University of Iowa Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Pros
  • great people, interesting projects, great benefits (in 13 reviews)

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

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  • 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. PHD

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Iowa City, IA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Iowa city is a very small beautiful city with a very good facilities. It is clean and safe.

    Cons

    Iowa City is small the shopping centers malls and its restaurants are a few


  2. FH Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Facility Supervisor in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Facility Supervisor in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Fun work environment. Good amount of responsibility. Amazing coworkers made it fun to go to work each and every day.

    Cons

    Having to work at 5 in the morning got old fast, but I was the only one doing so every day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Had a great time and got some awesome experience.


  3. IT Support - College of Engineering

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    Former Employee - Student IT Support in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Student IT Support in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Management staff at the University of Iowa College of Engineering are excellent. Very flexible with hours (for the student employees) and it pays well.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of any negatives to working here. Sometime people recognize you as an employee when you are in the lab doing your own work (off the clock) and ask for help, but thats not really a big deal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. It is a great place to work. It is great having the college of engineering separate from the rest of the university.


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  5. Teaching Assistant

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Iowa City, IA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to develop teaching and art skills while in graduate school. The graduate student union was strong and advocated for TAs aggressively. My experience was positive, though I was already in a solid position when I applied.

    Cons

    I didn't have any cons while I worked at the campus. Student workers were treated well, and the university maintained a focus on learning, creativity, and excellence.

    Advice to Management

    Don't accept the ridiculous proposal for students to "vote out" faculty. As a TA I relied on student feedback to provide me information to improve, and the "shark tank" culture being proposed for university implementation will only lead to terminations based in bias and discrimination rather than quantifiable contributions to excellence at the University.


  6. great place to work if you like teaching or research

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Academic environment provides challenging scientific projects to work on and intelligent people to interact with. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Somewhat isolated and less career options compared to metro areas. Salaries not very competitive due to the same reason.

    Advice to Management

    I have not much advice to the management as I have been pretty much self managed the whole time of my employment. There is an annual employee self evaluation, which is one of the rare opportunities of interaction between me and my supervisor. The management of research staff and activities is different from managing an enterprise I guess.


  7. Diverse, more programs, offer more courses, very good for hydraulics, hydrology, water resources students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Renowned hydraulics lab is a part of Civil department

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    no


  8. GOOD ENOUGH

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Covered most of tuition and fee. Covered most of required insurance even the dental one! Gained a lot of experience from work. Learned how to balance work and study.

    Cons

    No cons based on my experience


  9. Great Supervisors, and very flexible to student schedule

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have a very flexible schedule to work well with students and our strange work schedule. Its a great quite place to get some of your online work done.

    Cons

    Sometimes in order to get a good amount of hours you have to work over night or very early morning shifts. Sometimes graduate students in the Library Science program don't contribute as much help as may be needed when at the service desk. Working in circulation has no windows and can be boring at time.

    Advice to Management

    No advice or recommendation to management, however I have a twenty word minimum, so I a writing here just to write something. The management is really just great!


  10. Working for this University kept me afloat during college

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    Current Employee - ITS Receptionist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - ITS Receptionist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In college it is important to have a balance between work, school, and your social life. Luckily, here they are generous and flexible with hours and taking time off.

    Cons

    Of course nothing is perfect, unfortunately the pay is weak. But that is expected at this level of job.

    Advice to Management

    I think it is a perfect college job


  11. Very nice people to work with

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked as a Research Assistant in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. People are very nice and collaborate with each other (both within the CEE department and other research group on campus) on projects. The health insurance is very good (for UI Grad Care, it is only about 25 dollars, including dental care) and we have the wonderful Iowa hospital and clinics.

    Cons

    Winter is long. But the response system is very good, cambus and road condition will be quickly restored.



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