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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
333 Reviews
3.9
333 Reviews
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Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits and reasonable work-life balance, if you want it (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is allergic to responsibility, yet repressive of initiative (in 6 reviews)

  • There is little room for career growth and the salary is mediocre (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Grad Experience

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

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Definitely a great place to learn, really enjoyed working with the administrative staff and great research facilities.

    Cons

    Employment office help was lacking. Very little direction in terms of what to do for a new job once we graduated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more help to students looking to pursue alternative careers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Diverse Community, Full Workload.....Little room for growth

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity! No two employees are the same....the opportunities to work with people of all backgrounds is a valuable professional experience I enjoyed.

    Constant Workload- Never boring.

    Sense of community - working for a University was fresh and innovative in some areas

    Cons

    Compensation! I was never paid my worth and ultimately decided to leave due to that reason.

    Political- some senior leaders in some units take their job a little serious and act almost snobby. Its not a corporate world so some of the stringent decision making standards and stiff communication need to be relaxed.

    No room for growth-not many options for growth in individual units except for administrative roles, and transferring between units is very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay diverse and innovative....focus more on people and interpersonal relationships

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great leadership good people smart people

    Cons

    not good in terms of where all the money is going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Post Doc at UChicago

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Room for creativity, adequate PI funding, positive encouragement and support for NIH F32 award applications.

    Cons

    Reimbursement structure and HR paperwork is a complete mess. International Post Doc candidates, beware to complete your visa obligations well ahead of time- the international office on campus that deals with your paperwork is known to be very incompetent. Overall Cons- support, clerical, and base-level admin staff is underpaid for the job obligations required of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay level for all of your employees, not just the University Administrators and a few select faculty members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent environment

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great university, excellent academic experience, the university is prestigious and well connected to the market, especially with the financial industry.

    Cons

    Very competitive, not great social life or neighborhood location (however downtown Chicago is only 10' drive).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Research assistant at a lab in the biological sciences division

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. Useful experience in research and research practices. Lots of hands on work. Good mix of wet lab experience and data analysis.

    Cons

    Low pay and little office culture. Not too much to complain about in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    So far it is going very well. Beautiful campus, great department.

    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a lot of guidance from advisors and other students. As a grad student you get a nice work area and plenty of guidance and structure. I am just starting but already have an idea of the big picture

    Cons

    Weather is a bit taxing. Also it is not in the nicest of neighborhoods. It would also be nice if there were more textbooks available for common use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have professors in charge that are more directly connected with curriculum so they can provide more details.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Analyst

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location, Co-workers, Cafeteria, Parking, Nothing else

    Cons

    Everything else from the Salary on up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like you would expect to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Heavily segmented and decentralized fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    No matter where you work, you will work with bright minds, strong resources tackling issues for the university. Beautiful campus, rich history and name recognition

    Cons

    leadership and power are segmented amongst departments pretty strongly here. which inevitably leads to weird exceptions to organization-wide rules. Oftentimes interactions with middle management in various departments left me wondering if there is enough psychological therapy offered to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great University

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

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lovely campus, very nice offices

    Cons

    Tendency to let go of older women employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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