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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 19 January 2015
Updated 19 January 2015
382 Reviews
3.9
382 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits and reasonable work-life balance, if you want it (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance in my role, even though they emphasize it because it's non-profit (in 6 reviews)

  • Not enough room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great for alumni

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    Current Employee - Senior Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Lower up front salary than comparable positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    I work in a great office. Very little office bureaucracy and supportive management.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Very flexible and accommodating. Positive working environment. Not opposed to change or new ideas.

    Cons

    Kind of low salary compared other industries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Very hierarchical but great support structure, good management, high expectations, fast-paced environment, often working evenings and weekends, ample paid time off, many opportunities for personal growth

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, you will likely have several people to report to, lots of red tape to go through when trying to make changes, a lot of institutional bias and adversity to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great university

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This is a good place for collaborations, access to many facilities for research, and some help with professional development. The benefits are decent enough.

    Cons

    There is a big pressure not to take vacation days or sick days even if they are designated for use. The publish or die culture is still there but depending on the department or lab, the pressure will vary. There are a few stereotypes associated with the university that may make it difficult to approach certain positions at smaller universities or colleges. The tendency of having stress related issues seem high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the use or vacation and stress management to employees, not just the students. Work like balance is critical for productive people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Enjoyed the work experience in the University of Chicago

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Technician in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A Good work and life balance environment.

    Cons

    In the biology area, employee's payment is lower than other area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize some people who works hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Research Professional review

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    Current Employee - Research Professional Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Research Professional Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Great research environment, positive lab, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer postdocs/ research professional ways to move up the salary ladder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I thought it was pretty good

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People were very very nice

    Cons

    Work was very very hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More money would have been nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    highly stratified treatment of staff, faculty, and graduate instructors

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful location, brilliant people, lots of resources.

    Cons

    The university does not treat its various types of employees with similar levels of respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    best part-time job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Circulation Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Circulation Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - flexible hours
    - fun atmosphere
    - great pay

    Cons

    it's the perfect campus job, but it doesn't contribute much to your resume

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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