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University of Tennessee Knoxville Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Really good benefits and work environment (in 33 reviews)

  • It can have very flexible hours depending on the job (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, not very much room for advancement for temporary employees (in 15 reviews)

  • no cons as the employer was one of the best I have had (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly workplace and advisor is very helpful. feel lucky I have an opportunity to work here. quiet campus, small town, good place to do research

    Cons

    Location is not quite good for job hunting, wish more connection to the west coast, focus more on computer science topics and related job market

    Advice to Management

    More strategy of entice students' confidence and curiosity of the outside world. Also pay attention to a possible more flexible policy for international students


  2. "Great Adjunct Position"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Tennessee (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for class times
    Great staff and professors
    Awesome students andn managemable class sizes

    Cons

    Doesn't pay that great and you wont' recieve any other perks
    Depending on subject and class structure, out of class workload can be a bit much

    Advice to Management

    Not much management can do since it's a public education system. It all starts at the top and your department head has liitle say in any major changes.

  3. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong research portfolio, Collaboration with Oak Ridge National Lab

    Cons

    Student fees are high, particularly in engineering fields.


  4. "Student Assistant position is very rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment is friendly and accepting.

    Cons

    Perhaps a downside would be the that working for academics is generally on the lower end of the pay scales in several fields.


  5. "Administrative Support Assistant III"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support Assistant III in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Assistant III in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team spirit; helping good people do well in academic and professional jobs and careers (i.e. helping undergraduates fulfill degree requirements; helping postbaccalaureate students obtain teacher licensure, etc.)
    Really good benefits and work environment.
    Good supervision and mentoring.

    Cons

    Pay rate increases still based on percentage of current rate, benefiting higher-paid employees substantially more than lower-paid.

    Advice to Management

    Switch increases to dollar amounts. What is small potatoes to a vice president is a steak-and-lobster dinner to a foodservice worker or housekeeper.


  6. "Graduate research"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and friendly working environment
    Interdisciplinary research opportunities. You can get full financial support here if you can provide fresh ideas.

    Cons

    Need more academic resources and front-end research topics and groups. Comparing to leading institues, UTK definitely needs to keep up with the current trends of AI and machine learning.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more talents from machine learning and/or deep learning areas.


  7. "Graphic Design and Marketing - Vols @ Home"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Knoxville, TN
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Tennessee as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and friendly and helpful supervisors. Flexible work hours that you can shape around your class schedule.

    Cons

    It would have been nice if it paid more.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. "Department of Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The faculties and lecturers taking teaching seriously
    Friendly professors and student colleagues
    Opportunity to conduct research at Oak Ridge National Lab
    Low living cost

    Cons

    Few local industry job opportunities for chemists


  9. "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Tutor in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They were flexible with my schedule as a student. Convenient for anyone that is a student or lives on/close to campus.

    Cons

    Not always the best pay, depends on your position as a student worker. Make sure you know your schedule and days that you'll be required to work (holidays, game days, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be flexible with student scheduling.


  10. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Tennessee part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back environment, really friendly staff, great experience overall.

    Cons

    State government bureaucracy can slow down progress during the "check the box phase" post strategic planning.


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