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University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 209 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares

Paula Allen-Meares

(64 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosdesign culture, students, diversity, contemporary, reputation

    Consenvironment, resource, visual aids, salary, career

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    Not a bad experience if you work with an advisor who works on a state of the art research project.

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsIt's a small school near downtown Chicago. If you like to work in small groups under not so much pressure, it might suit you.

    ConsSalaries are not enough for living in a mega city like Chicago. Small school/department, not so many great advisors in college of engineering (especially CME department). Most of the research projects are not state of the art. Some faculty members are not professional in their behavior showing no respect for grad students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to hire some talented people for the tenure track positions. Develop team work culture and teach your faculty members that profanity and judging with no evidence are huge crimes in the US.

     

    Good benefits, Low Pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBest benefits in the area

    ConsRestructuring and job classification changes between civil service and professional titles makes for an uncertain job environment. Union and non-union fighting at state and university level is ridiculous. Cronyism still prevails and management is weak.

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    good place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosget to learn, many holidays. Good learning experience. personal growth

    Constoo little pay and no appreciation

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    Stay for the benefits...

    IT Technical Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsThe benefits and vacation time are excellent. I was taking off almost every Friday at one point. Health insurance is very inexpensive but covers very well.

    ConsBudgets are extremely tight. Its often impossible to get funding for what you need to do your job. However, if someone above wants a project done, there will magically be money. Very frustrating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't micromanage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    location of UIC and facilities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsVery close to down town and public transportation

    Constraffic with the different events in Chicago, and construction can make it difficult to leave or get to work if you're driving.. Sometimes there can be service interruptions with the el also.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpgrading facilities should also be looked at and offices that students, staff and faculty use.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place, low pay and appreciation

    Project Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe University is centrally located and easily accessible by way of public transportation. The students environment and culture here is wonderful and the students are great people. Flexible hours and GREAT vacation and sick leave benefits.

    ConsThe upper administration at UIC seriously devalues the administrative staff; it is extremely difficult to get promoted and/or obtain a salary increase. Employees are rarely acknowledge for the commitment to the university, thus causing the morale to be lower than it should.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to find value in the people that actually work hard to make things happen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosdiversity working cuture is very nice. You may enjoy newest technology as soon as possible. Friendly working environment. Great benefits

    ConsSometimes, there is lack of support due to state budget issues. You may feel over worked or stressed out in certain situations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Silo work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood way to start your career
    Work and life balance

    ConsPeople work in silos
    Very hierarchy organization from the classification of civil service employees to academic professional employees ( AP) which is not the same from department/college to college. If you are classified as a civil service people will treat you without respect.
    Compensation and classification is not the same from department to department or college to college. You might be doing the same job as someone else or even more and be making less in salary.

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    Great coworkers, but very disorganized

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCo-workers were friendly and supportive within my department. My supervisors were always pleasant and offered helpful suggestions. The work I did was very enjoyable.

    ConsVery disorganized. Communication from upper management to employees was inconsistent and generally lacking. If you had a question, it is very difficult to find out the answer, or if there is someone who might be able to help.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInformation important to multiple departments needs to be organized and disseminated in a more efficient way.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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