University of Chicago Reviews

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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)

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

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

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  1. The best place to be a student ever.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hyde Park is awesome, it's just far enough from Downtown that you feel like you're in a small neighborhood. The bike paths along the lake are great to ride on. U of C is a place like no other. There are always interesting events and lectures to go to. Campus is easily walkable and there's lots of on and off campus housing available, as well as good public transportation to and from campus from all parts of the city. If you like academia and want to work at a top university, this place would be a great fit for you.

    Cons

    Don't work here if you're not into the academic way of life. There aren't a lot of good places to eat directly on campus, although I would recommend Cobb coffee shop for its atmosphere, but just down 57th street there are a ton of places, and if you like Thai food, definitely order some from the Snail. I really don't have much to complain about - I worked designing and machining experimental equipment in a physics lab and found it extremely rewarding. I don't know what any of the other divisions were like, but my experience with the Physics department was pretty much all positive.

    Advice to Management

    Don't Build the mansueto library - it's totally out of character with the rest of campus


  2. UoC is a very good place to work learn and develop

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Chicago, IL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a researcher in UoC you can work with some of the best scientist in the country. Academy life are great: Interesting, rewarding and extremely good work life balance. Basically, you are free to do whatever is in your interest and you get paid for it!

    Cons

    You must be self motivated. No one will tell you what to do. Also compensation is less then in corporates.

    Advice to Management

    This is not relevant


  3. no

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    best University. good benefits like medical

    Cons

    too bad neighborchood, criminal, scary to walk at night

    Advice to Management

    no


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  5. Working hear has been the best experience.

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    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very family oriented. My manager is very understanding when I have to take off due to emergencies. My manager is very fair and doesn't micromanage. The company is easily accessible from major bus and train routes

    Cons

    Hard to find parking. The University is not located in a very safe neighborhood. We often hear reports of assaults and robberies. There is a University side and a Hospital side. I would recommend applying for all jobs on the university side. The Hospital is a lot more restricted.

    Advice to Management

    Raises greater than 3% would be greatly appreciated as well as lessening the time it takes to get a promotion approved.


  6. Hard but valuable

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    Current Employee - Student in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Student in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You'll probably get a pretty nice job afterward.

    Cons

    The place will probably kick your ass, and seriously decrease the size of any ego you may have.

    Advice to Management

    The sink-or-swim attitude towards students knocks some smart people out of a decent GPA simply because they lack guidance.


  7. Fantastic Graduate Student Experience.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Takes Care, Lot of money, interdisciplinary activities, great library, exposure, use of Argonne and Fermilab, city life, very academic and intellectual environment.

    Cons

    Cost of living in city is high. Neighbourhood is not happenning, bad for sports activities, not good for engineering research, very non-fun school.


  8. Research Assistant at Booth is a great job for students

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

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

    Pros

    there are flexible hours that fit student schedules, the work isn't overly tiring, and the atmosphere is pleasant and easy-going

    Cons

    As a student balancing work and studies, working for the University is great. I can't think of many cons for my job in particular, as I find it non-stressful and accommodating.


  9. Great academic environment.

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Very little supervision can sometimes be counterproductive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. Good company to work for, if your looking for a stable career

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    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Salary, the overall environment is great, casual dress code. Pretty great place.

    Cons

    Big company so lots of changes at any given time

    Advice to Management

    Maintain loyalty to loyal employees.


  11. Wonderul experience, great place to work

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    Current Employee - Compliance in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Compliance in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, Friendly people, Great Benefits, Supports Learning

    Cons

    There are no cons to working here



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