University of Chicago Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Program Manager for a $$ research program

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - flexible working hours
    - work with some of the smartest economists in the world
    - work on cutting edge policy issues
    - entrepreneurial role

    Cons

    - university is not an exciting workplace
    - work pace is unpredictable
    - unstructured growth path and learning environment
    - not enough $ paid

    Advice to Management

    - recognize talent and understand how best to use it
    - ensure employees workplates are full of challenging, meaninful assignments
    - ensure a social component to the job
    - pay more :)


  2. Overall positive experience - very high expectations

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top caliber staff
    Good work environment
    Flexible hours, but high expectations
    Pension plan

    Cons

    No annual bonus or perks (whatever base salary you agree too is what you will get).
    Pension plan only gets vested after 3 years


  3. Working as an RCA is an easy, laid-back job suitable for a college student.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Computing Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Residential Computing Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an RCA you're given exposure to both faculty and other students and are given an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to their college experience by enhancing their technical accessibility.

    Cons

    Training is a bit lacking and much of the work can be repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work!


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  5. Great job for a student

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

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a part-time student worker, I had great flexibility of hours and opportunities to take on projects of my choosing. They're very willing to give you time for personal reasons and for classes, while also letting you pursue things you want to work on.

    Cons

    No real cons for a student worker -- the work-life balance was good, as was compensation at $12 per hour. However, there's no real way to move up or join after graduation.


  6. It's a fine place to work as IT staff, but difficult to improve and grow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits for staff and academics
    Relaxed environment as a non-profit organization
    Great place to work until retirement
    A lot of opportunities for young people to start somewhere

    Cons

    Certainly not the best place for IT career development
    Not much room for promotions
    Salaries are below the average for the IT industry
    No bonuses or other monetary incentives as this is a non-profit organization
    Very difficult to fine good talented people to place on the team and keep them long enough
    It's frustrating to work with HR and the university bureaucracy in general

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear direction for business development
    Ease up on HR requirements for hiring IT talent


  7. Fantastic technical experience in university clinical laboratory

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    All technicians have the opportunity to learn about the entire clinical process starting with the genetic counselor to cytogenetics and DNA analysis.

    Cons

    The salary is very entry level for new laboratory technicians, however the opportunity to learn about technologies used in a clinical space was invaluable.


  8. Helpful (2)

    IT Management is EXTREMELY WEAK!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, IT in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director, IT in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are always many open positions in the IT dept due to the constant revolving door of personnel. It's a good place to get some skills and then move on. Looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    IT management and structure is constantly changing with no clear strategy. Positions and people are re-organized based on the changing whims of the persnickety CIO and the executive staff she enables. Favoritism, nepotism and the "good old girl" mentality is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    University president needs to clean house starting with CIO and all the VP's. Restructure the dept based on a career progression path to give people something to work and stay for. Problem is Zimmer (President/CEO) has been preoccupied with his divorce after having an affair with a university employee.


  9. Very good experience for 20 years at a leading academic institution.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top-level University with a strong and diverse campus of students, faculty and administrators.

    Cons

    University struggles to stay engaged with surrounding community and neighborhoods.

    Advice to Management

    Retain loyal employees in good standing with a proven track record of quality performance across multiple jobs.


  10. Good place to do research

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours
    friendly environment
    work with very talented people
    very competitive
    many thing to learn

    Cons

    too cold
    not very good location in the city


  11. Great people, fun office, very organized and efficient, high energy, fast-paced

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Developed as a public speaker, networked, developed administrative skills, great office atmosphere

    Cons

    Very busy at times, almost overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Management does a good job



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