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University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
221 Reviews

3.7
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Review Highlights

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

  • Flexible hours and GREAT vacation and sick leave benefits (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. 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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    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 for 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
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    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 for 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
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    Administration is proliferating at the expense of students and faculty

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    Current Employee - Professor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
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    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 for less than a 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
  9.  

    The Iron Shade

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    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 for 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
  10.  

    Keep all of your options open

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    laid back environment
    incompetent and still has a job
    tuition waivers
    lots of vacation and sick days
    independent

    Cons

    low salaries, always keep an open eye for a better position
    dumb and incompetent bosses, their salary might be high enough, that they will stay there until they die
    if you know how to do something, you'll be doing all the work
    lots of work and no directions
    no training, no information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise the freaking salaries already!
    since you (boss) didn't get a salary increase, other people deserves one.
    there's so many problems, nothing can be done to fix them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is a lack of focus and drive, as well as a lack of funding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Generally amicable advisers and coworkers, work load is light, hours are flexible, and 26 days paid vacation. Many publications should be possible.

    Cons

    This is not a top tier university, and it shows. There is a general lack of funding all around, and equipment is not the best, but not terrible either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smaller, leaner groups can be more efficient than a larger one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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