University of Iowa Reviews

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University of Iowa President Sally K. Mason
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Pros
  • great people, interesting projects, great benefits (in 13 reviews)

  • very good benefits and working environments (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • There is low-pay, but only because the job is created as a learning experience for students (in 7 reviews)

  • Not a lot of job search help for graduate students in the hard-sciences looking to get a job in industry (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Student Instructional Technology Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Instructional Technology Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Student Instructional Technology Assistant in Iowa City, IA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Really enjoyed working with high-performing faculty and staff
    -Was confronted with interesting problems and the necessary resources to solve them
    -Great people on my team
    -Management didn't waste my time

    Cons

    -The (ever-changing) bureaucracy of the ITS department was challenging to navigate at times
    -At times, the absence of direction was frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what ITS is supposed to be doing, create clear expectations for each team, and work hard to prevent mission creep.


  2. Short term good - long term question

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Really great benefits - good health insurance, fantastic quality of doctors and providers at the University Hospitals and Clinics.
    Pay is ok.
    Grad students are unionized, which really helps protect rights, and the union fights for its members.

    Cons

    Battles at leadership and governmental levels make the long term forcast concerning - the University, like so many others across the country, is heading in a clearly business-focused path, which means that professors and instructors are devalued and administrators are over valued.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease or reign in the number of administrators and sometimes outrageous salaries for administrators (particularly compared with what professors get paid).


  3. Great workplace. Tough to get funding.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The University of Iowa has a very friendly and collaborative research environment. People are almost always willing to share and help.

    Cons

    If you do not have a grant then job security is very poor. It is difficult to get funding from the department of defense and from the American Cancer Society if you don't live on one the coasts.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture the collaborative environment. Help the young investigators get funding. I don't really know what else to say here so I'm just filling up space.


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  5. Great Benefits

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa (Less than a year)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, UIHC really takes care of their employees. Paid vacation and sick days, amazing insurance, discounted gym memberships, retirement...

    Cons

    From what I've heard, there is a 3 year waitlist for parking.

    Advice to Management

    I only work in a small sector of the hospital, so I don't think I can speak for everyone. I have not had the best experience with my upper management, they're great people, but I think they need to listen more carefully to employee's thoughts and concerns.


  6. Decent School to work at

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a large school so there is a lot of opportunity and potential for growth. Lots of good resources and other teachers to interact with.

    Cons

    I would like if it was more cohesive, I worked in the business building so there was lots of different ideas.


  7. Student Advisor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Advisor in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Student Advisor in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is very open to listening to employees. The technology access for employees is very convenient and easy to use. Benefits are excellent!

    Cons

    The winters can be rough, but the city and the university do a very good job of clearing streets and walkways. If you department is very small, it can be difficult to advance.

    Advice to Management

    I have no particular advice to management. I very much enjoy working for not only my direct manager but I also have a very good opinion of the senior management especially our VP.


  8. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  9. Get supported through graduate school

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Friendly Environment to work at UI

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good not bad it was a good time

    Cons

    not a lot to do but no cons really

    Advice to Management

    none



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