University Of Texas Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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The University of Texas at Austin, often referred to as UT Austin, UT, or Texas, is a public research university in Austin, Texas, and the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the University of Texas was inducted into the Association of American Universities in 1929, becoming only the third university in the American South to be elected. The institution has the nation's eighth-largest single-campus enrollment, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff.

An anonymous student from Engineering Degree shares some thoughts about studying at The University of Texas in a review posted by GRAD REPORTS website: "The university is full of resources, however, the system is so bureaucracy and haste. You have to master paperwork before you master your degree. UT has given me a hard time since I arrived on campus. The administration will do anything to make it hard for you. They reevaluated my admission and they kept me on my toes although I am one of the best candidates and I was accepted in much better universities. They also delayed my graduation one semester because I missed a deadline and they were short on evaluators to finish the evaluation application. Teachers are very racist and they would make fun of international students in the class. They would assume that you are treated badly in your country and they would treat you the same way. The university is full of assistance centers that would try to handle your anxiety since they know that THEY STRESS YOU OUT MORE THAN THEY SHOULD. You will always receive emails from the mental health center, I wondered why in the beginning but now I know for sure the reason. It is definitely research focused and they care the least about students. Keep away from this university."


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Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"University of Texas has many challenging issues when it comes to diversity and equal opportunity. The thing that makes any company great is its employees, and University of Texas has lost that focus, and ability to be fair with all the employees. Communications is poor, and attitude of management needs improvement. It is important to have communications at all levels, if you are going to continue to be successful/profitable in this business, you need to continue communications and motivate your employees. As for my experience with this company, and issues, I am moving on to another opportunity. Discrimination is at University of Texas."

Instructional Designer (Former Employee) says

"I grew up in Austin and the whole city has changed. This school is now run by yuppies and politicians. Walk into the student center and you learn about how the patriarchy is to blame for everything. I thought this would be a dream job but it turned into a nightmare,"

Medical Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Room patients, Gather vital signs, enter patient information in EHR. Prepare patient for doctor, Communicate with doctor about patients complaints, give injections per doctor request, complete POC testing, assist with any wound care. Provide patient with any information or referrals needed."

Accountant I (Former Employee) says

"Do not work for the athletics department. They laid me off after I trained all the new staff. It is a good old boy system and if you do not play the game, you do not get the opportunity to advance in your position and their expectations are too high for the low salaries they pay. Athletics are only concerned with the elite and higher up management and do not care about the workers who are the backbone and have to have 2 or more jobs just to be able to survive."

Parking Enforcement Officer (Current Employee) says

"This company will suck the life out of you. They lie, cheat and care about no one but themselves. They expect much and give nothing in return. No respect for employees or veterans. Cons: Everything"

Project Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"My experience working at UT was horrible. It is a bureaucratic institution with little to no regard for work contributions. The culture is outdated and extremely hierarchical. Would not recommend anyone to work in a place such as UT."

Executive Assistant to McCombs CMO (Former Employee) says

"the manager was unqualified and had no idea how to complete a task or communicate. There are no standards that are followed or upheld at all. The Dean allows this poor behavior. Cons: everythiing"

Secretary (Former Employee) says

"I provided word processing for annual faculty report, resumes, and letters of reference and recruitment. I communicated with professors and associate chairman regarding assignments. Cons: short breaks, great vacations"

Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) says

"I was a Teachers' Assistant for the Introductory Biology Labs. The labs were well organized and I felt they were beneficial to students. After working as a Teachers' Assistant for the labs for some time, the Manager of the Labs took me aside and told me that I was, "one of the weakest Teachers' Assistant employed there." I understand this is a legitimate evaluation, however the manager did not tell me in what areas I was weak, or how I could improve in these areas (in retrospect, I should have asked.) It seems like, since The University of Texas is an educational institution, there should be a decent amount of room to identify areas of weakness in teaching and allow the Teachers' Assistant to improve in these areas, however this culture was not present for Teachers' Assistants in the Introductory Biology Labs. Cons: Lack of evaluation or means to improve in work performance"

Research Lab Technician (Former Employee) says

"Job often required long hours and the pay was low with no benefits. Grad students often piled on projects with little thought to deadlines."

Graduate Research Assistant, Computational Physics (Former Employee) says

"Fell through the cracks here. No oversight. Lucky to get out alive."

Graduate Assistant (Former Employee) says

"I was a graduate assistant at UTEP not UTA. My experience at UTEP was priceless. I gained my sense of independence as an Athletic Trainer and became confident with my decisions."

Project Management, Construction Services (Current Employee) says

"After 22 years of loyal dedicated service my management has nothing to offer in the way of advancement. They refuse to meet my salary requirement as mandated by the university's own policy."

