University of Chicago Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Robert J. Zimmer
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Pros
  • Prestigious University and good benefits (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits and reasonable work-life balance, if you want it (in 12 reviews)

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  • Office culture, work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • low pay, little room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Intellectually stimulating

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have worked as a teaching assistant for 6 academic quarters, a research assistant for 6 and a grader for 1. I believe that the experience for professors and staff scientists will be quite different. 1) Intellectually stimulating: people in general are very smart and are genuinely interested in learning and growth 2) Very supportive environment: people are generally super nice 3) Great work ethic: people care a lot about their work and generally strive to try their best

    Cons

    1) Too academic: sometimes it will seem that research is the only thing that matters in life 2) Food is bad: I can not pull one place out of my head in the vicinity that is tasty and healthy and reasonably prized 3) Transportation: the university subsidized 171 and 172 have ridiculous schedules, esp. during the summer. Sometimes people have to walk in the Chicago wind and snow simply because the buses are too packed to load more passengers.

    Advice to Management

    1) Get better food 2) Run 171 and 172 more frequently during bad weathers and the summer!


  2. Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location, forefront of medicine and schooling

    Cons

    long hours and old buildings

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the unions.


  3. On-Campus Intern

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Improves cash-flow as a current student.

    Cons

    Work can be very elementary

    Advice to Management

    Better dialogue with student employees.


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  5. Research Professional I

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    Current Employee - Research Professional I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Professional I in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Top level research environment; diverse cultural atmosphere; great campus

    Cons

    around south-side Chicago, security is a concern


  6. Assistant Director

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chicago Booth is a collaborate, innovative environment that is always looking to improve and seek new ideas. They are committed to providing professional development for their staff.

    Cons

    Chicago Booth is slow to promote it's employees. Often is takes at least 3 years to obtain a promotion unless you are changing roles from office to office.

    Advice to Management

    Chicago Booth is run very efficiently and effectively. It would be beneficial to staff if there was structure built around promotions and raises.


  7. Go elsewhere if you have the flexibility!

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    Former Employee - FULL PROFESSOR in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - FULL PROFESSOR in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Smart students. An effort to be competitive.

    Cons

    Doe not base promotion on quality but rather on service. Would into know a truly cutting edge idea in the development stages, if a thousand people told them. They hire AFTER you have made an achievement, not before. Luckily, I was one of the few who was hired based on my achievement, but not many really are. And the really top notch people go to Stanford, Penn, Harvard or Princeton.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a president who knows how to innovate, especially in the sciences, and in the relationship between business and science. Get a new medical school dean, and a new dean of GSB. The administrative structure needs a shake ups badly, before they lose more people.


  8. Great benefits, lack of transparency

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    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really smart colleagues among the staff, who understand the institution very well. And, excellent benefits and options for health insurance, child care savings, retirement savings..

    Cons

    It's somewhat hierarchical, but it doesn't want to appear to be that way, so it can be tough to navigate, particularly if you have any interaction with faculty as part of your work.

    Advice to Management

    Every decision made is an opportunity to increase transparency, which would go a long way toward building trust, morale, and loyalty among both staff and faculty.


  9. Not Terrible

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student - BSD in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student - BSD in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a BSD graduate student, there are a lot of perks, but few are unique the University of Chicago. It's mid-tier research university with some very strong programs and some weak. The quality of your time here is largely determined by your personal investment and your advisor... choose wisely. The BSD had put a respectable amount of effort in career guidance for graduate students. Keep in mind that the number of biology PhDs that make it to professorships are single digit percentages, so statistically, you will be doing something outside academia.

    Cons

    Bloated administration. Far from Chicago's north-side cultural attractions. Obscene spending on fancy buildings, landscaping. TAship pay for the BSD is only $1200 per class. Basically not worth the additional effort, and extra teaching is discouraged (even though a majority of future faculty positions are primarily teaching). The health insurance isn't great. Unexpected medical complications can cost thousands out of pocket, which is hard on a 30k stipend.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't interact with the management of the university at all. My relationship with my advisor is like most: I like them mostly, hate them sometimes, but they are a consistence force for good in my thesis work.


  10. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A great learning environment.

    Cons

    Salaries can be little lower than corporate jobs


  11. Brief

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    I have not had any terrible experiences working here.



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