I have been working at University of Vermont full-time (More than 3 years)
location. location. location. Steady employment.
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.
I have been working at University of Vermont full-time (More than 10 years)
Vermont is a great location.
Inability to progress, lackluster management.
I worked at University of Vermont full-time (Less than a year)
--Flexible work schedule
--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
--Grant funded so no job security from year to year
--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
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- Can take up to 15 credits worth of classes for free every year
- Good health coverage and dental plan
- Beautiful location
- 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
i had the opportunity to work with numerous individuals from various backgrounds
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
It was a good experience
Work was minimal and not beneficiary
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