University of Chicago Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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  1. Great Program and great work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Program Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The program directors have created a culture in which the staff are valued and the students we served (approx. 250 to 350 graduate students) are well taken care of and treated with respect. Great colleagues, lots of independence. I felt enabled to provide top quality service to my clients and could feel good about my work every day. What more can you ask for?

    Cons

    There was no downside to this job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and continue to be a model for practice across the university.

  2. undergrad TA

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago

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

    Pros

    environment: nice lab for study, great people, great professor and students

    Cons

    not much money. the payment is a little bit low

  3. Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers are good people and the culture is one where people are able to get invested in a problem and dedicate time to fix it/improve it.

    Cons

    The location is a bit of a drag. It isn't really that easy to access via public transportation and the area is pretty dangerous if you go a few blocks off campus.

    Advice to Management

    Put more funding into making systems and facilities work better. Obviously the money is there, it just needs to be spent on modernization.

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  5. I provided library services to people and offices, with a specialization in mixed technologies.

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    Former Employee - Library Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Library Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The community is a major pro. The workforce and university community is diverse, intelligent, and highly motivated. These attributed translate to innovation in the workplace. The University of Chicago also offers very good health and financial planning benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries for non-faculty staff are lower than in non-academic sectors. Due to its size and the close-knit nature of its tributary professional associations the University is prone to organizational inertia and top heaviness with somewhat limited opportunities for advancement. Tensions between unions and adminstration have led to a system where team performance is not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    More should be done to provide pay bonuses for team performance. This needs to addressed both by management and labor.

  6. Career Services Student Worker

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, and the work is just the right amount of demanding for a student worker.

    Cons

    You have many bosses in the Career Services office and it can be difficult to navigate priorities.

  7. Business Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's a vibrant community where there's always a lot of interesting events going on. The professional standards in my area (which is external-facing) are very high. Generally, the pace of work is challenging enough to be interesting, but also allows a good work/life balance (i.e. generally not a lot of overtime).

    Cons

    It can be hard to get recognized and promoted, particularly if you've worked there a long time and/or you are part-time.

  8. Fast-paced, challenging work environment with the opportunity to work with dedicated professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Focus on continuous improvement and opportunity to work with state of the market technologies.

    Cons

    No formal bonus program in higher education, but benefits are generally good and very comparable to private industry.

  9. Assistant Director

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, assess to amazing research resources, intellectual leaders. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure, lacking transparency when it comes to salary/raises and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many layers of bureaucracy at the UChicago, it's difficult to direct criticism or praise to any one person- I'm very satisfied within my own team, outside that group it's another story.

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    Clinical Research

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, strong learning environment, good work/life balance. My supervisors were almost always reasonable, understanding, supportive and kind. Job goals and timelines were reachable. Stress was at a reasonable level at most times.

    Cons

    Experience can vary widely between supervisors, even within same department. Compensation does not always match education/experience level. Some supervisors do not prioritize research work over clinical work, which could make the job difficult. If your area of research is not oncology, you will not get any recognition or funding from higher-ups.

    Advice to Management

    Clinical research guidelines are needed for tasks as simple as where to order supplies or how to replenish subject payment funds.

  11. Abusive Management Styles Dominate

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant & Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant & Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lovely library and fine location.

    Cons

    Abusive management styles and modes of interpersonal interaction dominate this work environment. Frequent physical aggression between faculty and directed at staff (i.e. shouting, slamming doors, hitting walls/doorways, cursing, domineering invasions of personal space and affects). Frequent passive-aggressive physical violations, apparently aimed at condescension, coming from from faculty and directed at staff (unwelcome & patronizing touch, infantilizing communication by tone and content, power projection using body positioning - cornering, kneeling, hovering). Frequent psychological abuse from and between faculty and among staff by position of power (i.e. unmasked sexist and racist remarks, nearly constant scapegoating of most vulnerable staff, high-intensity psychological sweat-shopping). Human resources necessarily cooperative with abusive management and, as such, non-protective of employee rights to safe working environment.

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