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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
380 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.  

    I thought it was pretty good

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    highly stratified treatment of staff, faculty, and graduate instructors

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    It's ok

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    Current Employee - Research Associate Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good University with good name

    Cons

    Don't work here if you want to go into biotech industry in the future

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Powerful ideas, great work being done, egos to match.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible schedule, receptive to new ideas.

    Cons

    Limited follow-through and vision. Hard to get people to commit to actually completing work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Policies focused on minimizing meeting time and maximizing productive hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Super

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Time off, salary, promotions, travel

    Cons

    Office culture, work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calm down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Heavily segmented and decentralized fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    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
  8.  

    Postdoctoral scholar at Uchicago

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great environment for interacting with really smart people, fantastic postdocs, grad students and faculty.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for personal growth in terms of finding collaborations across environments and department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Associate Director

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The University of Chicago is a great place to work if you are connected to the University. The University offers great benefits and training programs.

    Cons

    Depending on what department or division that you work for, there is not always enough room for career advancement. Annual salary increases are not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for career growth if you want to retain top employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Better than most universities for adjuncting but still poor

    Former Employee - Lecturer In the Humanities Core in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lecturer In the Humanities Core in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays much better than other universities for adjunct faculty positions, got an office, got reimbursed quickly for expenses, desk copies of textbooks reimbursed

    Cons

    When the president makes over $3 million a year, they can certainly compensate adjunct faculty better, library privileges were better when I was a grad student there, so that was a problem. obviously no benefits as an adjunct

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay all your teachers fairly, not just the upper level ones and provide benefits

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Academic Environments Are Not All That You'd Expect

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    Former Employee - Clerical in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clerical in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    I 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).

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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