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Updated July 11, 2017
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Pros
  • The graduate students were great people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Good flexibility with class schedules (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, very low job autonomy, and not a lot of opportunities (in 3 reviews)

  • There were no cons that really stood out to me (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Cedar Falls, IA

    I worked at University of Northern Iowa part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people, great culture, and a comfortable environment to work in.

    Cons

    low pay, very low job autonomy, and not a lot of opportunities


  2. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Intern - Graduate Assistant in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Intern - Graduate Assistant in Cedar Falls, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Northern Iowa as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient location
    Great Co-workers
    Laid back environment

    Cons

    Task load was very light
    Not a whole lot of projects to under take
    Job was not well defined

    Advice to Management

    Position task clarification so grad students know what they should be doing when then come into the office and allow for additional projects when current projects are either caught up or completed.

  3. "UNI CBGI- Women Not Welcome!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Falls, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits at UNI were awesome!
    - Loved the programs that the Center for Business Growth and Innovation managed and the people we got to interact with around the state (entrepreneurs and small business owners).
    - Always so much work to do, so no getting bored on the job.

    Cons

    - Work is not appreciated or acknowledged (you will be called out if you make a mistake though!)
    - Director was not a nice guy! On a weekly basis there was screaming, crying, and pointing fingers. This was all coming from grown adults with children. Made the environment EXTREMELY hard to work in. I was so stressed out I was physically getting sick.
    - Extreme discrimination of the ladies in the office! As a woman, I was teased and assigned most of the "busy work" that the boss didn't want to do (on top of my other responsibilities). Leadership events/roles were never an option for the women. I would get interrupted and talked over at every single meeting. Boss literally said to me in front of my peers, "You don't matter." Also, pay for the ladies was significantly less than the men, even though we were putting in a ton of work (public employees, so I knew what everyone else made).
    - HR and upper management didn't seem too concerned to help the situation.
    - Worked to death at times- 70+ hours with travel (no overtime pay)
    - No clear opportunities for advancement or career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and learn the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated.


  4. "Supervisor Northern Iowa Instructional Center"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cedar Falls, IA

    I worked at University of Northern Iowa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great professors and students to work with! Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Supervision load could be heavy depending on enrollment per semester.


  5. "Instructor, K-12 Lab School"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Cedar Falls, IA
    Recommends

    Pros

    High degree of support for professional development and creative control. While I was a teacher at the lab school, my position and the expectations were equivalent to a university course instructor.

    Cons

    Low pay comparable to public school salaries, no job security. Tenure track jobs were not available to much of the lab school staff, and the pay was at least $10,000 less than I made prior in public schools.

    Advice to Management

    It's a shame that the lab school was closed. Our public schools are under too much pressure to script instruction and take away creative control from teachers. For UNI, they need to keep supporting full-time, tenure-track positions, and not piece-meal an educational system on the backs of low-paid instructors and adjuncts.


  6. "Internship at math dept"

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    Former Contractor - Intern in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Contractor - Intern in Cedar Falls, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Northern Iowa as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is pretty nice. It was enjoyable to walk through on a daily basis. The graduate students were great people to work with.

    Cons

    The lack of attention given to the intern was pretty serious. I carried a group of 3 students by myself and the dept head showed little care. They left the internship having produced no work of their own and ended up sharing the first 2 minutes during our 10-15 minute presentation because after 8 weeks they still had almost no clue about what they were presenting.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that the goal is to help minorities get a leg up, but you should really hold your interns accountable and have the dept be more involved to make sure they're earning the thousands of dollars you were throwing at them.


  7. "Great Place for Student Work"

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    Former Employee - Lead Residential Computer Consultant in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Employee - Lead Residential Computer Consultant in Cedar Falls, IA
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Northern Iowa part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great boss at the Residence Department
    Nice hours, with moderately rewarding work and independence to do it

    Cons

    Not much growth into an actual career or employment in the university.
    Salaries although good, also not subject to a raise if part timing

    Advice to Management

    Keep the working conditions great, the pay will remain an after thought

  8. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at University of Northern Iowa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Grad assistants across the university make the same money, so pay isn't necessarily a consideration when applying for graduate assistantships.

    Cons

    It's not a real job either, depending on what department you're in.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to work more than 20 hours per week.


  9. "Technical Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Technical Assistant in Cedar Falls, IA
    Former Employee - Technical Assistant in Cedar Falls, IA

    I worked at University of Northern Iowa (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good flexibility with class schedules

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Low pay.


  10. "Graduate Assistent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Falls, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Falls, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I love this research based job.

    Cons

    It is for limited to me.


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