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University of Chicago Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
386 Reviews
3.9
386 Reviews
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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)

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  1.  

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

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    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very busy at times, almost overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to do research

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    University of Chicago has great flexibility

    Cons

    The job occasionally requires interaction with belligerent people.

  6.  

    Good university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    -collaborative faculty
    -good working environment
    -well funded

    Cons

    -many technicians are not knowledgeable
    -stuffy graduate students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    World class university is heaven for academics

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    This is a world class university, especially in my area. Generally, there are lots of opportunities to meet brilliant colleagues and to collaborate. Critical thinking is especially strong at this university: no assumption will be left unquestioned.

    Cons

    This is a world class university. That means a lot of very competitive people, some of whom are ready to use pretty unsavory tactics to stay on top.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great place for growth

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Staff are friendly and encourage growth within the university.

    Cons

    Things move very fast - could be good or bad.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great for alumni

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    Current Employee - Senior Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Lower up front salary than comparable positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    I work in a great office. Very little office bureaucracy and supportive management.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Very flexible and accommodating. Positive working environment. Not opposed to change or new ideas.

    Cons

    Kind of low salary compared other industries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Very hierarchical but great support structure, good management, high expectations, fast-paced environment, often working evenings and weekends, ample paid time off, many opportunities for personal growth

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, you will likely have several people to report to, lots of red tape to go through when trying to make changes, a lot of institutional bias and adversity to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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