Custodian (Current Employee) says

"I have been doing this type of work for 15 years and have never seen a more messed up program. best to let them think they know what they are doing and don't say anything. plan to take a different job as things seem to get worse every day with little guidance from management. you might want to brush up on your Spanish before taking this job as most of the employees don't speak any English and your pretty much on your own Cons: everything"

Barista (Current Employee) says

"No matter where you find yourself working at UT the same story will apply. You will interview with people who tell you that the work environment is everything you'd want in an easy job. They'll assure you that you wont take this work home with you and you'll have plenty of free time to take advantage of their free class per semester policy for full time employees. This couldn't be further from the truth! I work from 6:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday then I drive over an hour home through the thick Austin traffic. I have tried time and time again to reduce my working hours but unfortunately I'm good at my job and they refuse to hire help for me so I have to stay to pick up the slack. The professors are rude and entitled, they'll try to take advantage of you at every opportunity. Upper management will tell you that you should act like you own where you work then completely undermine their policies that you were enforcing. The students are understandably stressed and rude. They hit on you non-stop and when it isn't recprocated you are the one at fault. I have been reprimanded for "being rude" when all I did was tell the student that not only is it against the company policy for employees to date student but that I wasn't interested. Then I was told the following, "Don't break the rules, but make sure their happy." I refuse to be bought and sold at my job, I refuse to play these political games. Cons: no breaks, standing all day, incompetent coworkers, lack of support, unorganized, backward policies."

Research Scientist Associate (Former Employee) says

"They were able to build a lot of new buildings at UT but never give their staff even the minor 2% raise to keep up with the standard of living in Austin the entire time I worked there."

Food Prep, Counter Server (Former Employee) says

"WORST CO-WORKERS EVER!! And management refused to hold workers accountable."

Gardner (Current Employee) says

"The University is a beautiful place externally. Once you get inside the workplace environment, especially the Facilities Department, managerial problems will kill your drive to work or be productive. Life inside the day to day is excruciatingly mentally and physically draining. The upward advancement is based off a who-you-know basis and does not empower advancement using education or work experience in consideration. Every day is a bully filled reminder of what happens when you work for a state institution that cannot fire the upper management and therefore you will become stagnant of new ideas and become a yes man. Cons: Management, H.R., upward mobility"

Auditor II (Former Employee) says

"Management is not interested in advancing or helping others succeed. Rather, they monitor cubicle discussions and harp on non work related conversations and compensate by fostering a hostile work environment where workers are castigated for speaking in the office."

Telecommunications Operator (Former Employee) says

"Upon arrival, I saw that there were only three minorities out of the 80 or so personnel there. You MUST fit in or you will be treated with hostility. Too much profanity, inappropriate joking, i.e., racists comments. You are expected to overlook blatant ethic violations. If you report a legitimate act of discrimination, you will be looking for another job! Cons: White Only, closed-knit, cliques, hostile"

Former Employee - Police Officer says

"I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time for more than a year Cons: - No vision here from leadership - Very time consuming meetings that lead to more confusion - Policies in place are implemented differently dependent upon "favoritism" - Command will ask for feedback and then minimize your feedback and attempt to make you feel stupid like there is no real issue present - Schedule changes approx. 2 times a month on average - People call out sick so be prepared to work the entire campus as one officer with one sgt that will often sit in the office and not even have the radio on - Politicking is everything here. If you know the right person you'll get out of DWI's, bad policing behavior, negative body camera footage, etc. - Promotion boards are ambiguous and everyone already knows who will get promoted before they even board -There are "divisions" but they expect different groups not to look down on others. Some officers will be patrolling the whole shift while others sit in a room and just talk the whole time - You'll bring all this to command and they'll tell you things like "oh i've never heard that before" - Rotating sgts for night shifts is not ideal"

Current Employee - Law SchoolCareer Services says

"I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time Cons: Way too high pressure, run poorly, bad management"

Former Employee - EH&S Lab Safety Specialist says

"I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time for less than a year Cons: The lab supervisor is a dinosaur."

Current Employee - Administrative Assistant says

"I have been working at University of Texas at Austin part-time Cons: Low pay and bad benefits"

Former Employee - Adminisrative Assistant says

"I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time Cons: Staff are not respected by faculty or upper administration. They can be let go on a whim by admin who are not direct supervisors, and there is no process for delivering feedback, or working to resolve issues if they arise. Also, the salaries for staff are not liveable. Most staff have second or third jobs to support their low UT salaries which lead to massive burnout."

Current Employee - Director says

"I have been working at University of Texas at Austin full-time Cons: Decisions are based on what the donors want and things can change instantly if a donor is not happy. This is a chaotic environment when leading and managing your team especially when decisions should be made based on what is best for students."

Former Employee - HVAC Maintenance Technician says

"I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Poor management and poor to no training."

Former Employee - Command Center Operator says

"I worked at University of Texas at Austin full-time for less than a year Cons: Substandard pay, messy HR processes, University does not care for its employees"

Former Employee - Part Time says

"I worked at University of Texas at Austin part-time for more than a year Cons: management isn't friendly, not flexible enough"

Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant says

"I worked at University of Texas at Austin part-time for more than a year Cons: There is no pedagogical training for TAs despite our being the main point of contact for students in large lecture courses. It's a lot of work for very little pay especially given the cost of living in Austin. Almost all grading and logistical course support is done by TAs, so the university could not function for a single week without us, yet does not pay a living wage, which is unacceptable."

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