NORC at the University of Chicago

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NORC at the University of Chicago Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
73 Reviews
3.1
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Pros
  • Very flexible schedule, plenty of opportunities to work on different projects, great location (right in the Loop) (in 7 reviews)

  • flexible hours, decent pay, work from home (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, hours may be sporadic (esp (in 5 reviews)

  • What the heck is competitive about minimum wage (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Access to very intelligent coworkers, interesting topics, flexible hours and good work-life balance

    Cons

    Difficulty moving up corporate ladder

  2.  

    My experience at NORC has been very enlightening to the social science world and its importance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for NORC would be the knowledge and experience you’ll receive.

    Cons

    Not really a challenge, but be ready to learn from talented individuals, stay on your toes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    a good company to work in

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, develop skills.

    Cons

    slow promotion process, Ph.D. degree means a lot.

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  5.  

    It is a good company, but little room for growth.

    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working here you can apply to jobs and advance without having advanced degrees.

    Cons

    They expect a lot from you but the pay is not equal. They do not offer a lot of full time positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More feedback would be helpful. More room for growth.

  6.  

    Doors DO NOT Open for Everyone at NORC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    the company's mission and accomplishment are something to be proud of. The international projects are very interesting. It is a great place to learn if you really care about market research. Great facilities and locations.

    Cons

    Good luck training yourself. The lack of training and the opportunities to grow are sadly minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give that people around you a chance to prove their potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    IT'S OKAY!!!

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    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I've met a few friends here. The job is very flexible. You can trade shifts with your co-workers. Breaks are PAID and you can take them whenever you want. There is room for advancement. They let you know when higher positions are open for hiring. For the most part promotions are made within the company. I've seen my friends get promoted from a telephone interviewer to supervisors. Supervisors for the most part are generally friendly and want to see you do well. I've had a few supervisors pull me to the side and tell me when I was doing my job very well. For the most part everyone I know here makes friends or at least have someone they enjoy sitting next to while conducting surveys. OH AND THEY ALSO BUY US FOOD ON RANDOM OCCASIONS. I'm not sure why but a few times I came to work and they bought everyone Food from this downtown restaurant ....

    Cons

    There are a couple people who let their authority get to their head. Like I said for the most part, the supervisors are generally nice or at least do their job well. Now these people called "Peer Helpers" who are one position UNDER the supervisors tend to be very cocky. Peer helpers are basically Telephone Interviewers who have very high production rates, so they walk the floor to help other telephone interviewers if they have questions. Majority of them are nice. But there are a few who seem to pick on us regular telephone interviewers.

    ON ANOTHER NOTE. They are very strict on attendance. If you have been here for one month or one year they do not care if your attendance drop below 85% your gone! Well this really isn't a con for me because I enjoy going to work everyday because Its a fairly easy job and my attendance is always over 100%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think everything is Okay, however just stop hiring more people than you need. And beware who you promote to Peer Helpers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    helpdesk tech

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk Tech in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Tech in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    none this place is hell

    Cons

    place is terrible for any growth. they treat you like robots. very strick on processes. they mico-manage and you have 3 bosses that will tell you when you screw something up. STAY AWAY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open minded

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Survey Specialist II

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    Former Employee - Survey Specialist II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Survey Specialist II in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    At the time, NORC gave 8.5% of your salary towards your 403b. That price is not a match, but an employer contribution.

    Cons

    Most managers are out of touch. Junior staff will experience a ceiling with their professional development. Managers and mentors will give you empty promises for professional and career development. With a graduate degree, they offered me an initial salary in the low 40s. That pay is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Worth it because of its association with the university...

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    Former Employee - Data Archiving in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Archiving in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Proximity to campus and networking with other individuals in the same field.

    Cons

    Compensation and lack of true direction with respect to specific initiative(s).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place for college students

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    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    schedule flexibility, extremely nice supervisors

    Cons

    No personal growth among coworkers and in office, you are basically stuck on your desk all the time and can't even talk to anyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please allow more flexibility with letting workers take advantage of free time in between calls such as reading!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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