University of Iowa Reviews in Iowa City, IA

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
202 Reviews

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Pros
  • Great benefits, great community in which to live and raise a family (in 13 reviews)

  • Great work environment and people (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • You start out at a low pay and yearly raises are next to nothing (in 5 reviews)

  • Graduate students often just explained enough to get through the experiments, only given simple online training for safety hazards (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Opportunities for learning and professional growth are abundant at the University of Iowa

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    Current Employee - Administrative Services Coordinator  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Administrative Services Coordinator in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As the major public sector employer in Iowa City and surrounding areas, the UI has much to offer: generally good pay and benefits, and many internal job opportunities.

    Cons

    I've been at the UI for over 30 years, first as a student and now as an employee. It saddens me that this venerable public institution has suffered massive losses in funding from the state (like so many universities across the country) and, as a consequence, is now forced to pursue fundraising and corporate strategies at an ever more frantic pace in order to support every new initiative and even maintain a fast-eroding base of core educational programs and services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the salaries of middle-senior managers are obscenely high while the people who actually make the university run have seen their salaries barely (if at all) keep pace with inflation. Why hire Deloitte Consulting to figure out how to save money? Let's keep the millions you're paying them and invest it in something that actually adds value to the UI!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Enjoyable environment while pay was low

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Very nice environment to work. People are respectful and generally supportive. Benefits are very good with 2 days of vacation and one and half day of sick leave per month. Work is easy.

    Cons

    pay was low. no that much chance to get professionally trained. life in iowa city is kind of bored even there are lots activities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience overall.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Study Abroad  in  Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Study Abroad in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many opportunities for job and personal growth and leadership development.

    Cons

    Not always open to new ideas or willing to give new employees a say in decision making.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A great institution which values diversity and creates resources for employees to grow in their careers, and home life.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Services Coordinator  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Administrative Services Coordinator in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The University of Iowa adds an additional $130.00 to my paycheck each month to help pay for my health insurance. Because of this, I pay a total of $50.00/month for myself and my 2 children. This is just one example of the amazing benefits the UI makes available for their employees.

    The diversity efforts on campus are numerous, as many of the colleges, departments, and organizations, have some kind of involvement in a committee or initiative focusing on diversity and how to maintain an inclusive environment for all. This is important to me as a non-white, low-income, single, mother of two.

    Cons

    The UI is so large, that each department or organization has developed it's own culture and common practices. I was very lucky to land a job in such a forward-thinking, flexible, and trust-worthy organization which values it's employees to the fullest, however, if I were to apply for another position elsewhere at the UI, I would be risking giving up this environment for one that might be a micromanaging nightmare.

    We get paid once a month, which causes me and everyone else I know in a pay grade similar to mine, to be flat broke before the next 1st of the month rolls around. Also, this really hurts employees when they first start a new job at the UI because they will not get paid until the 1st of the following month.

    The University of Iowa has great transportation options since parking space is extremely limited and expensive downtown and at the hospital. The cheapest being the $12.00 bus pass, which employees can have deducted from their paycheck each month. The van pool is also convenient for those not living close to a bus route, or even for those living in other towns and cities and will cost a little over $40/month. But...

    ...as someone who has no option but to drive to work because I require having two child car seats to take my children to daycare each morning and pick them up each afternoon, it is unfortunate that parking is so expensive ($98.00/month for a ramp if you're able to wait months or even YEARS on the wait list, or about $55.00 for a lot that you either walk a very long way to and from, or have to take a shuttle to/from with limited run hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free or low cost daycare for low to mid income employees is a must. As someone who's paycheck comes out to about $2200 after taxes, one can only imagine how the quality of life is for a family when they are obligated to pay over $1000/month in daycare. (and I am just over the income guideline for state assistance, so that is not an option.) The flex spending program for daycare is not enough. That alone only saves me about $400.00/year in daycare costs and the process to claim it is much too time consuming as I pay my provider weekly.

    Organizing a central resource to reserve conference rooms, venues, and equipment would be greatly beneficial, since currently, each organization has their own method, contact person, and policies. (Many do not use Outlook either). I'm sure there are multiple places we could use for our monthly meetings that are closer, more accessible, or more convenient, but we'll never know until we discover them by happenstance.

    What's with the whole merit staff vs professional/scientific staff thing? Why can't it just be one system? I've known many friends and family members who works for UIHC who don't get to participate in the workshops and free receptions and events on campus and I think that's unfair. Also the pay and benefits are different. How boring would that job be if you don't ever get to grow and network and do fun things at the place you commit so much time too?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Rhetoric TA

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    Current Employee - Rhetoric TA  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Rhetoric TA in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rhetoric is a great department to TA in as there is a lot of professional development. It's also very collegiate and less condescending toward undergrads than other departments.

    Cons

    Rhetoric isn't taken as seriously in the university so a lot of politics which you can generally avoid if you don't want to be a part of it. More of an issue for permanent faculty but there can be trickle down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick it to the men up the hill. Keep doing what you're doing. Undergrads love you even if they don't know it yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Humanities graduate student

    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The humanities programs at Iowa are decent, Iowa City has a lot of culture for a small town, and graduate student compensation is pretty good.

    Cons

    It's graduate school. You work long hours for relatively little thanks or credit. Classes and research leave little time to work outside of a TAship or RAship.

  8.  

    Good place to work, bad manager

    Former Employee - Manager, Public Relations  in  Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Manager, Public Relations in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, committed colleagues. Located in a great place to live. An intellectually stimulating environment. Opportunities for professional development in some departments and units.

    Cons

    Below-market salaries; difficult managers in many departments and units. Not a lot of transparency regarding important decisions and changes. An unfortunate number of disengaged employees across the institution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up-front about decisions that affect employees. If you ask for employee input, actually take it into account--don't just solicit input and then go ahead with pre-determined plan of action.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Better than some institutions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, good if rather expensive healthcare

    Cons

    TAship salary not livable if you don't study in the college of arts and sciences. Additionally, the undergraduate culture is not particularly academic, which means that TAs must deal with highly disinterested students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All tuition should be covered for graduate student TAs, including if they study in another college with higher tuition than CLAS.

  10.  

    Lecturer

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation were both good

    Cons

    Pay was not competitive for lecturers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation for mon-tenure track instructors should be higher.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Low paying Drones

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relatively easy to get a job as a student and turn it into a full time job after graduation.

    Cons

    No benefits for anyone not permanent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Academics do not make good managers.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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