University of Chicago Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Graham School

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros for working for the Graham School.

    Cons

    The Graham School is a very hostile and toxic environment, they treat their employees terribly. You do not want to work there. Way too much playing favorites, allowing non professional relationships to go on, and really there is way too much to list. Be very careful taking a job at the Graham School.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management, because what is in there do not know what they are doing. Starting from the new dean on down the line.

  2. Terrible employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None that come to mind

    Cons

    Terrible employer and working conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff with more respect.

  3. IT Management is EXTREMELY WEAK!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, IT in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director, IT in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are always many open positions in the IT dept due to the constant revolving door of personnel. It's a good place to get some skills and then move on. Looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    IT management and structure is constantly changing with no clear strategy. Positions and people are re-organized based on the changing whims of the persnickety CIO and the executive staff she enables. Favoritism, nepotism and the "good old girl" mentality is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    University president needs to clean house starting with CIO and all the VP's. Restructure the dept based on a career progression path to give people something to work and stay for. Problem is Zimmer (President/CEO) has been preoccupied with his divorce after having an affair with a university employee.

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  5. depends on what you are looking for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    OK rank in certain major.

    Cons

    worst location ever. not safe, robberies, only two groceries with high price.

  6. Post-Award Administrator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Post-Award Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Post-Award Administrator in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's one of the most famous universities in the world.

    Cons

    Since the limited budget issue, you will have less opportunity to continue to increase the knowledge.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Problematic values and culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and time-off policies, beautiful historic campus.

    Cons

    Process poor, values and culture are concerning.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Horrible toxic work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here are the caliber of students that you work with. They are highly intelligent and curious.

    Cons

    It is a toxic, sexist environment where the adminstration treats you like garbage. The benefits suck, many of your coworkers don't care about students and there is a lot of mediocrity, the commute sucks. This was the worst job I have ever had, and after this experience I will never work at a university again.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is quite poor here. It is a very sexist, demeaning culture, and it is obvious that the culture of the place is all about prestige, and they do not care about employees at all.

  9. Very Racist, Low pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse Senior in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse Senior in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Benefits are the only good thing

    Cons

    Very racist place to work and they will not pay LPNs what they are worth. My manager asked me to do things that were very unethical and could potentially cause harm to my nursing licences. The University of Chicago is very clickish and will down talk, and be very demeaning to there employees. I was asked to resign after i told my manager that i would not do unethical things. So i resigned. You win some and you lose some.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire someone to do your dirty work because someone with sense will not do it. LPN's are nurse and should be afforded the same benefits as RNs. My manager got rid of me when she found out I wanted to go back to nursing school. Tuition reimbursement is 100% for LPNs that are full time which I am, and the info is located on their homepage website.

  10. Helpful (5)

    The vast bureaucracy and insecurity of academics is hard to take

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    beautiful campus, discounted tuition, wonderful classes

    Cons

    a great many of the people who work for the University of Chicago spend much of their time trying to prove how smart they are. the posturing is tiresome.

    Advice to Management

    hire more folks who have worked in corporate and small business settings

  11. Helpful (4)

    Not for everyone; certainly not for me.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High-prestige university and a big name in graduate business schools. Benefits were excellent; pay was good.

    Cons

    Raises were non-existent for the 3 years I was there, though that was supposedly due to the economic crunch. Faculty is, with notable exceptions, highly aware of their status and prestige, and treat support staff as underlings and nuisances. Managerial skills vary by department, but there seemed to be a disproportionate number of power-conscious blowhards who impose petty demands for the sake of proving they can.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a very close eye on your department heads; some of them seem to be given free rein to abuse employees, show favoritism, ignore stated policies, and perform active revisions of history ("I never said that", said one, and when the employee (not me!) presented this manager with an AUDIOTAPE of this manager saying the very words s/he claimed not to have said, the manager fired the employee for insubordination. That's par for the course.)

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