University of Chicago

  www.uchicago.edu
  www.uchicago.edu

University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
364 Reviews
3.9
364 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Robert J. Zimmer
28 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

249 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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.  

    Super

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Operations and Capital Projects Teams Need Better Leadership!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Data Science Fellow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Diverse Community, Full Workload.....Little room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Diversity! No two employees are the same....the opportunities to work with people of all backgrounds is a valuable professional experience I enjoyed.

    Constant Workload- Never boring.

    Sense of community - working for a University was fresh and innovative in some areas

    Cons

    Compensation! I was never paid my worth and ultimately decided to leave due to that reason.

    Political- some senior leaders in some units take their job a little serious and act almost snobby. Its not a corporate world so some of the stringent decision making standards and stiff communication need to be relaxed.

    No room for growth-not many options for growth in individual units except for administrative roles, and transferring between units is very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay diverse and innovative....focus more on people and interpersonal relationships

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience as a Research Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Specialist II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Specialist II in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Friendly coworkers. Overall, good work environment.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Grad Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Definitely a great place to learn, really enjoyed working with the administrative staff and great research facilities.

    Cons

    Employment office help was lacking. Very little direction in terms of what to do for a new job once we graduated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more help to students looking to pursue alternative careers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    UCHOICAH

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    its good wonderfu awsum mind blowing

    Cons

    Balance prmotions politics nothing getting setting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NO more advices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Smart place with a big objective

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great community and integration with academic leaders. Intellectually stimulating environment and mission. Large organization and stable. Ambitious leadership and overall strategy. Lots of opportunity if you're willing to take it. Education benefit for family and yourself is often utilized.

    Cons

    Extremely siloed between various elements of the University. Low pay relative to other options in same space. Large variance between different departments and career paths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Boss in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Boss in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    great leadership good people smart people

    Cons

    not good in terms of where all the money is going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

University of Chicago Photos

Work at University of Chicago? Share Your Experiences

University of Chicago

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.