The experience of working at the University differs depending what unit you apply to. I worked there ten years and the management is overpaid and dysfunctional. There is no room for advancement. Most of the staff are women are they are not treated well. I would not choose to work here if you are trying to advance your career. The best part of the job was that is was close to where I lived and access to the library. The work was not challenging and there is no accountability at the management level.
Food Service Worker (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – March 1, 2016
The employees are great but the management shows favoritism and they are horrible at handling job related issues and they are quick to point the finger,not enough help when you need it and they are only concerned about themselves not you. I had to constantly ask for new chef coats for 3 months and never got not one but they stressed about being in clean uniforms lol.
Bad management, unorganized operation, no team work
I loved working at the U. Unfortunately the food service management company is outsourced through Aramark, and does not necessarily follow the high standards of excellence that the University does in the treatment of their employees.
Great place to work, awesome benefits, competitive pay
Senior Manager, Marketing and Project Management (Current Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – May 15, 2016
Very difficult to advance. Job classifications vary drastically. If you are at P&A status your sick and vacation along with retirement are nice. Very slow to get anything done and many people settle for mediocrity.
Building and Grounds Worker (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – February 11, 2016
Spent the majority of the time cleaning bathrooms and interacting with the student population. The job was enjoyable, the work culture was positive and I had no real problems with other people that I came in contact with on a daily basis. I would definitely recommend the University of Minnesota as a secure, fun and rewarding work environment.
Graduate School Fellow (Current Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – March 9, 2016
I am currently in the process of finishing my doctoral degree in the Dept of Biochemistry. My research focuses on studying lipid breakdown in the liver in models of Fatty Liver Disease (FLD), enhanced triglyceride clearance and overall reduction in progression of the metabolic syndrome.
Principal Investigator - UROP (Former Employee) – Minnesota – March 26, 2016
It is a great opportunity to work at the institution in which I am studying, nonetheless in the department in which I am pursuing a degree within. Working under brilliant minds provides for new experiences and constantly learning more and more relevant processes relating to my field of study.
ASSOCIATE ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (Current Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – March 9, 2016
This is a very highly rated University nation wide. It has been a wonderful experience to work there. The courses which I lecture, enable me to meet students from around the world which bolsters the international learning experience.
Assignments are not easy but relaxing compared to studies, met new friends from different countries here. Usual work tasks include vacuuming, trash cleaning. Cleans rooms and room flip over during semester breaks. Perform cleaning projects such as carpet cleaning using machinery included carpet extractor and carpet buffer.
This facility is equipped with state-of-the-art mass spectrometers. Stuffs are very helpful, knowledgable, fun to work with and take their jobs seriously. This is one of the best carcinogenic DNA adducts/adductomics mass spectrometry research center worldwide.
IT Desktop Support Technician (Current Employee) – Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN – April 15, 2016
Provide timely, courteous and correct IT Desktop Support to Staff, Faculty, and Students of the University by following ITIL standards Support all University owned technology devices including PCs, Macs, printers, and mobile devices Assist end users with placing orders, imaging computers, configuring and deploying computers and software Ensure all Support Incidents and tasks are resolved in a timely and efficient manor while providing excellent customer service. Being a mentor to colleagues by providing training, answering questions, and giving suggestions to new technicians in our zone Setting up and configuring jacks on the network for various devices such as specialized lab equipment, printers, and computers Manage Active Directory by ensuring users and computers are in the correct groups and OU’s to ensure they are receiving the correct group policies
The office of residential life for UMM has been a great work experience for me. My employers and fellow employees are very understandable about work schedules for students, single parents, workers with mental health needs, etc. If someone is sick and unable to make it in to work everyone is willing and able to come together and share extra work duty so everyone is able to go home on time. Training and safety is taken very seriously and handled with great care. Everyone is required to attend all trainings that are relevant and applicable to specific equipment and job positions within the university.
The University like many higher education institutions is managed from the bottom up. Individual colleges have the power with little control from the top. As a result, it is a competitive rather than a collaborative culture with each college and business unit competing for dollars and recognition. You need to be comfortable with ambiguity and slow processes. In addition, annual contracts for professional employees means you can be released from your contract with 30 days notice on an annual basis if they don't decide to renew.
That said, the relaxed atmosphere leads to low expectations and the benefits are admirable.
Good medical with low deductible, 75% tuition reimbursement, 22 vacation days, 11 holidays and unlimited sick days
Poor leadership across the campus, slow to move, annual contracts that must be renewed
A typical day at work involves analyzing simulation results, planning for more simulations, reporting the results through well documented reports and discussing the future work with a research advisor. My learning curve has been steep since I became a computational fluid dynamics guy within a span of 7 months. An experienced team, computational resources and lots of web resources helped me gain experiencing in transforming a physical problem into a solvable computational fluid dynamics problem. I learnt how to model intricate geometries using design software, how to mesh the fluid domain based on the physics of the problem, identify what turbulence and transport models are to be used, how to assess convergence, how to post process the results and how to automate the process by using journal files and scripts. The hardest and the most enjoyable parts of the job are the same - the learning curve.
Lead Peer Learning Consultant (Current Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – April 15, 2016
It has been great working on campus. Co-workers are nice; the manager is approachable and helpful. I've gained so much communication skill and interpersonal skill to work with people and also how to do teamworks.