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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
111 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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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    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.  

    Overall positive experience - very high expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    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
  3.  

    Fantastic technical experience in university clinical laboratory

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Chicago, IL

    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
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  5.  

    Good place to do research

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL

    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
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL

    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
  7.  

    Great university

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    This is a good place for collaborations, access to many facilities for research, and some help with professional development. The benefits are decent enough.

    Cons

    There is a big pressure not to take vacation days or sick days even if they are designated for use. The publish or die culture is still there but depending on the department or lab, the pressure will vary. There are a few stereotypes associated with the university that may make it difficult to approach certain positions at smaller universities or colleges. The tendency of having stress related issues seem high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the use or vacation and stress management to employees, not just the students. Work like balance is critical for productive people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research Professional review

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    Current Employee - Research Professional Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Professional Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Great research environment, positive lab, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer postdocs/ research professional ways to move up the salary ladder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Enjoyed the work experience in the University of Chicago

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    Former Employee - Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technician in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    A Good work and life balance environment.

    Cons

    In the biology area, employee's payment is lower than other area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize some people who works hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Departments are great - central administration varies

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Many departments stand by their students at every turn - in math, we get a year's guidance before we teach independently, and I can't name a reasonable request I've made of the department that was denied.

    Cons

    Central administration is... highly politicized/balkanized. Most of the people in it are good, but you're bounced from one person to another when the system's working - and when it's not, you're stuck talking to someone who (even if they seem competent) is probably deceiving you (or themselves) about what they can actually accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, communication, communication - get the different groups talking to each other! I know you're all busy, but at the moment it takes days to figure out where to turn to get something done - and if you get misdirected to someone who "can handle it all", you get stuck in limbo for months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Overall it is a nice place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The campus and neighborhood are very nice. The scientific facilities are exceptional. Many of the faculty are very good as well.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Sometimes work environment can be pretty caustic. A select few of the faculty are not nice people at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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