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University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
256 Reviews
3.8
256 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are looking for work-life balance, this is the place to be (in 9 reviews)

  • Vacation and Sick leave benefits are good (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • They pay very poorly and the non tenured professors recently went on strike due to the absurdly low pay (in 9 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.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Nature provides the best models for innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This is the epitome of a Chicago institution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.

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    Poor pay and riddled with Bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Disapointed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and you can go home early or late. nobody cares.

    Cons

    Too many to say about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Administration is proliferating at the expense of students and faculty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Student diversity, location in a major city

    Cons

    Administrative decisions lack transparency and often seem personality based; faculty union is systematically undermined; no salary raises for faculty in the last years but administrators enjoy lavish compensation. The lack of equity is creating a class system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honor democratic principles and practice fairness and openness, Keep in mind that a public university's mission is serving the public!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The easiest job you'll ever hate

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    Current Employee - Senior Communications Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Officer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You won't break a sweat here. Lethargic atmosphere with extremely low expectations. No one comes in on time, no one stays late, and if you come into the office on the weekend you will be the only person there. It's relatively easy to run circles around or outshine your co-workers if that's your aim, although it won't get you anywhere in terms of promotions or compensation. It's not uncommon for employees to have second or third jobs that they do at their desks.

    Cons

    Ridiculously bureaucratic with lots of state-mandated big brother oversight on things such as ethics and attendance—although none of it is enforced. (We’re assured by management that no one even looks at the stuff; we just have to do it.) The system is clogged by an inordinate amount of needless management and supervisory positions, most filled with career deadwood who come in only long enough to make sure they’ll still qualify for their hefty pensions—the kind of manager who doesn’t understand how to use Excel so asks for everything in Word. You can bet your supervisor couldn’t do your job. Rank-and-file morale is dismal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Experience

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    best reason would be the % of salary to Pension or 403B and the % contributed by the University to employees Pension or 403B

    Cons

    Too much red tape, lack of responsiveness and support of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review best practices of private and public entities to model at the University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Labyrinthine system of getting paid, but what do you expect from a state employer?

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

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great, co-operative staff. Friendly management... who will never rock the boat.

    Cons

    Massive bureaucracy. Everything takes 3-6 months to do something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The Iron Shade

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Technical Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Technical Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Employment at The University system still allows Unions to play and important role in its employment systems for their workers.

    Many employees can become employed under an existing state run labor system, such as the Civil Service, or University run Academic Professional system.

    Cons

    Limited transparency on information seeking future employment opportunities. Difficult to acquire annual pay raises and learn of new employment opportunities in advance of posting.

    Many job positions require a college degree, or advanced degree regardless of skill needed to perform duties.
    Job responsiblities sometimes not clearly defined and may overlap with other job classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more openness to upcoming job openings and opportunities internally, before posting externally. Establish on the job training, and cross-training opportunities for current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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