University of Iowa Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. I loved working with the faculty and doing research.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa

    Pros

    There are wide array of things you can do especially since it's the academia, so take advantage of it. It is also a place where you can expand your network since most of the faculty have connections both in and outside of the school.

    Cons

    It is somewhat difficult to apply everything/research that you do in real life, so know that there are some strong regulations since it is a public institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Get supported through graduate school

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

    I have been working at University of Iowa

    Pros

    Research Assistantship is a great way to get financially supported by one's PI while in graduate school. Healthcare benefits and tuition benefits (for out of state students, in particular) are great if you have half-time appointment as research assistant or teaching assistant.

    Cons

    There is a significant variability in work load, quality of life, quality of managing, etc. depending on the PI. It is very difficult to know what they are like before committing to work for a lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish there were a systematic mechanism to evaluate PIs for how they manage and treat their students. I believe it should be required that students have two different people for academic advisor and general advisor, so the students have another person to turn to and ask for help if they are having hard times with their PIs.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  3. Friendly Environment to work at UI

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    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    worked at student service as a graphic designer. office culture are friendly and easy going, people are most likely to help others, and colleagues shared information together. the office would have some training that were very useful. Designers usually collaborate with marketers for strategies to work with clients.

    Cons

    lack of opportunity to communicate direct with the clients and director. fair wage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. it was awesome

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

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

    Pros

    good not bad it was a good time

    Cons

    not a lot to do but no cons really

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. Teaching and grading TA

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

    I worked at University of Iowa part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    On average, kept hours at about 20
    Professor was very helpful
    Didn't have to create discussion outlines from scratch
    Students were generally interested, bright and engaged

    Cons

    Hours can be very early
    Not all of it's very fun, grading is of course very repetitive
    Of course, some discussion sections are more well behaved than others

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Very happy being visiting faculty at UIOWA

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    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Freedom to structure the course the way I liked it

    Cons

    Nothing major. A central database that has all the information for new faculty would be helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. ITS - Student System Analyst

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    Current Employee - Student Systems Analyst in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Student Systems Analyst in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Great job for students, flexible hours, great co workers, and awesome experience. Got tons of hands on hardware experience as well as software configuration experience. Lastly gain some customer service skills while support university employees.

    Cons

    The pay is not great, but not horrible either. A little bit over minimum wage. For a job that requires a decent skill set, it would be nice if you received better compensation. In the end it is a student job so cant knock them too hard for this. Also wish the full time staff would work more with the students to show them more of the advanced software tools to help increase our experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing very well; treat students with respect as equals compared to other employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. I've only worked as a TA in the Computer Science department, but overall I've had no major complaints.

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    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    It completely depends on which professor you are teamed with, but my experiences have been generally positive so far. The amount of work is appropriate, and they are as accommodating as possible with schedules.

    Cons

    The only real problems I've had have been related to miscommunication between professors and students on assignments. I have nothing negative to say about the work environment besides the fact that many of us did not have real offices due to space constraints, which for me is more of a minor inconvenience since I prefer to work at a coffee house, anyway. Oh, and TA assignments are rarely settled more than a couple weeks ahead of the semester's start--at least I knew that I would have one, just not which class.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work, do research and study

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    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    peaceful work environment, very accessible, don't have to spend too much time traveling, good insurance and benefits, good salary for this geographic area given the standard of living.

    Cons

    Employment opportunities limited, work culture varies with labs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. nice place to work

    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, quiet place to live, no traffic, easy access to various facilities, low living cost

    Cons

    cold weather, long winter, more opportunities to be provided for professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something might be taken to save energy and go green, instead of keep campus freezingly cold all year around - winter is already too long at this place.

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