
    Education perks
    Campus is fun

    Cons

    Everyone is like state robot who works there
    Don't give any new ideas, looked down upon
    Old boys network and nepotism big time
    Salary sucks - so much so they have an employee food bank!

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring the golfer buddies' kids and put managers in who know how to manage and act civily to employees


  5. Helpful (5)

    "UNLV - Watch out for the management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlv offers some great benefits. From reduced cost classes to a healthy matching to a very diverse 401k plan (you can choose offerings from 3 different investment houses) the salary alone doesn't truly show just what all you are getting. Some departments have great cohesiveness and treat each other well and respectfully. The newer buildings on campus are impressive to look at and have amenities in them that are pretty amazing. To add to all this you are in Vegas and there is never a loss for things to do and see - the university occasionally has promotions where employees get in to shows and events for a reduced rate.

    Cons

    There seems to be a distinct disconnect between senior management and the actual employees. Some departments seem to not want to even communicate with each other, while other departments I have been told strictly not to speak with. No true review is given to management so long as they are producing money for the university so there are some still in top positions even though their staff practically hates them. Some faculty are similar in regards to the fact all of their students year after year give them poor reviews yet they still continue to have jobs at UNLV. The recent financial situation has put major strains on the university yet while some departments thrive they do not want to share that money even though there is plenty and from sharing they would have significant improvements to education.

    Advice to Management

    They need to lighten up and focus on the students more than the bottom line. My unit is treated like we are children by management - being constantly watched and monitored for our daily activities even though production seems to be at an all time high. There seems to be a culture among management that every dollar is what counts and they need to remember they are at an institute of higher learning and you are doing your job for the students.


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