Research Intern (Former Employee), Denver, CO – September 9, 2014
As a graduate student, I worked as a research intern in 4 different immunology labs. As an intern, I learned to manage my time, organize my experiments by priority, and present data to critical crowd. This was a self-motivating job; nobody looked over me to make sure I was working and I was free to decide when and how hard I worked. I participated in – more... 4 research projects, in which 2 generated usable data, and 1 generated publishable data. The hardest part was juggling the expectations of my lecture courses, while still producing high-quality data. I loved being able to go at my own pace, as I tend to be a very quick learner and want to move on to the next thing right away! – less
Accounting Tech III (Former Employee), Boulder, CO – August 1, 2014
Pros: consistancy and reliability of what was needed to serve the students
Cons: too many chiefs.
Working with International students was our daily responsibility. Answering phones and answering questions was one of the important responsibilities. Making sure the web site with the available sessions dates was kept current. Training the Student Assistants to answer and take student activity payments at every class break. The hardest part of the job – more... was having the Embassy sponsored students understand the importance of updating their Embassy online information to keep their scholarship current. What I enjoyed most about my job was working with multi cultural students walk away from my office satisfied and complete in our interactions. – less
Student Research Assistant (Former Employee), Aurora, CO – May 19, 2014
What I love most about the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus was that everyone cared so much about the research they did. It inspired me to be the best that I can. I learned many different laboratory techniques and the science behind it. More importantly, I learned how the results related to scientific concepts, which I found highly enjoyable.
Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee), Boulder, CO – May 18, 2014
It's like grad school all over again... Low pay, long hours, no room for advancement, burnt out scientist. Hopefully you know someone so you can find a job after you're done with five years of Postdoc'ing.
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