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University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
13 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are looking for work-life balance, this is the place to be (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and GREAT vacation and sick leave benefits (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • They pay very poorly and the non tenured professors recently went on strike due to the absurdly low pay (in 10 reviews)

  • Company does what it wants to and is not hiring civil service employees again after it stopped (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bad...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    What? What's good about UIC?

    Cons

    Terrible HR, very dangerous around the campus, etc.

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    They don't care about their students.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Close but no cigar cheese

    Cons

    Many cons but no cigar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your students, not your research.

  3.  

    Bleak future as a prospective employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Nice benefit package. Benefits are second to none.

    Cons

    Favoritism, corruption, red-tape. Everybody in high positions knows someone influential who helped them hack the HR "preventative" measures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    UIC Review

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    Current Employee - Business Administration Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Administration Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits, only work 8 hours a day, lots of vacation days

    Cons

    Low pay, little chance to move up, politics run this place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Student Services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Typical 'union' job, lots of vacation time, time off, etc.

    Cons

    Advisors and Student Services Professionals are discouraged from helping students and are told that they are 'expected to not do anything above what they must for students'. If you are in the union you can be 'bumped' at any time by any senior union person who wants your position. You could be moved to another department at any time.

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    BAD MEDICINE

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    Former Employee - Case Manager HIV AIDS Clinic in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Case Manager HIV AIDS Clinic in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Located near my home.

    Cons

    Completely unprofessional management at the HIAC AIDS clinic. Inappropriate boundaries between the management staff, and the clients. The MOST inappropriate standards that I have EVER experienced in a work environment. Unethical regarding compliance with the state standards for the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over, with a new professionally trained management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Nepotistic, unfriendly, dirty politics, unprofessional atmosphere.

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    Former Employee - Accounting Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Close to downtown, few really good people who suffer silently, long 10 day Christmas break.

    Cons

    For almost all jobs, there is a candidate who is the hiring manager wants in the position, yet the ad is put out to fulfill requirements of equal opportunity. Some people do nothing and still get paid because their supervisors want them in the position and don't care. It's such a waste of tax payers dollars. No wonder the state sales and income tax rates are the highest in the nation. Simple things are made complicated and there is such an unnecessary waste of resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sincere and have some morals. Senior University administration should look into the unethical practices that take place in some departments and have staff come forward and report them - rather than punish staff who report malpractices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    This school takes great pride in not advancing diversity among faculty in the sciences and hiring unqualified spouses.

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

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

    Pros

    close to public transportation and sufficient library resources.

    Cons

    Do 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Mind-boggling disorganization and rampant corruptness

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Completely 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 ManagementAdvice

    For 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    teaching assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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