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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
357 Reviews
3.9
357 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

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

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    • 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 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
  2.  

    Both good and frustrating.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Super

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Time off, salary, promotions, travel

    Cons

    Office culture, work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calm down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Operations and Capital Projects Teams Need Better Leadership!

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    • 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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance
    Benefits are good
    Near public transportation

    Cons

    Ethics - Leadership allows unethical behavior from Directors and above and hides their bad behavior
    Operations Team is not in alignment with the values of the University
    Capital Project Team and Operations are not in alignment
    Reports of Discrimination and Retaliation are frequent in these department
    Yearly increases are minimal
    Extremely political
    Safety between campus and Harper Court is concerning.\

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be true to the values and behaviors of the University. Treat employees respectfully and work on being ethical from the top down. Develop effective Leaders and get away from the gossip meaningless discussions. Truly embrace a more diverse leadership team. The University needs to take a closer look at these two teams and the Leaders that they have in place. There are some very disturbing things going on within the departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Lab Technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to prepare the next career

    Cons

    Location is not very prefect

  9.  

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Good academic environment

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    • Senior Management
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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
  11.  

    Data Science Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Science Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Science Fellow in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great collaborative atmosphere, lots of opportunity to learn and build skills, real-world datasets and solving real problems
    The best thing about DSSG is that it's a chance to take all the data science/ML/stats skills that normally funnel into tech or finance, and use them to make a (near-)immediate, positive impact. There were so many great projects to work on, most involving health care, education, housing, and urban planning.

    Cons

    Small teams sometimes lacked clear leadership roles from mentors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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