University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares
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Pros
  • The university has a flexible work life balance, it has an excellent access to a great city (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible Hours, Great Environment for Work (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. Government job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some benefits are good, time off is nice.

    Cons

    Poor organization for management and HR was never available to discuss issues.


  2. Good work-life balance. Poor pay.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility and great health benefits

    Cons

    Top-heavy management, negative office politics, pay is below market value


  3. Decent Place to work, if you work for the right people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, opportunities to attend lectures

    Cons

    low pay, bureaucracy makes everything difficult. research is rewarding but doesn't pay well


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  5. UIC Campus Housing RA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

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

    Pros

    Good benefits: housing, food, stepiend

    Cons

    Horrible administrative team that will over work you.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the market you are catering to and treat your student employee's less like cattle and more like people.


  6. Working at UIC College of Dentistry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse II and Clinical Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse II and Clinical Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits Day shift, no weekends or holidays Civil Service and union status

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and direction Difficult to implement positive changes Resistance to improvements/changes Lack of mentoring of employees Lack of encouragement to attend training or further career Small pay raises Employees not monitored for work performance, lack of performance reviews

    Advice to Management

    Encourage staff to get additional training in their field, attend classes, seminars, etc. Include employees in leadership decisions and/or communicate more thoroughly changes being implemented. Review leadership and managers for performance improvement and terminate the employment of those who have shown no improvements in their department.


  7. No growth unless you know someone.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great medical and dental benefits. Also, a few perks/discounts that can serve to be useful. This is a very diverse work culture. There is also plenty of room to work overtime if needed.

    Cons

    Rare to receive annual raises on time, this will typically only come with the union getting involved. There is a major lacking of proper training, one must be a quick study as well as flexible and resourceful at any given time. Furthermore, a lot of working outside your job title and not a lot of compensation or gratitude.

    Advice to Management

    Better utilization of staff. Rewards should go towards those that truly have shown exceptional work. Needs to be sense of accountability taken in upper management, lead through example.


  8. Director of cancer research and biology, bioengineering, and medical educator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Experience and success in the past with inventions, discoveries about the natural world, and excellence awards in teaching undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and medical residents

    Cons

    The university systems have dramatically changed during the past 10 years from an opportunity to develop a profession to a business model.

    Advice to Management

    Nature provides the best models for innovation


  9. This is the epitome of a Chicago institution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Performance expectations and metrics are low to non-existent. No one works a full day. No one EVER comes in on a weekend. Bright and competent people will neither be recognized nor rewarded, but it is extremely easy to get paid well for doing nothing here (or your second job...) if that's your aim. The ideal place for anyone who has given up on the American workplace as anything other than a sham that you can work to your favor.

    Cons

    Chicago cronyism is the rule of the day. The University of Illinois system as a whole makes some of the all-time worst leadership hires on record and the place is in a constant state of flux/turmoil because of it. The day-to-day of education goes on as it always does and people do as little as possible to keep the doors open and the lights on, but by-and-large the system is an astonishing waste of our tax dollars.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't understand it even if they heard it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Hellacious bureaucracy!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Being a state employee provides significant job security. (But that's both a pro and a con.)

    Cons

    For exempt employees, the pay will never match what someone can get in the private sector or at a non-state entity.


  11. Poor pay and riddled with Bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visiting Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Visiting Research Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    My specific grant funded job was great and I had a great boss. My specific unit and my colleagues were amazing and became good friends but working with the actual university was always difficult.

    Cons

    The University and its systems drove me mad with their inefficiency and disregard of employees. They pay very poorly and the non tenured professors recently went on strike due to the absurdly low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the IRB and broken Bureaucracy offices that stifle creative and productivity and pay employees a fair wage commensurate with their education and experience.



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