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University of Texas at Austin Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  • Low pay, entitled students can be a pain (in 52 reviews)

  • Low Graduate Student Hourly Rate/ Ridiculous Dependents Health Insurance Cost (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Not a lot of growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PR Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - PR Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and co-workers. Short commute. It's a vibrant educational community and the students are fantastic.

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth. There's always a hiring freeze or a merit pay hold or some other factor going up the Regent or State level. You have to jump around from department to department to have any sort of upward mobility and successes are not financially rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Offer looser requirements for employees. Promote work from home schedule.


  2. "contract specialist"

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    Former Employee - Grants and Contracts Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Grants and Contracts Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin (Less than a year)

    Pros

    college atmosphere is nice; buildings are nice

    Cons

    not a great place to work unless you are into politics and intrigue

    Advice to Management

    get ethical

  3. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tuition benefits. The workload may be low depending on assignment. Good for the experience.

    Cons

    Bad experience when TA'ing under multiple professors for the same class/assignment. Politics between professors creates issues for TA's.

    Advice to Management

    All TA positions should be 20HR


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Salary repression, wage stagnation, and low morale"

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    Current Employee - Librarian in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Librarian in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has truly unique and rich cultural resources, and the staff that work with the materials and researchers are an intelligent and dedicated group of people.
    The University offers a good health benefits package for single people, and a portion of your salary is automatically put towards a retirement plan. University employees can ride Austin public transportation for free, and for employees that drive to work, they offer pre-tax deduction of parking payment.

    Cons

    The Harry Ransom Center suffers from wage stagnation and salary repression. There is a large disconnect between the administration and non-curatorial staff, and so the morale of most staff is at rock-bottom. There are no metrics to measure productivity/achievement so raises are made arbitrarily by the director. Merit raises are used to bolster the salaries of newer staff members and not to reward significant achievements.
    The University does not offer employees certain benefits which could make up for poor salaries. For example, staff must pay for parking and pay to use the gym facilities. Concealed carry of weapons is now allowed on campus.

    Advice to Management

    Harry Ransom Center: Celebrate and reward the hard work of staff who make the collections accessible to and assist researchers. Insist on management training for all managers. Develop criteria to measure staff performances, and use those data to determine salary increases.
    The University should work towards increasing the wages of non-professorial staff and non-directorial staff. It should also take a stand against the new state law allowing concealed weapons on campus.


  5. "Good for retirement"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to leave on time, campus shuts down for 2 weeks in December and days off don't count against PTO. Good retirement pension.

    Cons

    People are mean, and not helpful. Old working environment for old departments. No budget for extra food or drink for school events. Hours not flexible and low pay

    Advice to Management

    It may be good to create some team building events inside of the school to build a friendly school environment.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Media Relations Athletics Dept"

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    Current Employee - Media in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Media in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can take long lunches, flexible holiday schedule if you can get away. Get free clothes sometimes. The city of Austin and leaving work everyday to enjoy it.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything about UT athletics is questionable. The people, most of the coaches, the micro management, the pay, the respect for employees, the overtime without pay, the last minute planning and travel, the unrewarding projects, the sour attitudes of other employees, its all awful. HR WILL literally tell you that you are expendable because apparently everyone wants to work here. Just don't. If you want to keep a bit of passion and excitement for what you love to do, work somewhere else. UT athletics will kill your desire to do what you love. Everyone complains about the same things here so i don't understand why nothing is changing. Theres no room for improvement, no advancement of skill or knowledge at your disposal. They will title you completely wrong, apply a bizarre job code so they don't have to pay you fairly for your actual job description. They are sneaky about it, but i have no idea how they get away with it.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees, pay them fairly across the board, have less opinions and less micro-managing. Hire pleasant coaches, treat people the same despite their title. Say thank you.


  7. "UT Austin Assistant Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Instructor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Instructor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a job with a lot of freedom. You get to create and deliver your own class.

    Cons

    It seems like virtually no one is interested in education; not the students, not the supervisors, not the department. So it is easy to become jaded and come the belief that it is a lot of wasted effort.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure that it is anything that middle management can do. Improvement would have to come from high above, and it is unrealistic. They would need to stop focusing on bottom dollar and start caring about the quality of education. But perhaps that is not economically feasible.

  8. "Good for a year, then move on."

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    Former Employee - Web Designer/Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Web Designer/Developer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to try new things, learn new CMS, languages, etc. The benefits are fantastic- you need a seatbelt during the orientation to listen to what they offer you. You don't pay hardly anything for any medical bill and retirement plan is awesome. Work at your own pace- deadlines mean nothing here.

    Cons

    I can't stress enough how bad the IT is. They are running ten year old machines on safe mode for security reasons and makes it nearly impossible to expect anything to work on them. You cannot troubleshoot issues because nobody else in the world has these problems and furthermore you are restricted from accessing anything that would give you clues as to what's wrong- and rightly so- but those who hold the keys either don't care or are incompetent and do not respond to calls or emails. They do not have cPanel. phpMyadmin is available, but has a very low memory limit and makes importing/exporting db's impossible. The workarounds that IT provides are ludicrous and they act like you're the crazy one when you call them out.

    There is also no accountability for them since there is not one group. There is a small 1-3 person IT team for each college and a small "central" group. They do not communicate or work together and so they are all weak, indecisive, and incapable of providing a good product or good support.

    I have no clue why they don't outsource IT which would provide security, timeliness, support, and access to those who's jobs depend on it. I have no idea why they don't either hire people or buy new machines. They have to meet about the smallest decision and as a result nothing gets accomplished.

    We had websites in a CMS that couldn't install updates or plugins because of security restrictions. It took weeks to get a database and a folder on their server, clients were constantly mad that their sites wouldn't work and what's worse is there was nothing you could do to fix it, just constantly waiting on someone that had no interest in helping.

    Advice to Management

    This problem will never get fixed due to upper level management failing to do their jobs, or failing care about their duties. Use your time there to better yourself, don't get comfortable, start looking after a year and be gone by the second year.


  9. "If you are looking for an IT job, don't bother looking here!"

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good time off, low stress, and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, no opportunity for advancement, poor morale, constantly changing management, no recognition for good work, favoritism by management, dealing with the ridiculous politics, no transparency and high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Bump pay to the average for the area, provide a career path that actually works, provide more transparency in what is going on at the organization,


  10. "student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Student in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    no work life balance. beautiful clean campus in a great city

    Cons

    teach yourself. the professors don't care about you and they don't care to each
    based on a plus minus grading system :(

    Advice to Management

    TEACH. install in the heads of the faculty and staff that they should not have the mentality, " students teach themselves" and then expect to put caps on grades


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