While doing research at University of Memphis it was very calm and relaxed which made me feel very comfortable but there were moments where I felt it to be a bit to lax to some degree making it hard to always know exactly what to do or what task needed to be preformed. If I am told what to do and shown how to do it, only if I do not know, I will try my best to complete the task but while doing research at the university of memphis's chemistry department, there were a lot of moments where I did not know exactly what to do making it somewhat very poorly managed, but all in all I really enjoyed learning about new things and studying in the field of science. I will add that the reason for this may be due to my mentor being a bit busier than usual due to her own schedule which is totally understandable
This job helped in providing experience I needed while wanting us to focus on school. The typical tasks were communicating with students, staff, and the public. I answered phones, worked to help protect the university, and work with my bosses in bettering the experience of the campus. I will enjoyed that it worked around my class schedule and allowed us to work on school work if we did not need to help any one.
scheduling, allowed me to work on classwork
We could not work any more than 20 hours a week or get raises
Any pursuit of a degree higher than a bachelors should be expected to come with minimum pay and no benefits. The research tends to be its own reward, however, the pay was not even nearly living wages as is normal for a GA, I would assume. This specific assistantship was particularly abysmal, due to management focusing much more on side pursuits and money than the research and the science.
Overall a good place to work. Good benefits. Salaries could be higher. Management could be more in touch with how things work on the ground. Extremely short staffed so job duties are added constantly. Positions turn over quickly because of this so watch job boards for a while before applying so you can know who stays and who leaves.
I was being held back due to others preferring white over blacks. Could not obtain the support required to handle the job - training, co-worker support. Backstabbing overwhelming. I brought over ten years of experience and there was no reason why I was let go when I received praises for work well done.
Front Desk Assistant (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – April 28, 2016
They always worked around my schedule. I enjoyed the benefits of being able to work at my own pace. The co-workers are friendly. I learned many new skills on my own and while learning from others. The hardest part of this job is keeping up with the pace when the school year starts to get hectic.
While the management could have been better, especially in terms of advancement, the people were friendly and helpful. It was difficult to move up although I had more experience and education over that of my counterparts, I was bypassed multiple times for promotions. This became frustrating. The most enjoyable part of the job as the autonomy and freedom to create programs.
Human Resources Training Manager (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – March 13, 2017
The University of Memphis can be a very good company to work for...especially, if you are politically driven. If you cannot handle the office/organization's politics and the possibility of working hard and MAY not be supported because of your actions of integrity, etc., this might not be the best company for you.
Assistant Director of Operations (Current Employee) – Memphis, TN – February 9, 2017
No two days are the same and that is the best part. I learn new things about the NCAA everyday. The work culture is very diverse. I have learned a lot about women's basketball. My main sport is women's volleyball.
I enjoyed my time at the University of Memphis and left with a Master's Degree in Chemistry with an PhD level education I believe. It is possible that it was my particular research group but I feel that the Chemistry Department needs to figure out how to graduate Chemistry PhD's more efficiently and in a more timely manner.
Positive work environment, critical feedback, and sophisticated instrumentation.
Best job that I have came across. Laid back, constant work. And can work at your own pace. Very calm and understanding supervision. Makes Working something you look forward to. And overtime is available.
Doing your own work with no interruptions. Plenty of overtime work.
Housekeeping/Maintenance (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – March 13, 2017
Keeping ur surroundings beautiful and functioning properly is mandatory at the U of M.Sports facilities. Class rooms etc must be kept at a high level.A fun work Environment with. Opportunity to Succeed
Out of every university in the state, Memphis pays resident advisers the most. However, this is because advisers don't usually stick around too long. This is due to many conditions that are not ideal. Buildings seem to be constructed in ill ways and management will often ignore maintenance requests.