Pros: benefits, available training
Cons: parking, salary limits
The University of Minnesota is a great place to work. The organization provides its employees with excellent benefits and training opportunities..
A normal day in my current position is usually working with a variety of people - from the department head and other faculty, to financial staff and other office staff, to graduate and undergraduate students. – more... Since my position encompasses aspects of financial management, human resources and facilities management, days are rarely the same. My job is rather cyclical, so my focus is dependent on the time of the year. I do everything from balance a $3M budget to supervise office staff, manage all hiring processes, and coordinate facilities projects.
I have learned many, many things in my 14 years at the University. I've found that making connections with people in other departments and units around campus has proven to be a very valuable tool. I've learned to embrace change, as it usually proves to be beneficial in the long run. I've learned that the dynamics of the work place can contribute to a healthy environment, or erode a positive outlook. Working as a team is key - without that, problems will ensue.
The management at the University has changed quite a bit in the last several years. I agree with the direction it is going, and think it's in very capable hands. I've served on university-wide governance for several years, and found it to be a great way to obtain a deeper understanding of the organization.
My co-workers are mostly wonderful to work with. I've hired several communications assistants, and they have been amazing hires. It so rewarding to hire young people that are eager and willing to learn. I love this aspect of my work - being able to show new people all the resources and opportunities the University has to offer. It has also been very rewarding to bring new faculty and staff into the department.
The biggest challenge I have faced is supervising a woman who has been in the department for 33 years. Despite oral and written warnings, it is very difficult to 're-train' a long-term employee. The financial implications of retrenching her position make it fiscally unfeasible for the department. I've worked with several other people through out the organization that have had this same issue - poor performers are often times difficult to remove (due to contractual agreements), and subsequently, the unit has to work around a 'weak link'.
Overall, I've enjoyed my employment at the organization. I am at a place in life that I'd like to find new challenges and learn about other organizations outside of academia. – less