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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
361 Reviews
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Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 29 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance in my role, even though they emphasize it because it's non-profit (in 6 reviews)

  • Not enough room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    best part-time job

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

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

    Pros

    - flexible hours
    - fun atmosphere
    - great pay

    Cons

    it's the perfect campus job, but it doesn't contribute much to your resume

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Top-tier University - scholarly environment, amicable staff.

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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

    Pros

    Many avenues for advancement, office culture was friendly and professional - I was able to walk around with a smile on my face most days.

    Cons

    No complaints. Work-life balance was at time a bit hard to maintain - UChicago is a very work hard - play hard sort of place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall it is a nice place to work.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The campus and neighborhood are very nice. The scientific facilities are exceptional. Many of the faculty are very good as well.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Sometimes work environment can be pretty caustic. A select few of the faculty are not nice people at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Powerful ideas, great work being done, egos to match.

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible schedule, receptive to new ideas.

    Cons

    Limited follow-through and vision. Hard to get people to commit to actually completing work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Policies focused on minimizing meeting time and maximizing productive hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Both good and frustrating.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Prospect Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Prospect Management in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits, especially time off and flex-time.
    - Stable job security
    - Top tier institution, on the cutting edge in many fields

    Cons

    - Low pay for work
    - Poor work/life balance in my role, even though they emphasize it because it's non-profit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employmee satisfaction and retention, losing too many good employees because of politics and poor pay (even given industry standards).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place to prepare the next career

    Cons

    Location is not very prefect

  8.  

    Lab Technician

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

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The hours are good, and pay is reasonable. Overtime is allowed and unrestricted. The work is interesting and, if you are in a good lab, the people are great to work with. Once you're in a department, they are willing to work to keep you even if you have to switch labs because of changes in funding.

    Cons

    In the wrong lab, no matter how interesting the work, your day-to-day life can be terrible. Choose your lab carefully.

    Recommends
  9.  

    depending on different supervisors, work, life and career will be very different

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

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

    Pros

    academic atmosphere,
    nice colleagues,
    convenient resources,
    the Great Chicago Summer,

    Cons

    While the summer is great, the winter is ridiculous.
    The engineering values here is limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I enjoyed working with University of Chicago, I enjoyed working with CPS as a partner with the university in working wit

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    Former Employee - Survyor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Survyor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The culture environment with the employees was very good. The have team work environment.

    Cons

    The challengers of working with the survey lab would be with Chicago Public Schools. Working with the different high schools with high school student can be ca challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management would be to interact with the employees from time to time. It would help develop an good culture environment in your organization. Having happy and satisfied employees can mean the success of an organization. I believe that the employees is the core of the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good academic environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You have the chance to work with some of the brightest people in the world. The campus is very compact so you can very easily walk to other departments for interdisciplinary collaborations.

    Cons

    The safety issue around campus is always a problem

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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