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University of Chicago Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
339 Reviews
3.9
339 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 27 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Not enough room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    U of C, IT Services - good

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (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
  2.  

    TA for biosci

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

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor (more than an 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Development Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    Supportive environment for research-oriented undergraduates

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time (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
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place for scientific research

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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
  7.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Not too many cons as far as I remembered

  8.  

    Top-ranked university. amazing campus. awful weather

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    UChicago is a top-ranked university. It has an amazing campus.

    Cons

    Chicago has an awful weather!

  9.  

    Post-Award Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Post-Award Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Post-Award Administrator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    It's one of the most famous universities in the world.

    Cons

    Since the limited budget issue, you will have less opportunity to continue to increase the knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Academic Environments Are Not All That You'd Expect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerical in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clerical in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    I was hired into a clerical position as an entry-level (recent grad) employee. There were lots of training opportunities, especially for specific software applications, if you knew which ones to pursue and could make the case for their relevance to your supervisor. Benefits were great and afforded lots of options; leave time was very generous (3 weeks vacation, 5 personal days, 10 sick days, lots of holidays, summer hours).

    Cons

    Mentorship was minimal, and the bureaucracy made moving within the organization difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire smart, aspiring young people to do primarily rote data entry and filing unless you plan to really take the time to invest in their professional growth; growth along a clerical (union) trajectory is not the same thing, and very different skills are required to succeed in administrative support positions than in a strategic or analytical role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Long term employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you are interested in pursuing a MBA, there is a great educational benefits

    Cons

    Unless you are promoted, you will only receive cost of living raises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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