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University of Texas at Austin Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  • Low pay, entitled students can be a pain (in 38 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great People Choking on Beurocracy & Funding Cuts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The University provides excellent health insurance - even to graduate students above a certain number of hours. Austin attracts the best and brightest in Texas, which makes the city a great place to live and work.

    Cons

    Your group matters more than anything, but across the University there's been a trend towards 'centralization' which has accompanied introduction of a fee-for-services model even within departments. I get that there are budget cuts, but my group brings in $1M+ in grants, we pay 50% overhead, and we're still expected to contract through the University for things like IT services and Machine shop time. We make more than enough money to hire admins (which we seem to need due to the complexity of our grant requirements) but we're forced to rely more and more on a small pool of Department and College staff who help everyone but as a result aren't perfectly familiar with anyone's work. A lot of the stuff that even 10 years ago was handled by dedicated personnel is now being shifted to researchers. If you make a professor clean his own lab and office you're paying $60/hr for a janitor for the time they're doing that instead of their research - you're not saving money, you're just hiding your loss in the margins.

    Advice to Management

    Stop milking your cash cow so hard, and maybe give a little back - there's a reason why you're having a hard time retaining top-tier faculty. I've seen a half dozen good folks come and go at least in part due to asinine penny-pinching.


  2. "Relaxing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, Good instrument, Good course

    Cons

    not smart undergrad, low salary


  3. "Best people to work for."

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    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very forward thinking VP, Director, and team lead.

    Cons

    That's very hard to imagine at this point. But, there are some tunnels and steam pipes one has to walk into making it easier to get hurt if you don't watch your step.

    Advice to Management

    My director is only human. So, he can't be perfect. I imagine he could shine his shoes a little more. Although, it is an engineering field and having to walk around construction is necessary. So, that maybe the best that can be done.


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  5. "Communications job at UT Austin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Public Affairs in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Public Affairs in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great insurance and vacation benefits, opportunities to advance if you're willing to move around to different units

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity to advance within particular units, change is slow to happen, lots of bureaucracy, some gender politics


  6. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Tons of benefits
    Great learning environment

    Cons

    A lot of pressure

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Perfect Job for a Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Web Support Technician - LAITS in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Web Support Technician - LAITS in Austin, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Management is very clear about what needs to be done. The team is very friendly and intelligent. The hours are flexible and complemented my class schedule nicely.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  8. "Volunteer Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Voluteer Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Voluteer Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Located in a convenient area.
    -Clean work environment.

    Cons

    -Parking is an issue because you have to pay to park.


  9. "Great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Agent in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Agent in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with

    Cons

    Parking is terrible and expensive


  10. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Orientation Advisor Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Orientation Advisor Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked in the International Office. The people were fun and engaged! The office environment was professional yet casual.

    Cons

    There are no cons! Too bad I worked there for less than 6 months, I would've loved to keep working in the International Office.


  11. "Cannot afforod my life in Austin anymore, love my co-workers and my job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, smart, interesting people on staff

    Cons

    The pay is terrible. It has increased by 2% or less for the last 5 years, during which time Austin has become one of the nation's most expensive places to live.

    Advice to Management

    Provide reasonable salary increases to at least keep up with the cost-of-living. Tell the Legislature that the staff-and indeed the faculty- can no longer afford to live in Austin.


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