Drug and Alcohol Counselor CAC II (Former Employee), Denver, CO – March 7, 2014
Pros: making a difference
Cons: the challenges the children had to face
a typical day was working with adolescents that already had a few strikes against them in life, our job was to guide them and support the concept that there was light at the end of the dark tunnel they were stuck in
Research Associate (Former Employee), Boulder, CO – February 28, 2014
The benefits are fantastic here but the pay is not great. 5 weeks of vacation, 3 weeks of sick time, health, vision, and dental insurance are all affordable and a 10% match for retirement after one year (5% mandatory for you and CU contributes 10%). 2% pay increases per year is not really even cost of living increases.
Teachers Assistant / IMAP Assistant / Coordinator (Current Employee), Boulder, CO – February 17, 2014
Pros: creative workplace
Cons: since i was a student, some students don't see me as an authority figure when in classrooms
I started working at CU as a photo monitor helping check out equipment to other students, I soon moved up the ladder when working with the Integrated Media Art Program coordinator who took me under her wing and gave me more responsibilities. I started working one on one with her and her duties with the faculty and staff along with coordinating student – more... services in the department. After graduating they created a job and title for me to work along side the director again. I loved working with the same faculty who taught me all the skills and classes I now help teach. Its a very comfortable place and I have all these artistic creative minds surrounding me every day. – less
Community Assistant (Former Employee), Boulder, CO – January 7, 2014
With this job, I learned how it is to work with a very diverse team as well as independently. I also learned customer service skills, receptionist skills, paperwork skills, confidential letter skills, and Microsoft Word skills.
Poor Pay, Advancement Opportunities, and Management
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee), Aurora, CO – November 19, 2013
Pros: some good managers
Cons: some terrible managers, bad pay, bad coworkers
My supervisor was unreliable, dishonest, and manipulative. The work was very demanding, and the pay was horrible. One could only advance if someone left a position at a higher level, which is very demotivating. It facilitates an environment of distrust and competition between coworkers.
There is no additional incentive for having advanced AALAS certification.
The – more... facilities are nice, and the animals are well cared for. PI's and Research Assistants are kind and appreciative. – less
Research Assistant Intern (Former Employee), Aurora, CO – October 15, 2013
Pros: reward of helping others
Cons: low compensation and uncertainty
Large academic institutions operate as a sink or swim environment. It can be difficult to stand out as a researcher. I witnessed some of the struggles with funding and recruitment for studies. The benefit of this work and knowing that the study can make a positive impact on systems in place related to the research. Through research, medical treatments – more... and other interventions can be evaluated for the studied population. – less
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus provides a diverse body of students with opportunities to enhance their careers and research
Research Assistant (Former Employee), Aurora – September 23, 2013
Educating more than 14,000 students on our comprehensive campus in downtown Denver and more than 3,000 students in our research and advanced health care programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado Denver is one of the nation’s top public urban research universities.
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee), Boulder, CO – August 29, 2013
Cons: odd and hard to join culture
Teaching and Research Assistantships depend on whom you are working for. First TA was given very little guidance and poor communication made interactions worse. First RA was given very little guidance and was let go without any warning. Third TA was with a different department and it was very well organized, job duties were well defined and communication – more... was very open. – less
Great people, tough like any medical internship would be.
Surgery Intern (Former Employee), Denver, CO – August 7, 2013
Pros: great people
Great year. Loved the administration. I worked as a preliminary general surgery intern. The people were great and I am still in contact with them. Most of them are helpful and want you to succeed. Ancillary staff was fantastic to work with. Work days were long as usual for this type of job. Learning was facilitated well by all superiors and most peers.
Microbiology Intern (Former Employee), Aurora, CO – August 1, 2013
Pros: the lounge is perfect for networking
As an intern in the microbiology department I was encouraged to think independently. Initially I was instructed by my supervisor then as the internship progressed, I was given more credit to work on my own project. When I hit a dead end in my research, I had advice on where to go from there, and aid in interpretation of tests.
Being able to support those who need comfort and answers.
CU Athletics Promotional Reading Representative (Former Employee), Boulder, CO – July 22, 2013
Pros: also a flexible schedule
Cons: also unpaid
I was able to provide with the best of my knowledge, answers to those immigrants assimilating and made a difference in their lives. I was also simply a means of support when they were feeling weak and that alone was worth all the hours and work.