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University of Wyoming Reviews

Updated January 29, 2017
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  • The recent budget cuts have created a requirement for less benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great choice if you love a small town (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "uw"

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    Current Employee - Medical Receptionist in Casper, WY
    Current Employee - Medical Receptionist in Casper, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits with good retirement

    Cons

    High pressure poor working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Support your Frontline people better


  2. "Academic Professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Professional in Laramie, WY
    Former Employee - Academic Professional in Laramie, WY
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great location, lots of recreational activity availability.

    Cons

    Wages are stagnant or sinking. Lack of raises going on the 7th year, potential cuts to teaching staff are very worrisome.


  3. "University of Wyoming Staff Review"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Wyoming, MI
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Wyoming, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits—vacation, health insurance, employee tuition waiver, holidays, etc.!

    Cons

    Pay is TERRIBLE! It's not competitive with the rest of the nation, and right now, UW is in a financial crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Pay needs to be much more competitive in order to keep good staff, faculty, and students.


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  5. "University of Wyoming"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laramie, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laramie, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The location isn't for everyone, but if small town life in a college town in this area of the country is where you want to be, then a job here provides good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The current climate of the state economy, and the lack of many opportunities for advancement, make for a very constrictive environment.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of limited communication and dependence on deference to hierarchical authority should be questioned. Look to a more inclusive structure and more transparent communication.


  6. "Technician III"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Techniciann III in Laramie, WY
    Current Employee - Techniciann III in Laramie, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits good for Wyoming

    Cons

    Administration is sociopathic and lazy

    Advice to Management

    Need to know all aspects of diagnostic work , get out of your office, come to work once in a while


  7. "Chemistry Graduate Research Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Very accessible and approchable faculty.

    Cons

    Admisnistration and office staff not efficient.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with the graduate student more about policy changes etc.


  8. "Graduate Assitant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Laramie, WY
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Laramie, WY

    Pros

    Compensated with free education and monthly spending money.

    Cons

    Intense Republican atmosphere with little room for thinking outside the box.


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    "Researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Laramie, WY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Laramie, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Wyoming full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, easy going atmosphere. Easy to get help when needed. Everyone is very passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Terrible pay. Raises are rare and when they do come they are a joke. No career here just a stagnant job. high turnover rate due to these three factors.

    Advice to Management

    Start becoming competitive in pay and make it worth our time to work here.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "It's the Wild West as a staff member here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Programmer, Senior in Laramie, WY
    Current Employee - Systems Programmer, Senior in Laramie, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Wyoming full-time

    Pros

    Excellent vacation policy for benefited employees - 14 hours a month, plus most school holidays and a one week winter holiday between Christmas and New Years.
    Great retirement contributions into your choice of a 401k or state pension plan

    Cons

    No leadership within Information Technology. Prime examples of this are the lack of a service management infrastructure (attempts to implement ITIL and other methodoligies have always failed to catch on permanently), and no software/application development process such as Agile or Waterfall in place. There are also no guidelines or institutional commitments to interaction between departments and IT. Many directors adopt a "get it done, and don't bother me" philosophy, and do not have a basic understanding of what the various teams in their departments are working on. Basic position descriptions of responsibilities, expectations, and accountability are not provided.

    Office culture is generally a "backstabbing" environment, due to the lack of advancement opportunities and managerial support.

    Advice to Management

    VPs of campus need to actively address the cons listed above


  11. "Math Dept - No support, poorly organized, arrow pointing down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the faculty are excellent. There are some great lecturers. The area is beautiful if you enjoy the outdoors. The size of the Math department is perfect and people are accessible.

    Depending on your assignment, the teaching itself can be great. Because the department lacks a consistent identity, you often find that getting paired with an effective and organized group can lead to a really good experience, while sometimes you may find yourself in the opposite situation.

    Cons

    They offer little or no support for their graduate students. As a graduate student here, you will be treated like cattle. On your first day, you will be given the key to your office, and that's it. There is no formal advising process. The graduate student handbook has been out of date for ages.

    When it comes time for teaching assignments, you won't be involved in the selection process at all. There is no rhyme, reason, or explanation for decisions made. There is no formal review process to evaluate your performance.

    In my time here, I've barely had any contact with members of the graduate committee and I've never had the sense that they really care that much about their graduate students.

    This is especially disappointing because one of the main reasons for attending a smaller, out-of-the-way school like UWyo is the hope of having a more intimate connection with the faculty and other graduate students.

    Aside from that, there seems to be a heavy bias in favor of students who attended UWyo for their undergraduate degrees. Since there is very little formal advising or knowable way to voice concerns or issues, those students with existing connections have a huge advantage. Those students also often receive compensation advantages in the form of bonuses and elevated pay rates.

    I have reached out to my superiors about these issues and I have doubts that any serious changes will arrive soon. I'm considering transferring to another school.

    Advice to Management

    Organize. Provide effective and open points of contact to establish relationships with graduate assistants.


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