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University of Northern Iowa Reviews

Updated June 20, 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. "Lab Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Northern Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Very good and flexible times to work, proactive environment, and challenging tasks

    Cons

    I do not have anything bad to say

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say


  2. "Residence Life Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with great people! Building collaborations across departments is easy because we are all eager to help each other in order to best serve our students. My supervisor is supportive and always seeking to help me develop professionally. Also, the benefits are incredible!

    Cons

    Budget cuts from the state and lower enrollment are having a major effect on our budget. A lack of funds has prevented us from providing services to our students I see as necessary. This in turn often makes our job harder.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out alternate sources of income and take a hard look at the budget to make sure the money we do have is being used well.

  3. "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


  4. "Student Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Northern Iowa part-time

    Pros

    paid on time every month

    Cons

    no cons that I can think of


  5. "UNI job environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Northern Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Great friendly people and fun to work

    Cons

    less money and less career growth


  6. "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.


  7. "Assistant Web Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Northern Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Great with flexibility, awesome team, kept busy with a nice variety in projects.

    Cons

    Some projects felt like busywork

  8. "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.


  9. "Student Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Northern Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Understanding of student only position

    Cons

    I do not have any complaints really


  10. "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.


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