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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
305 Reviews

3.8
305 Reviews
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Robert J. Zimmer
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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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  1.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    Decent first job out of college

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

    Pros

    smart people, lovely campus, decent benefits

    Cons

    low pay, little room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get pay/advancement opportunities in line with peer institutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A prestigious University mainly focused on theoretical research

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

    Pros

    Teaching load for TA varies from class to class but all are great experience for those who will later on teach in the college.

    Cons

    The University is not located in a very safe neighborhood and you have to stay alert while walking in the street.

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  5.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Research Lab Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Lab Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Very stable, nice HR people

    Cons

    Location is in Hyde Park

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Knowledge enriched, but not compensated equally.

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    Current Employee - Business Administrator  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The enthusiasm of the alumni makes it worth it. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Challenges are working with many different personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be more appreciative of employees. You did not achieve your goals without the help of others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good benefits, Bad communication

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice environment, good hours, good people

    Cons

    Training is nonexistent or poor, unorganized and no communication between departments, financial system from the stone age

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on overhauling your entire computer system from financials, to employees, to purchasing, and make ONE system that really works cross departmentally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for keeping the brain stimulated. Salary is below expectation.

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

    Pros

    Stimulating, demanding, intellectually rigorous environment. Great students! Absolute pleasure working with all levels of students.

    Cons

    Salaries are not transparent. Lots of pay discrepancies and inequities within the same categories.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equitable pay. Far more racial diversity needed at all levels of teaching--both tenured and non-tenured track.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    -Learned New Lab Techniques
    -Self-determined Work Hours

    Cons

    -Repetitive
    -Employer disinterest in exploring talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of research assistants, help strengthen their abilities as they are willing to help on any project. If you lead them well, they will continue working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Poor experience may be department specific.

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

    Pros

    Campus is beautiful. There are a lot of smart people around.

    Cons

    Research not valued in clinical departments. There are a lot of smart people around that are thinkers and not doers and a general attitude that U of Chicago is amazing in all aspects. Parking is a nightmare unless you want to pay for the garages, especially in the winter.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    small university museums

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

    Pros

    small teams make projects more manageable

    Cons

    poor management and delegation, no follow-up, pay is not reflective of work, micromanagement from the very top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train your managers, listen to your "front-line" staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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