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University of Chicago Reviews

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

3.8
307 Reviews
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Robert J. Zimmer
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Part-time research assistant & student

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

    Pros

    Depends on department, but typically very flexible with schedules.

    Cons

    Commuting by CTA everyday can be a hassle sometimes, but otherwise pretty solid for a part-time employee balancing work and school.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Relaxing work environment but boring with no advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great place to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice salaries. Opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Somewhat hard to navigate in terms of getting people to collaborate on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Problematic values and culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good compensation and time-off policies, beautiful historic campus.

    Cons

    Process poor, values and culture are concerning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great place, if you like academic environments

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pretty much everyone here is a quality person, trying to do quality work. The benefits (vacation time, sick time, personal time, etc) are great. It's headed in a positive direction too, with the management actively looking for ways to expand and improve. At the same time, if you just want to settle in, put your head down, and do good work, you can do that too.

    Cons

    You definitely have to make your own opportunities here. There can be limited room for advancement, unless you're creative. Your salary might be lower than if you in the commercial world, although that's probably made up for in the benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant at Computation Institute

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Lots of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyday you are surrounded by great colleagues and very intelligent students. Campus life can provide alot of extra benefits including lectures and prestigious guest speakers.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at such a great institution. The experience working at the University of Chicago was such a greaty one!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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