University of Texas at Austin Employee Reviews in United States

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Productive fun workplace to learn about martial arts
Intern (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 21, 2015
Fun workplace with great instructors, students, and supportive parents. Everyone comes here to work hard and become great
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Lack of challenge and advancement
Fleet Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 1, 2014
Working for the University has no challenges and even though the people in general are good to work with it is easy to get stagnant.
Pros
benefits
Cons
slim chance of advancement, lower than fair market pay
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Great Place to work
Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 12, 2015
I love working here! Great opportunities! This has been such a great opportunity. Everone is willing to help you learn and grow
Pros
Classes
Cons
not enough room for advancement
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Very Enjoyable
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Current Employee) –  HoustonMay 31, 2015
I work in Laboratory Medicine and although there isn't a lot of room for advancement, you have to try very hard to get fired. Management has gotten far better in the past year and I suspect it will only get better. Don't get too attached to the idea of moving up unless your're willing to leave the department.
Pros
Work doesn't follow you home
Cons
Annyoing coworkers, having to work weekends
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Great learning experience
Undergraduate Researcher (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 2, 2015
Very simple work day. You're allowed to explore option and thinking critically about a problem is encouraged. It's a lot of fun being the driving force behind the end goal of the product.
Pros
Free snacks on Fridays
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Serious reseach with occasional fun
Research Engineering Scientist Associate (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 2, 2015
Flexible work hours
Friendly work environment
Good benefits
Long work hours with high stress level like any other research laboratory
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Great Place to Work
Medical Secretary III - Department of Radiology (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXFebruary 26, 2013
A typical day at work would be to review/answer emails
Type medical protocols
Medical Transcription
Answering/Screening phone calls
Copying/Faxing/Scanning documents
Prepare Travel Reservations
Travel Expense Reports
Preparing Slides for Presentation
Conference Room Scheduling
Pros
great place to work
Cons
pay compensation could have been better
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A great place to work with great people
Lab Technician Service Supervisor II (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 20, 2013
I love working at the University of Texas at Austin. I have worked here all my professional life and have had the pleasure of working with some of the best and brightest.
Pros
great hours, great people, great environment, great benefits
Cons
advancement, pay
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Great facilities at an established University
Research assistant (Former Employee) –  Department of ChemistryOctober 25, 2015
I worked as a student researcher. I liked my work, met great people, and enjoyed the top notch facilities that come with an established university. UT is constantly doing renovations and renewing equipment. The instruments were always top notch.
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Great incentives and room for advancement
Administrative Associate (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 2, 2014
Very stable working environment; great compensation plan; very flexible with small children schedules
Pros
very stable employer
Cons
change in management
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Lacks domestic partner benefits
Director-level position (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 29, 2014
Day to day, working at UT was fine. However, when it came to respecting my work and my civil rights, I felt ignored and undervalued. UT is not the place to go if you are looking for a competitive salary and equal rights for you and your family.
Cons
no domestic partner benefits
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Very good place to work and retire
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TXJuly 6, 2015
One the best places to live in USA is Texas and one of the best places to work in Texas is the University of Texas System. Typical day starts with getting to your desk and reviewing what you did the previous day. You get work instructions whether from a person with Master degree or a PhD. Your work is scientific and you help those in need of medical treatment and you will be proud of yourself to do so. If you are directly hired by the system but not a contractor or research grant employee, you don't want to lose your job easily as it is very secured.The most enjoyable part of the job is when you have done something that has helped a person in need of medication no matter what you did.
Pros
Secure employment, environmentally clean place
Cons
Non at all
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Good place to work if you find the right nitch
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 29, 2012
I can't describe a "typical" day because there are so many different departments where you can work. Although there are some constants associated with most of the administrative positions, every department offers a different work environment.
Pros
great benefits
Cons
no firm rules governing mid level managers
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Great place for grad students
Teaching/Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 2, 2013
As a grad student, if you get a 20-hr. appointment, you get full health benefits, plus access to the medical facility on campus, which has just about everything a person could need.
Pros
laid back, supportive culture
Cons
the pay isn't great, but it also comes with a tuition break, so it kinda evens out.
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Good benefits, if you can put up with bad pay, terrible managers, lack of advancement, and routine layoffs
Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 12, 2015
There was a time when job candidates were told by UT Austin interviewers "If you take care of UT, UT will take care of you. You'll never see an industry-grade salary, but you'll come close. You'll have both good benefits and a good working environment. You'll work 40 hours a week, and we don't do layoffs."

They don't say that anymore, and will deny ever having said it. That's because it was only true up to a point when they said it (though even paying lip service to those ideals said something good about University values at the time), and would merely be a pack of lies today. The exception is the benefits, which are good, but remember that you're locked into the Teacher's Retirement System, so you need stay at the University long enough to vest, and with University-wide and departmental layoffs standard operating procedure since 2003, that's a lot harder than it once was.

Even as a Senior Software Engineer you're likely to earn at least $35K/year less than industry is paying, and your retirement (if you can stick it out long enough) will be based on the average of your highest five yearly salaries. For many years now, money for salaries has been so tight that holding your own against inflation has beeen problematic, so forget any fantasies about anyone doing the right thing for you in your last five years.

The software developer's career ladder has also been severely truncated over the years, which means that during your career, just a few promotions (your only chance for significant raises) are possible. Once you hit Senior Software Engineer, forget about meaningful salary
  more... growth. (Job opportunities at UT are few due to the budget problems, so jumping between jobs within the institution is an unlikely source of useful salary bumps.)

In the IT sphere you can mostly expect bad, even actively abusive, managers. On the plus side, though, they are deeply concerned about career advancement and salaries. On the minus side, it is only their own advancement and salaries they are concerned about, so the politics among them are vicious and that trickles down to make already iffy and chaotic working conditions even worse.

As various people have said of the management: Those people are so bad, that even if they're not trying to make you so miserable that you'll quit, quitting is your best option. And of the UT employment experience as a whole: Get out - get out now - it'll be the best move you've ever made.

Don't be fooled into thinking it is a rich University due to all the construction on campus, the new medical school, etc. That is funded by the Permanent University Fund, private donors, etc. Staff salaries, on the other hand, are funded by the Texas Legislature, which seems to be opposed to public education at all levels.
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Pros
good medical benefits, interesting place, some very interesting people
Cons
constant budget problems depressing salaries, and causing routine layoffs. a lot (perhaps most) of the management is stunningly bad.
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Solid work experience and room for advancement.
Conference Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 17, 2012
Despite size of the university, there is room for advancement, if you're willing to put in the time and effort. Excellent health and vacation benefits. Though not layoff immune, less vulnerable to shifts in the economy.
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Great place to work
Sr. Student Consultant, ITS Help Desk (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 15, 2015
Life at the ITS help desk is fantastic for students. A great flexible balance between school and work. Highly recommend this position for any students interested in IT work on the side.
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Great Job
Security Officer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 2, 2013
Excellent place to have a career by far the best workplace I have ever encountered.
Pros
location of workplace, environment, benefits, co workers, team spirit, unlimited perks and discounts, free education, wide array of resources to use and discover
Cons
commute
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All depends on what department you work in
Program Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 23, 2012
If you are in a domestic partnership, you should know up front, UT does not offer domestic partner benefits. Culture here varies between departments, and there is a lot of red tape--it's a huge university.
Pros
the students, other staff
Cons
lack of equality in benefits
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good place to learn and work.
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 16, 2014
All I can say is that it is an amazing place to work and learn.

All the coworkers are helpful and its interesting experience to know their work .
Pros
benefits
Cons
too many things to manage.
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