University of Illinois at Chicago

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University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
230 Reviews
3.7
230 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are looking for work-life balance, this is the place to be (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and GREAT vacation and sick leave benefits (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • They pay very poorly and the non tenured professors recently went on strike due to the absurdly low pay (in 9 reviews)

  • Company does what it wants to and is not hiring civil service employees again after it stopped (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place, low pay and appreciation

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    Current Employee - Project Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The University is centrally located and easily accessible by way of public transportation. The students environment and culture here is wonderful and the students are great people. Flexible hours and GREAT vacation and sick leave benefits.

    Cons

    The upper administration at UIC seriously devalues the administrative staff; it is extremely difficult to get promoted and/or obtain a salary increase. Employees are rarely acknowledge for the commitment to the university, thus causing the morale to be lower than it should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to find value in the people that actually work hard to make things happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    location of UIC and facilities

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

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very close to down town and public transportation

    Cons

    traffic with the different events in Chicago, and construction can make it difficult to leave or get to work if you're driving.. Sometimes there can be service interruptions with the el also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrading facilities should also be looked at and offices that students, staff and faculty use.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I'm treated well, not everyone is

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Supportive department chair, really interesting students

    Cons

    Depressing architecture. Classrooms need more IT. State budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more transparency on salaries and benefits for non-union employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good university for graduate students

    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    living in a great city

    Cons

    The crime rate is very high in south side Chicago!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more shuttle service to neighborhoods!

  6.  

    Reseacher

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The university has a flexible work life balance, it has an excellent access to a great city..you get to meet people from different background, cultures..very vibrant campus..easy work load

    Cons

    The university needs to focus more on giving opportunities for graduate students, like more campus interviews, training for postdoctoral positions etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More on campus interviews

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    An excellent introduction to a career in acadaemia

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An excellent sense of comradery, brilliant coworkers, strong dedication to research

    Cons

    Like many public institutions, vastly underfunded, the administration receives competitive salaries while staff and faculty must constantly fight for fair compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very positive experience. Excellent benefits for students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Having a job while you study helps you financially. The employers are very supportive of your studies and give you a time off during exams

    Cons

    Managing work and studies can be difficult at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Graduate assistants should be entitled for more benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The environment is very diverse and I learned a lot from the others.

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    Current Employee - UIC - Tutor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - UIC - Tutor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are really nice and working here is easy.

    Cons

    There is not much competition here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Nepotistic, unfriendly, dirty politics, unprofessional atmosphere.

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    Former Employee - Accounting Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Close to downtown, few really good people who suffer silently, long 10 day Christmas break.

    Cons

    For almost all jobs, there is a candidate who is the hiring manager wants in the position, yet the ad is put out to fulfill requirements of equal opportunity. Some people do nothing and still get paid because their supervisors want them in the position and don't care. It's such a waste of tax payers dollars. No wonder the state sales and income tax rates are the highest in the nation. Simple things are made complicated and there is such an unnecessary waste of resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sincere and have some morals. Senior University administration should look into the unethical practices that take place in some departments and have staff come forward and report them - rather than punish staff who report malpractices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Silo work environment

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

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good way to start your career
    Work and life balance

    Cons

    People work in silos
    Very hierarchy organization from the classification of civil service employees to academic professional employees ( AP) which is not the same from department/college to college. If you are classified as a civil service people will treat you without respect.
    Compensation and classification is not the same from department to department or college to college. You might be doing the same job as someone else or even more and be making less in salary.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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