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University of Chicago Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
318 Reviews
3.8
318 Reviews
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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.  

    Great University

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

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Lovely campus, very nice offices

    Cons

    Tendency to let go of older women employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    University of Chicago student job

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

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was paid, which was good.

    Cons

    Balancing with course load was tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3.  

    Great culture with many opportunities

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    Former Employee - Manager--Adminstrative
    Former Employee - Manager--Adminstrative

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I held multiple administrative positions here over many years and had an overall great experience. The quality of people here--students, faculty, staff--is excellent, which makes it a rewarding and fulfilling place to work. Even in administrative offices, the university has an academic approach and bent, so the work is typically challenging and ambitious. Benefits, which are readily available on the university's website, are excellent. Most staff start with three weeks vacation.

    Cons

    The culture and salaries vary significantly from one department to the next. Because the organization is very large, it can sometimes be difficult to coordinate among different departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There seems to be room to better support and recognize staff. I think there could also be an effort to better streamline and support hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Teaching Assistance-ship

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

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working here has been an absolute joy and I could not have been happier with my choice to pursue this undertaking at an institution that prides itself on being a haven for life of the mind.

    Cons

    Despite what some may say, the self deprecating attitudes of the general undergraduate student population is not representative of the true culture that would thrive in this type of community. People are genuine, work hard, and strive to find meaning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Employer. Fantastic research university.

    Current Employee - Building Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Building Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Scholarly environment, rewarding work and workplace

    Cons

    Student employment kept largely separate from full time staff. While there is interaction there are not as many opportunities for transition as possible

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Undergraduate research is highly recommended

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

    I worked at University of Chicago as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best way to apply the material learned in classes and gain out-of-class experience is to participate in cutting-edge research as early as possible. Most faculty have funds allocated for taking on a student or two; a combination of professors, postdocs, and senior students will help you. Research opportunities are not limited to just the physical sciences. I not only learned a great deal, but I am personally satisfied that the body of work I accomplished is meaningful in the context of my field.

    Cons

    Initially finding a faculty adviser can be difficult. I had to rely on some connections I made through graduate students. On the other hand, there is no harm in asking multiple people at regular (but not too frequent) intervals. Everyone is generally nice. Also, as an undergrad, the learning curve is rather steep. Don't expect to switch research groups every 6 months and try many different fields. In 6 months you will just learn the basics of what is being done. Expect to dedicate 1-2 years for each group, at least.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    postdoctoral fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Great, very bright people to work with; plenty of room to grow career in research setting; hard work gets recognized and awarded.

    Cons

    The town of Hyde Park is not good place to live.

  9.  

    TA for biosci

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

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good mix of help from professors, and room to TA your section how you want. Students are generally hard working, intelligent, and want to learn. When you run into the rare problem student, the administration is quick to help, without being overbearing or difficult about it. High expectations for professionalism, knowledge, preparation, etc. TA community is also nice. Wish there was a space for TAs in the biosciences building.

    Cons

    Lots of grading. Very few real cons. Wish there was a bit more pay, but it was generally fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Supportive environment for research-oriented undergraduates

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

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The faculty are very supportive of students who are interested in research. It's easy to approach labs, and most will take on undergrads with minimal experience. Undergrads get to participate in lab meetings and get hands-on research experience. There are often opportunities for summer and post-grad employment. Most labs are open to their undergrad research assistants completing honors work towards a senior project in the lab, often in conjunction with a graduate student.

    Cons

    Some labs expect undergrads to complete a considerable amount of administrative or secretarial work, in addition to research tasks. As an undergraduate, there are few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be explicit in the proportion of time expected for different tasks in job descriptions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Brilliant

    Former Employee - Student Support Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Support Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Not too many cons as far as I remembered

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