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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
269 Reviews
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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.  

    Diversity of roles and people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    It's a well revered institution in the country and has great pride associated with working here. There are lots of opportunities within the larger campus community for those who would like to switch departments/schools. There's decent work life balance depending on the office you work for (more stressful if working in admissions for example when deadlines have to be met). The school in itself offers great events/programs that staff can attend to learn more about the community and world issues.

    Cons

    It's very competitive to get into and it helps if you network well current employees to get a leg up in the hiring process. It's also very hierarchical, and very top down way of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offering more professional development opportunities to staff would help them maintain a pulse on new applications, technology and other ways to use new resources for the work we provide students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great People, very professional, easy to communicate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Compensation
    Ability to move up
    Leadership possibilities
    Multicultural
    Wonderful people
    Safe work environment
    Once hired nice job security
    Considered non profit for student loan repayment

    Cons

    Location safe, but technically south side
    In order to move up you really have to stand out, but very possible if you're hard working
    Easy to conform, so many do and then complain about not moving up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some departments need better management and organization.
    Others are great as they are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere, company doing great work you can be passionate about

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Crime Lab works on interesting projects and everyone who I've interacted with is very professional and efficient. People are dedicated to the research projects they work on. I worked mostly independently in high schools across the city and the Crime Lab paid for my transportation. The work they do is fascinating, and the people are all friendly and public service minded.

    Cons

    This is a great company to work for and I can't think of any cons. I worked here during college and they were very flexible with working around my schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No changes needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Overall positive experience - very high expectations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Top caliber staff
    Good work environment
    Flexible hours, but high expectations
    Pension plan

    Cons

    No annual bonus or perks (whatever base salary you agree too is what you will get).
    Pension plan only gets vested after 3 years

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working as an RCA is an easy, laid-back job suitable for a college student.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residential Computing Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Residential Computing Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    As an RCA you're given exposure to both faculty and other students and are given an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to their college experience by enhancing their technical accessibility.

    Cons

    Training is a bit lacking and much of the work can be repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the great work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job for a student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    As a part-time student worker, I had great flexibility of hours and opportunities to take on projects of my choosing. They're very willing to give you time for personal reasons and for classes, while also letting you pursue things you want to work on.

    Cons

    No real cons for a student worker -- the work-life balance was good, as was compensation at $12 per hour. However, there's no real way to move up or join after graduation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's a fine place to work as IT staff, but difficult to improve and grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Good benefits for staff and academics
    Relaxed environment as a non-profit organization
    Great place to work until retirement
    A lot of opportunities for young people to start somewhere

    Cons

    Certainly not the best place for IT career development
    Not much room for promotions
    Salaries are below the average for the IT industry
    No bonuses or other monetary incentives as this is a non-profit organization
    Very difficult to fine good talented people to place on the team and keep them long enough
    It's frustrating to work with HR and the university bureaucracy in general

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear direction for business development
    Ease up on HR requirements for hiring IT talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic technical experience in university clinical laboratory

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    All technicians have the opportunity to learn about the entire clinical process starting with the genetic counselor to cytogenetics and DNA analysis.

    Cons

    The salary is very entry level for new laboratory technicians, however the opportunity to learn about technologies used in a clinical space was invaluable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good place to do research

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    flexible hours
    friendly environment
    work with very talented people
    very competitive
    many thing to learn

    Cons

    too cold
    not very good location in the city

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very good experience for 20 years at a leading academic institution.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top-level University with a strong and diverse campus of students, faculty and administrators.

    Cons

    University struggles to stay engaged with surrounding community and neighborhoods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain loyal employees in good standing with a proven track record of quality performance across multiple jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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