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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL US

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.6 206 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

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Robert J. Zimmer

(10 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere(in 24 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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    Supportive environment for research-oriented undergraduates

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsThe faculty are very supportive of students who are interested in research. It's easy to approach labs, and most will take on undergrads with minimal experience. Undergrads get to participate in lab meetings and get hands-on research experience. There are often opportunities for summer and post-grad employment. Most labs are open to their undergrad research assistants completing honors work towards a senior project in the lab, often in conjunction with a graduate student.

    ConsSome labs expect undergrads to complete a considerable amount of administrative or secretarial work, in addition to research tasks. As an undergraduate, there are few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe explicit in the proportion of time expected for different tasks in job descriptions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place for scientific research

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsThe atmosphere for research is really good in University of Chicago. They are now building the new Institute of molecular engineering to strengthen the week part of engineer there.

    ConsThe salary for the staff is not very high, however, the benefit for child education is good since they will compensate the tuition for college study.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Development Job

    Prospect Research Analyst (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsExcellent professional development opportunities, balance of self-initiated projects and assigned projects, very professional staff. Well compensated for nonprofit field. Taken seriously as a professional.

    ConsVery large department, difficult to get to know everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe regular employee mixers and all-staff meetings are very useful--it is easy to get lost in such a huge department!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Brilliant

    Student Support Associate (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsVery friendly environment, flexible schedule

    ConsNot too many cons as far as I remembered

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    Excellent.

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsGood training in leadership, competitive academic environment in one of the top-tier universities in USA, and constant intellectual challenge that will never leave you bored.

    ConsSometimes work can get too competitive, and the location of the University is not in the best of neighborhoods in Chicago, but as long as you stay vigilant then it is fine.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Academic Environments Are Not All That You'd Expect

    Clerical (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsI was hired into a clerical position as an entry-level (recent grad) employee. There were lots of training opportunities, especially for specific software applications, if you knew which ones to pursue and could make the case for their relevance to your supervisor. Benefits were great and afforded lots of options; leave time was very generous (3 weeks vacation, 5 personal days, 10 sick days, lots of holidays, summer hours).

    ConsMentorship was minimal, and the bureaucracy made moving within the organization difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire smart, aspiring young people to do primarily rote data entry and filing unless you plan to really take the time to invest in their professional growth; growth along a clerical (union) trajectory is not the same thing, and very different skills are required to succeed in administrative support positions than in a strategic or analytical role.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent first job out of college

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    Prossmart people, lovely campus, decent benefits

    Conslow pay, little room for advancement

    Advice to Senior Managementget pay/advancement opportunities in line with peer institutions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work. Good professional environment and collaborative nature of work.

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsIt has a very collaborative environment. Lot of opportunities for networking with researchers.

    ConsLocation could be a problem for people looking to network with others in the industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to hone skills and become who you want to be in your career.

    Radiologic Technologist (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsSomething new to see and do constantly.

    ConsSame difficulties that face all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe business side of the healthcare industry is important for the hospital to grow but without the patients and employees nothing could be done. Success comes through the patients and employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Diverse work place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsLarge institution filled with all kinds of opportunities to grow your career. Faculty are generally nice to work with. Great people are among the workforce.

    ConsBusiness climate appears obvious and maintained only to the senior management. Young folks cannot sense professionalism easily. Needs more management leadership. Things are sometimes very slow and there is lack of incentive to work hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot yet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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