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Great workplace with amazing people, would recommend anyone to work here. However, the pay is not the greatest, especially comparing to other places in the field, but the benefits are fantastic.
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Great company to wotk with

Had one of the easiest on campus jobs, recommend finding a very very good works tudy job if possible and that hsould give you a very good work life balance as a student
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  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Time and location flexibility
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  • Fair pay for job

UMN Libraries are a mess

This review is about the Libraries specifically. There is a huge lack of leadership. The culture is in shambles and people are trying to get out. The Dean and AULS need to listen to staff and seriously work on their change management skills.
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Great learning experience

Working in a lab at the University of Minnesota was a great way to learn new skills and apply my education. I met a lot of great people and have always been treated well.
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Allows you to study!

Management was relative easy to work with. During my time, they switched managers frequently due to changes in organization, but all were pretty hands-off. You’re alone at the desk most of the time and can study in your free time (often).
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What is the best part of working at the company?Passive aggressive, ego maniacs. Poorly managed, they could reduce their staff by half and reduce costs to students and tax payers and get more done. Worst work experience ever.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Poor managemt, ego problems make work unpleasant and unproductive.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Passive aggressive, abusive... psychologically damaging.
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1 star

What is the best part of working at the company?Benefits are good But I can’t say much more than that.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Hours vary on shifts and there is no personal say in when or where you work. Your job can change your life in a flash and you have no control.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Toxic. So much distrust and suspicion; no real information is ever shared.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Do as you are told and shut the F up. Personal opinions and ideas are not welcome.
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Large department with work flexibility

The work in university is not that stressful as outside. Although the compensation might be lesser, the work life balance and flexibility are always good.
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Very relaxed student worker position

Very relaxed student worker position. I do work at work while working. The work is work. The work is pretty workful. When I work I do work. It's quite working.
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5 stars

What is the best part of working at the company?Amazing staff, great resources, wonderful support, terrific students What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Working remotely was very stressful during the height of the pandemicWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Very student focused. Great attention to resources needed for student success and the U has the capacity to provide programs to facilitate success for every studentWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Very busy. 5-6 student appointments, faculty/staff consultation, outreach presentation, staff meeting
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As a student worker, its fine. Just a job

Work was fine, but sometimes stagnant where nothing was going on. Was during covid too so no one really was there at certain times due to everyone being wfh
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Great mission and heart in the right place

- a lot more flexibility- good compensation and benefits- great perks- poor diversity but there is a great focus on DEI initiatives- Too much politics, power plays- Executive Leadership team, is always trying to compete with each other, not act as a team, do not walk the talk when it comes to hiring diverse talent
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Research Assistant

The experience is useful if you are interested in research or grad school. The positions are generally underpaid and require a lot of time. Position may be hit or miss depending on who you PI and grad students you work with are.




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Good place to work

Easy and good place to work. On average I worked 5 hours a week and was not overwhelmed with stuff to do. Is a good resume builder and allows you to learn more stuff about the subject you’re interested in.
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5 stars

What is the best part of working at the company?Did not have to worry about getting paid.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Got to work with painters(or people) that I attended school with.meaning your in painting school & your learning all these skills your going to use in the Painting then you see them put to use like when we sandblasted & painted the walking bridge that connect the east &west Bank at the U.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?The work environment was great the first day they give you a packet of info that tells you about all the stuff that goes on around the U.What is a typical day like for you at the company?The day is like any other employment,the only thing that is not typical is finding parking.
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Boring and little pay

The work is incredibly mind numbing and there is little to no office/lab community. I hardly interact with my coworkers. The pay is not good either. It's not hard work, but not rewarding.
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very enjoyable academic environment

large array of academic activityOverall enjoyable academic spirit.U of M cares about diversity.World top level lab in my area of research.Good research support.Good collaborative spirit.Training resources.Not clear to me why this review is too short to avoid error messages ??!?!I find that negative feedback rather annoying and counter productive,
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Set your own hours, and pick off from a list of clients

Overall good place be a trainer. The biggest advantage is you choose clients from a list who are intrested in training, so you don’t have to walk the floor to find your own. The downside is the lower hourly rate trade off.
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Strap in for all work and no pay

Get ready for them to load you plum full of work and pay you next to nothing. Expect to work nights and weekends. Managers are not supportive and will hang you out to dry.


Flexable hours


Pay does not reflect market average or compensate for amount of responsibilities, Management keeps piling on work without extra pay, Yearly review process is extensive and the most you get is a 2% raise.
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Orientation Leader

This was just an on-campus summer job and it's a lot of fun to work with other college students, meet new college students, and be in Duluth in the summer. It's a minimum wage job, but it is so much fun. I'd say the best takeaway skills is communication. After this job, you'll feel it's a lot easier to meet new people and help others through communication, even if you're already an outgoing person!


Duluth Summer is awesome, working with friends, meeting new people, communication skills


Minimum wage and not usually 40 hours/week
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Extreme favoritism, lack of any management accountability

The University has got great benefits and overall is a fun atmosphere to be in getting to help students. However, the negatives outweigh the positives. Management plays favorites and there is unequal treatment. Raises are miniscule while admin/leadership get huge increases. No levels of management or admin are held accountable by anyone for their actions, reports are ignored and compliance officers do nothing to help employees.
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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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