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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
307 Reviews

3.8
307 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Relaxing work environment but boring with no advancement.

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    Former Employee - Desktop Computing Help Desk  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Desktop Computing Help Desk in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Learning a lot about support and the university's information systems.
    When there's nothing to do you can do your class homework.

    Cons

    Pretty boring job, no advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a great boss who taught me lots of things. He was very chill.
    Other people aren't so fortunate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work; excellent transitioning within university for career advancement

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good. The working hours are flexible with great work/personal life balance. Also, offers several certification programs covered by department for career development.

    Cons

    Limited to the Hyde Park Area in terms of safety and still somewhat sketchy. And commuting can be a headache, particularly in the winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no real issues with management. It's okay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Research Assistant at Computation Institute

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

    Pros

    I get the opportunity to work with really smart people on very difficult technical problems on a daily basis. I really enjoy the work, and hugely appreciate the patience of my managers.

    Cons

    Pay is low, but this is to be expected for a part-time student job. Besides that, not much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of opportunities

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    Former Employee - Fundraising  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Fundraising in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Working with the faculty on a regular basis was an interesting and unique opportunity. You realize how many brilliant minds there are on campus. When classes are in session, there is a real sense of energy on campus that makes it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    The trip to and from work via public transportation can be brutal in anything less than ideal weather. The campus also tends to feel very isolated from the rest of the city. The administration is enormous, so it can be easy to get lost in the crowd.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Horrible toxic work environment

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here are the caliber of students that you work with. They are highly intelligent and curious.

    Cons

    It is a toxic, sexist environment where the adminstration treats you like garbage. The benefits suck, many of your coworkers don't care about students and there is a lot of mediocrity, the commute sucks. This was the worst job I have ever had, and after this experience I will never work at a university again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is quite poor here. It is a very sexist, demeaning culture, and it is obvious that the culture of the place is all about prestige, and they do not care about employees at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good benefits, Bad communication

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice environment, good hours, good people

    Cons

    Training is nonexistent or poor, unorganized and no communication between departments, financial system from the stone age

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on overhauling your entire computer system from financials, to employees, to purchasing, and make ONE system that really works cross departmentally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Surprisingly corporate atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Researcher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    You are working with some of the most intelligent people in the world in one of the top research institutions in the country.

    Cons

    Especially given the current funding climate, there is an incredible pressure to produce data and the climate is surprisingly corporate - but without the monetary rewards and consistent 9-5 schedule that would be found in industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There was insufficient communication between the management and workers in my case. Many PIs have little to no practical leadership experience other than managing a lab. Obviously the environment in each lab may differ, and many PIs are natural-born leaders, but in my case it really showed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great

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

    Pros

    Great work environment as an undergrad research assistant.

    Cons

    Demanding PHD students can be a hassle.

  10.  

    Great School. Great Colleagues.

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    Current Employee - Director of Alumni Relations  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Alumni Relations in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good compensation, great health insurance, lots of professional development opportunities, smart people, world-renowned institution, opportunities for growth and change

    Cons

    Parking is a nightmare, Hyde Park isn't the best neighborhood, bureaucracy can be maddening

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Campus and Student Life - Good Working Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good benefits and reasonable work-life balance, if you want it. Most of the people I work with are friendly and warm.

    Cons

    Change takes forever to happen. Culture can be extremely bureaucratic and processes much slower than they need to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't focus so much on our US News and World Report status. Those ratings are not as important as student and staff satisfaction.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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