University of Chicago Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Best time of my life

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

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

    Pros

    People are super smart and open minded.

    Cons

    Salary was low. But it was an academic environment, so it was understandable. On the flip side, the university offered a lot of side benefits (gym, library, health, etc.)

  2. Great People, very professional, easy to communicate

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    Current Employee - Research Professional Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Professional Associate in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Compensation
    Ability to move up
    Leadership possibilities
    Multicultural
    Wonderful people
    Safe work environment
    Once hired nice job security
    Considered non profit for student loan repayment

    Cons

    Location safe, but technically south side
    In order to move up you really have to stand out, but very possible if you're hard working
    Easy to conform, so many do and then complain about not moving up

    Advice to Management

    Some departments need better management and organization.
    Others are great as they are.

  3. Great atmosphere, company doing great work you can be passionate about

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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 (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Crime Lab works on interesting projects and everyone who I've interacted with is very professional and efficient. People are dedicated to the research projects they work on. I worked mostly independently in high schools across the city and the Crime Lab paid for my transportation. The work they do is fascinating, and the people are all friendly and public service minded.

    Cons

    This is a great company to work for and I can't think of any cons. I worked here during college and they were very flexible with working around my schedule.

    Advice to Management

    No changes needed.

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  5. Great job for a student

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

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

    Pros

    As a part-time student worker, I had great flexibility of hours and opportunities to take on projects of my choosing. They're very willing to give you time for personal reasons and for classes, while also letting you pursue things you want to work on.

    Cons

    No real cons for a student worker -- the work-life balance was good, as was compensation at $12 per hour. However, there's no real way to move up or join after graduation.

  6. Great people, fun office, very organized and efficient, high energy, fast-paced

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

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

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

    Pros

    Developed as a public speaker, networked, developed administrative skills, great office atmosphere

    Cons

    Very busy at times, almost overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Management does a good job

  7. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago

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

    Pros

    Very hierarchical but great support structure, good management, high expectations, fast-paced environment, often working evenings and weekends, ample paid time off, many opportunities for personal growth

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, you will likely have several people to report to, lots of red tape to go through when trying to make changes, a lot of institutional bias and adversity to change

  8. I work in a great office. Very little office bureaucracy and supportive management.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible and accommodating. Positive working environment. Not opposed to change or new ideas.

    Cons

    Kind of low salary compared other industries.

  9. Great for alumni

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    Current Employee - Senior Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Lower up front salary than comparable positions

  10. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - flexible hours
    - fun atmosphere
    - great pay

    Cons

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

  11. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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