University of Chicago Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers are good people and the culture is one where people are able to get invested in a problem and dedicate time to fix it/improve it.

    Cons

    The location is a bit of a drag. It isn't really that easy to access via public transportation and the area is pretty dangerous if you go a few blocks off campus.

    Advice to Management

    Put more funding into making systems and facilities work better. Obviously the money is there, it just needs to be spent on modernization.

  2. I provided library services to people and offices, with a specialization in mixed technologies.

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    Former Employee - Library Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Library Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The community is a major pro. The workforce and university community is diverse, intelligent, and highly motivated. These attributed translate to innovation in the workplace. The University of Chicago also offers very good health and financial planning benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries for non-faculty staff are lower than in non-academic sectors. Due to its size and the close-knit nature of its tributary professional associations the University is prone to organizational inertia and top heaviness with somewhat limited opportunities for advancement. Tensions between unions and adminstration have led to a system where team performance is not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    More should be done to provide pay bonuses for team performance. This needs to addressed both by management and labor.

  3. Career Services Student Worker

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, and the work is just the right amount of demanding for a student worker.

    Cons

    You have many bosses in the Career Services office and it can be difficult to navigate priorities.

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  5. Business Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's a vibrant community where there's always a lot of interesting events going on. The professional standards in my area (which is external-facing) are very high. Generally, the pace of work is challenging enough to be interesting, but also allows a good work/life balance (i.e. generally not a lot of overtime).

    Cons

    It can be hard to get recognized and promoted, particularly if you've worked there a long time and/or you are part-time.

  6. Fast-paced, challenging work environment with the opportunity to work with dedicated professionals

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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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Focus on continuous improvement and opportunity to work with state of the market technologies.

    Cons

    No formal bonus program in higher education, but benefits are generally good and very comparable to private industry.

  7. Assistant Director

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, assess to amazing research resources, intellectual leaders. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure, lacking transparency when it comes to salary/raises and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many layers of bureaucracy at the UChicago, it's difficult to direct criticism or praise to any one person- I'm very satisfied within my own team, outside that group it's another story.

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    Clinical Research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, strong learning environment, good work/life balance. My supervisors were almost always reasonable, understanding, supportive and kind. Job goals and timelines were reachable. Stress was at a reasonable level at most times.

    Cons

    Experience can vary widely between supervisors, even within same department. Compensation does not always match education/experience level. Some supervisors do not prioritize research work over clinical work, which could make the job difficult. If your area of research is not oncology, you will not get any recognition or funding from higher-ups.

    Advice to Management

    Clinical research guidelines are needed for tasks as simple as where to order supplies or how to replenish subject payment funds.

  9. Graduate school is a time to work hard after all...

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

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

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating and learning things all the time

    Cons

    Working harder than I ever have before.

    Advice to Management

    More advice for students.

  10. Great place to work. Friendly, good benefits, relaxed and casual environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Starts off with 20 days of PTO (5 of which are personal holidays) in addition to sick leave, tuition benefit, great insurance options.

    Cons

    Depending on department, some burnout and administrative and staff versus faculty vibes. Some faculty can be high and mighty and some staff can be burned out. Pay is not as competitive as private sector.

  11. It was an ok experience nothing good or bad.

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

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Alot of room for growth if you hit your goals

    Cons

    leadership could be better if they listened more

    Advice to Management

    listen more

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