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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
318 Reviews
3.8
318 Reviews
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Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits and reasonable work-life balance, if you want it (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is allergic to responsibility, yet repressive of initiative (in 6 reviews)

  • There is little room for career growth and the salary is mediocre (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Teaching Assistance-ship

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working here has been an absolute joy and I could not have been happier with my choice to pursue this undertaking at an institution that prides itself on being a haven for life of the mind.

    Cons

    Despite what some may say, the self deprecating attitudes of the general undergraduate student population is not representative of the true culture that would thrive in this type of community. People are genuine, work hard, and strive to find meaning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Undergraduate research is highly recommended

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best way to apply the material learned in classes and gain out-of-class experience is to participate in cutting-edge research as early as possible. Most faculty have funds allocated for taking on a student or two; a combination of professors, postdocs, and senior students will help you. Research opportunities are not limited to just the physical sciences. I not only learned a great deal, but I am personally satisfied that the body of work I accomplished is meaningful in the context of my field.

    Cons

    Initially finding a faculty adviser can be difficult. I had to rely on some connections I made through graduate students. On the other hand, there is no harm in asking multiple people at regular (but not too frequent) intervals. Everyone is generally nice. Also, as an undergrad, the learning curve is rather steep. Don't expect to switch research groups every 6 months and try many different fields. In 6 months you will just learn the basics of what is being done. Expect to dedicate 1-2 years for each group, at least.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good acadmic atmosphere, good place to level up your career

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

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

    Pros

    nice people, good professors.decent pay for postdocs

    Cons

    the living enviorment is terrible. dare I say I have received the emails regarding robbery/crime around the neighbores everyday?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no. I don't talk to the management. I only spoken with my advisors mostly.

    Recommends
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    Monotonous work lacking clear direction

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    In some small way, contribute to important research. I enjoyed being able to work directly with a professor whose name I have read in popular publications.

    Cons

    Repetitive data entry work without clear deadlines or understanding of project. I did not understand what the greater purpose of my monotonous labor was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication about purpose of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    U of C, IT Services - good

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    Current Employee - IT Person  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Person in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    ability to make a difference and give feedback, flexible work hours, work from home policy, annual reviews and several recognition programs, open positions e-mailed to all staff but the advancement process is competitive, good team atmosphere with people in my group

    Cons

    would like better training plans and clearer advancement paths, work-life balance, long commute from west suburbs, parking, Lab School benefit can be tough to get for middle school kids

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve training policies, make sure managers follow up on advancement paths

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    TA for biosci

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good mix of help from professors, and room to TA your section how you want. Students are generally hard working, intelligent, and want to learn. When you run into the rare problem student, the administration is quick to help, without being overbearing or difficult about it. High expectations for professionalism, knowledge, preparation, etc. TA community is also nice. Wish there was a space for TAs in the biosciences building.

    Cons

    Lots of grading. Very few real cons. Wish there was a bit more pay, but it was generally fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Supportive environment for research-oriented undergraduates

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The faculty are very supportive of students who are interested in research. It's easy to approach labs, and most will take on undergrads with minimal experience. Undergrads get to participate in lab meetings and get hands-on research experience. There are often opportunities for summer and post-grad employment. Most labs are open to their undergrad research assistants completing honors work towards a senior project in the lab, often in conjunction with a graduate student.

    Cons

    Some labs expect undergrads to complete a considerable amount of administrative or secretarial work, in addition to research tasks. As an undergraduate, there are few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be explicit in the proportion of time expected for different tasks in job descriptions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Good place for scientific research

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The atmosphere for research is really good in University of Chicago. They are now building the new Institute of molecular engineering to strengthen the week part of engineer there.

    Cons

    The salary for the staff is not very high, however, the benefit for child education is good since they will compensate the tuition for college study.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Development Job

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    Current Employee - Prospect Research Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Prospect Research Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent professional development opportunities, balance of self-initiated projects and assigned projects, very professional staff. Well compensated for nonprofit field. Taken seriously as a professional.

    Cons

    Very large department, difficult to get to know everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The regular employee mixers and all-staff meetings are very useful--it is easy to get lost in such a huge department!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Brilliant

    Former Employee - Student Support Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Support Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Not too many cons as far as I remembered

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