University of Chicago Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Robert J. Zimmer
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Pros
  • Prestigious University and good benefits (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits and reasonable work-life balance, if you want it (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Office culture, work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • low pay, little room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Student Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Good work for a student looking to get some experience working in a research and academic environment

    Cons

    Not able to do very meaningful work for a while


  2. Great university

    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top notch research university with students and faculty to match

    Cons

    SOme people like city living; some do not


  3. Student Research Technician

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

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

    Pros

    Great flexible hours for students
    Gained a lot of experience doing lab bench research
    Great learning opportunity for a beginner interested in biomedical research

    Cons

    Low pay
    Constant shuffling of project supervisor


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  5. tops

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Typically ranked amongst the top b-schools in the world.

    Cons

    a bit administration-heavy, which has upsides and downsides.


  6. postdoctoral researcher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    world class research facilities in a world class university

    Cons

    lack of engineering or applied science department is a slight/minor drawback for natural science departments here.


  7. Postdoctoral Scholar

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High rankings, good research, good work life balance, excellent faculty, great infrastructure

    Cons

    away from city, relatively less safe than similar places


  8. Great Program and great work experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Program Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The program directors have created a culture in which the staff are valued and the students we served (approx. 250 to 350 graduate students) are well taken care of and treated with respect. Great colleagues, lots of independence. I felt enabled to provide top quality service to my clients and could feel good about my work every day. What more can you ask for?

    Cons

    There was no downside to this job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and continue to be a model for practice across the university.


  9. Research Specialist 2

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Potential growth and career advancement in academia and technical skills.

    Cons

    No corporate exposure, unpredictable funding situation.


  10. undergrad TA

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    environment: nice lab for study, great people, great professor and students

    Cons

    not much money. the payment is a little bit low


  11. Rewarding

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    lots of very smart pople

    Cons

    can be competitive and overly serious



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