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University of Vermont Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • great environment and beautiful place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Large university with great benefits (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary for level of education, and high living costs (in 5 reviews)

  • Very bureaucratic and people tend to stick around for the long haul so it can be hard to move up or gain valuable professional development (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Low Pay - Inefficient Organization"

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    Former Employee - Office/Program Support Generalist
    Former Employee - Office/Program Support Generalist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Vermont full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very nice, lots of flexibility depending on department, and great healthcare.

    Cons

    Excessive social justice training with inadequate professional development where it counts. Very low pay; barely scraping by while the president of the university takes home over 400k a year (publicly listed salaries).

    Advice to Management

    Pay people in entry level jobs on par with other institutions and provide pro-devo for all employees. Focus on quality employees and retaining them.


  2. "Clean things house and modernize, or slowly rot"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Burlington, VT
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    location. location. location. Steady employment.

    Cons

    Very troubled university, financially and culturally. Administrators have failed. Academia is tough because of tenure entrenchment finding its way into management of the university. Things get swept under the rug. It will die a slow death at this rate. Even the administrators admit it off the record, but they know they're part of the problem.

    Advice to Management

    clean house. it's a mess.

  3. "Information Technology Professional Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Vermont is a great location.

    Cons

    Inability to progress, lackluster management.


  4. "Literacy Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandgate, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandgate, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Vermont full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    --Flexible work schedule
    --Professional autonomy
    --Varied scope of engaging and challenging work (ranging from teaching graduate courses in education, mentoring literacy coaches, offering workshops/presentations on a variety of literacy topics, consulting in schools and working directly with teachers and students)
    --Satisfying and rewarding to participate in such important outreach work in schools across the state of Vermont

    Cons

    --Grant funded so no job security from year to year
    --Low salary
    --Minimal and some years no funds for professional development
    --Professional isolation: VRI consultants work alone out in schools and have little sense of a professional community and support
    --Organization lacks clear mission, governance structure, and leadership


  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a good experience

    Cons

    Work was minimal and not beneficiary


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Okay for the short term, but not a place for a career"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Research Technician in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Laboratory Research Technician in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Can take up to 15 credits worth of classes for free every year
    - Good health coverage and dental plan
    - Beautiful location

    Cons

    - Virtually no opportunity for career advancement
    - Human resources department is disorganized and rude. Employees constantly must fight with HR to correct mistakes made to benefits, paychecks, taxes withheld, etc.
    - Salary is very low for the level of education, experience and expertise required for most positions
    - Overall disgruntled atmosphere among faculty and staff
    - Very little parking, and can be very expensive to get an employee parking pass, depending on where you are located on campus. Most employees have a 15-20 minute walk from their car to their job location, which can be unpleasant during the winter months.
    - Very heavy on the personal and inter-departmental politics


  7. "It was a great learning experience but not a career"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    location
    colleagues
    experience
    fresh
    green
    environmental
    research oriented
    i had the opportunity to work with numerous individuals from various backgrounds

    Cons

    the salary range was less than ideal as there were limited other opportunities within the area.
    Management was not always in tune with the staff's needs

    Advice to Management

    a more competitive compensation package would yield more desirable employees and more innovative research goals and opportunities for the university


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