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University of Tennessee Reviews

Updated July 14, 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. "Social Media"

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    Former Employee - Social Media in McDonough, GA
    Former Employee - Social Media in McDonough, GA

    I worked at University of Tennessee (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very fun environment. You learn a lot from other employees and students.

    Cons

    Position only lasted for six months. I wish that it could have gone on longer.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Other than scheduled teaching time, I made my own hours, worked from home or office. Faculty very supportive.

    Cons

    Teacher Education Dept. grad assistants make less than other departments.

  3. "Good Education, Non-Competitive Pay"

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

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

    Pros

    I was afforded great research opportunities, both in my own research and collaborating with others. I was also able to travel quite a bit to present my research.

    Cons

    Not all students within my department were given the same opportunities to present research and work on other research studies. Also, class selection can be difficult, as few were offered in my field. Compensation was not competitive for the amount of time and effort given, especially when we were not allowed to have another job.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more competitive salaries to graduate students to be able to complete school without taking out more loans. Hire or offer more upper level courses to fit the programs offered.


  4. "Research graduate assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tullahoma, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tullahoma, TN

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

    Pros

    good environment, solid financial aid

    Cons

    location, job opportunities, parking, fees


  5. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Tennessee full-time

    Pros

    fun enviornment
    kids are energetic
    go vols
    no real complaints to be honest
    management wants to help

    Cons

    low pay bad policies. pride center was shut down a few months ago. that kinda pissed me off. other than that pretty good.

    Advice to Management

    maybe get a job somewhere else and stop harassing your employees. also tn is a weird state not my favorite. wish i had never moved here.


  6. "Great people, great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator II in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator II in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Tennessee full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, great HR (UT-Memphis). Many opportunities to grow within. Supervisors and coworkers support growth. Great location. Your work contributes to the growth of students and the medical community

    Cons

    No chance of getting a raise in current position, must move up or to another dept. or another campus.

    Too many egos, upper admin run departments with no experience.


  7. "IT Employee"

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    Current Employee - Business Nanlyst in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Business Nanlyst in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Tennessee full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, location, word three, word four, word five

    Cons

    University, State funded, IT challenged, lack of strategic leadership, inability to change

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust the people you hire to do their jobs, instead of hiring consultants to tell you the exact same thing they do.

  8. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    regular hours, 20 hours a week

    Cons

    students have an attitude towards teachers and blame everything but themself


  9. "Undergraduate Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    There are no set hours for an undergrad research assistant, it's easy to make it work with a full class load.

    Cons

    It doesn't pay very much, but the experience is worth the low pay rate. It's like getting on-the-job experience for doing things you're interested in.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say here as I'm only an undergrad and I barely have a grasp on what I'm doing at this point.


  10. "Great for benefits, terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Professor in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, although costs are rising fast. Generous leave policy. Some departments have autonomy to make things better - most don't. Lots of quality people, some who care about others.

    Cons

    As with most higher ed, do more with less is the mantra, unless you're in athletics or top administration. Real teaching profs are rare, research is not as important as bringing in the almighty grant funds. Pres. DiPietro is Teflon, cunning but clueless. Actual educating of students is a byproduct of the ego-driven con game.

    Advice to Management

    Good people will eventually leave when they aren't heard, appreciated or compensated fairly.


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