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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
364 Reviews
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364 Reviews
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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.  

    Great place to learn from top-notch researchers

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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

    Very friendly faculty and staff, great opportunity to learn numerous techniques, great opportunity to meet many new people and work with many different teams, benefits are good

    Cons

    pay could be better, extremely faced paced, often feels like there is minimal room for error, disagreements between faculty members can feel a bit stifling sometimes, growth or improvement is not only based on personal performance but often feels based on external circumstances that cannot be controlled

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Postdoctoral scholar at Uchicago

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment for interacting with really smart people, fantastic postdocs, grad students and faculty.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for personal growth in terms of finding collaborations across environments and department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Senior Associate Director

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The University of Chicago is a great place to work if you are connected to the University. The University offers great benefits and training programs.

    Cons

    Depending on what department or division that you work for, there is not always enough room for career advancement. Annual salary increases are not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for career growth if you want to retain top employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Better than most universities for adjuncting but still poor

    Former Employee - Lecturer In the Humanities Core in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lecturer In the Humanities Core in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays much better than other universities for adjunct faculty positions, got an office, got reimbursed quickly for expenses, desk copies of textbooks reimbursed

    Cons

    When the president makes over $3 million a year, they can certainly compensate adjunct faculty better, library privileges were better when I was a grad student there, so that was a problem. obviously no benefits as an adjunct

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay all your teachers fairly, not just the upper level ones and provide benefits

  6.  

    decent grad school experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student - BSD in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student - BSD in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Courses are quite flexible, good academia atmosphere, great mentors available when choosing a lab to work in, decent studying environment (library, study room etc)

    Cons

    The neighborhood is kind of sketchy, and not a whole lot of entertainment.
    But the situation is improving, with the opening of new restaurants, fitness/shopping center, movie theater etc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Positive experience at the Department of Psychology Laboratory

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

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

    Pros

    Though the flexibility you are given completely depends on the size of the lab and the personality of the PI, generally I found the environment to be incredibly encouraging of personal development. The professors inspire respect from the research assistants. Everyone is held to a high standard for hard work, intelligence, and academic rigor. The social environment is congenial and family-like. We celebrated everyone's accomplishments, big or small. I was allowed to attend HR workshops to enhance my skills.

    Cons

    The general mood at UChicago is somber and highly scholarly. It is not a place that is encouraging of frivolous, non-academic pursuits. While it is a great place to work for anyone who wants research experience, or an insider view into professorial or doctoral student life, I don't think it would be a very relevant or "useful" place to work for those not interested in entering some serious academically oriented research. The hierarchy within the labs are also quite rigid, as years of experience, and educational level pre-determine your level of position within the laboratory. You would have to be seriously proactive and have great insights in order to be allowed to pursue your own project. The opportunity is open to do so, but you really would have to be quite persistent and be able to navigate funding issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (less than an 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
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Employer. Fantastic research university.

    Current Employee - Building Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Building Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Scholarly environment, rewarding work and workplace

    Cons

    Student employment kept largely separate from full time staff. While there is interaction there are not as many opportunities for transition as possible

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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