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Research Assistant at Booth is a great job for students

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Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

Pros

there are flexible hours that fit student schedules, the work isn't overly tiring, and the atmosphere is pleasant and easy-going

Cons

As a student balancing work and studies, working for the University is great. I can't think of many cons for my job in particular, as I find it non-stressful and accommodating.

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    Great benefits, pretty good working environment, but little professional growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Teamsters union for a number of library jobs
    Great library HR
    Pay for student workers and staff is good
    1/2 tuition discount for FT staff (still is expensive, though)
    Many library departments have good communication and good bosses
    Interdepartmental communication is pretty good
    Almost everyone is very friendly and helpful
    UCPD is good
    University is careful with budget and endowment. The downturn has caused some financial tightness, but it's far less trouble than what other universities face.
    Strong internal hiring for positions

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. You can, but it takes a while. You may need to leave and come back with additional experience to get the higher-level positions, like a librarian position.

    There will be a few people here and there who are only "ok" employees, and people who are difficult to work with, and they can make a department less fun to work with. Nothing terribly dysfunctional, though. The vast majority are great to work with.

    Needs improvement in collaborative communication, like wikis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your department isn't already part of the wiki, do so. It is useful to share documents in a central location and have it in a place where everyone can edit it. That way the important documents aren't sitting on individuals' computers, inaccessible should they be on vacation or home sick.

    Review policies, procedures, and any documentation on a regular basis, so there aren't stuff dating back to the 1990s still floating around.

    Document jobs with manuals that are kept up to date. I know there's usually not a lot of turnover, and there's usually a lot of institutional memory, but it will make it easier for new hires or even internally promoted people to get up to speed. That way if the long-time employee leaves, gets sick, dies, or retires, the department isn't up a creek without a paddle.

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    Excellent EOE

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    Current Employee - Professor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great management and teamwork, excellent place to work.

    Cons

    Maybe stressful at times but employees can get good support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!

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