University of Illinois at Chicago
3.5 of 5 173 reviews
www.uic.edu Chicago, IL 50 to 149 Employees

University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.5 172 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares

Paula Allen-Meares

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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This school takes great pride in not advancing diversity among faculty in the sciences and hiring unqualified spouses.

Research Assistant Professor (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

Prosclose to public transportation and sufficient library resources.

ConsDo not come here if you are a minority scientist who is non-Asian. Their School of Public Health has never hired an African American tenured track professor in its 40+ year history in their Environmental Health Sciences Division. Most schools try to hire faculty from across the country however this school tends to hire its own graduates and perpetuates its dysfunctional and discriminatory staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring your spouses over qualified faculty because you want to recruit one individual. How about hiring African Americans in positions other than staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Mind-boggling disorganization and rampant corruptness

Clinical Research Coordinator (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent benefits including substantial paid vacation days and paid sick days. Good health and dental benefits.

ConsCompletely disorganized at every single level of management. Lazy and incompetent employees. No consequences for inability to perform basic responsibilities. No consequences even for people who fail to arrive to work altogether, repeatedly, over the course of years, without reason. These are the people you will have to deal with, and pick up the slack for, if you are employed here. The University carries a lot of dead weight on a lot of different and costly levels.

Every task is a process that requires many months time in order to complete. For example: Every single person in one department, upon receiving and accepting an offer for a position from the university, and after reporting to the job full-time, did not get PAID for 3+ months (in one case - for 6 MONTHS!) - only god knows why. "Processing" HR would say. Lots of phone calls to lots of different people who would each tell you something entirely different and refer you to someone else who was equally ill-equipped to answer basic questions they were required to know the answers to, as part of their job. After having not been paid for my first month of employment, I was told that period was considered "Volunteer" work, after which I would begin to be paid. Lies. They exploit employees, period.

Additionally, employees were literally let go at the end of their contracts without any notice, and without any knowledge that they were let go at all. Four words: Milton from Office Space. People would continue to report to their jobs as usual, as they have been for 3+ years, because no one in management or HR told them: "Oh, by the way, we have not renewed your employment contract with UIC, and you no longer work here." (Typically, they were automatically renewed from year to year without discussion, simply, "Sign this.") Employees in "Visiting" positions whose contracts were not renewed at the end of their term only learned they no longer had a job - an entire month after they lost their jobs - because they did not see a paycheck automatically deposited into their bank accounts. Management allowed employees to continue to believe they were employed, and to continue to work, despite funding having run out for their positions and thus not paying them anymore. Even more unbelievable, this didn't occur in a single instance - this was department-wide (for employees with an academic departmental position).

More minor issues, comparatively: No raises. After several years of employment, it became costly to remain in this job, due to rising cost of living, and the stagnation of pay. Raises simply did not exist, and you can't get a straight answer from anyone as to why this is. You can't get a straight answer from anyone about anything, in general. Management will lie, or deflect, or cite ignorance, etc.

No room for growth: In this particular position - you cannot go anywhere beyond "Research Coordinator." This is typical of this position in academia, however. Unless you are pursuing a PhD in the field, which you can then perform your own research under. A Clinical Research Position in the corporate environment would progress into greater possibilities.

Higher ups are often less knowledgeable than their research assistants. They don't know their own protocols. Their in-house practices do not match the contracts they agreed upon with funding institutions. They disregard eligibility criteria in favor of getting as many participants in a study as possible. They simply don't know how to conduct (their own!) research. They have no clue what is required day-to-day in order for their studies to run smoothly. They don't know how to analyze data. They don't know where their laboratory equipment is located or how to use it. There is no guidance or support for RAs. RAs are expected to train themselves in areas of work the PI cannot and does no perform. And then, when there is an issue, the RAs are immediately to blame.. The issues go on, and on, and on...

The list of grievances is miles long. Stay away from this University. Appointed officials are corrupt. Management is completely lost. Many employees are incompetent and simply do not perform work. There is no support. There is no accountability. There is no transparency.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor starters, do the job you were hired to do. When you get a handle on that, learn how to do your job well. Fire dead weight. Listen to employee issues. Take accountability. Promote based on performance, not politics.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

ProsThere are not many pros.Its very bad at maintaining its labs and also course structure is bad.Lack of faculty

ConsMany downsides.Lack of faculty.Research quality is poor and all labs are badly maitained.Even the library has less computers and outdated printing facility.

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I can't wait to get out of here.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 8 years

Proslots of vacation time
lots of sick time
tuition benefit

Consno annual review (in my department)
no opportunities for advancement
little to no pay increase every year
pay increases not based on anything concrete
most classes are during the day, which makes the tuition benefit difficult to take advantage of

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This was the absolute worst job I've ever had and the most dysfunctional organization I've ever worked for.

Research Specialist (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago

Pros(1) Four weeks vacation during your first year; (2) generous amount of holidays, personal days, and sick time; (3) decent medical plan; and (4) a great amount of flexibility with your schedule

ConsLike most universities, UIC takes great pride in employing people on research teams who have attained a high level of education. Unfortunately, since the overwhelming majority of these people lack experience or training in business, they are pretty clueless when it come to figuring out how to effectively lead a project team, develop employees, and acknowledge and address conflict. Working under a principle investigator or project coordinator with no leadership or business skills can be extremely frustrating.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor the sake of those who have to report to principal investigators and/ or project coordinators with no business or leadership experience, please develop a mandatory leadership training program for all individuals who have employees reporting them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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MEh

Office Working (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago

ProsThis job got me some dollars off my housing. It was worth working for them to get the discount but i wouldn't try and stick around.

ConsThey knew you were there to get your discount and a lot of them treated you like it. There were a few nice guys though

Advice to Senior ManagementThank you for giving us a place on campus where we can work and get some money off housing. f

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