University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares
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85 Ratings

Pros
  • The university has a flexible work life balance, it has an excellent access to a great city (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible Hours, Great Environment for Work (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • They pay very poorly and the non tenured professors recently went on strike due to the absurdly low pay (in 10 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. Accounting Associate

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good vacation package. Learning Environment

    Cons

    No big ones so far.


  2. Athletics Attendant Supervisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Best Management and Senior level Employees. Work Culture is very friendly and accommodating.

    Cons

    The pay could be questionable. However given a student job no one should have complaints.


  3. Community of Teachers, Researchers, and Civically Engaged Learners

    Current Employee - Teacher and Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher and Researcher in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent intellectual culture; diverse campus; Chicago's largest public research university; community engagement; centrally located in the heart of Chicago; community of socially and politically engaged learners.

    Cons

    Teaching assistant stipends can be difficult in meeting the cost of living in Chicago. Healthcare and dental benefits can be difficult to utilize without guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Protect the faculty and professional integrity of the university's mission in the face of constraining bureaucratic and budgetary limitations.


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  5. Research Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Pay arrives on time. Friendly environment. People help each other out. Very diverse working group which helps in growth.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunity. Requires a lot of patience. It is a long term investment. And perks are not much. One can't go much higher in job position and salary.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to Management would be to give better opportunity to employees to grow and flourish. And provide more incentives.


  6. Graduate Teaching Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago as a contractor (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Not much oversight and training, so lots of freedom to design sections and courses.

    Cons

    Public university, so graduate student funding (teaching opportunities) depended on state budget.

    Advice to Management

    Support graduate students on campus as teachers - train them to teach and help them manage their time.


  7. Work of RA/TA

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Close to Chicago downtown, relaxed atmosphere, great people, a lot of females on faculty in Science

    Cons

    Low pay, the Union works poorly and negotiates badly


  8. Custodian

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Custodian in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Custodian in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good place to work at.

    Cons

    Had it's bad days too.


  9. Graduate Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I had the amazing supervisor with flexible timing during my exams.

    Cons

    Absolutely nothing to complain about.


  10. Probably similar to most public universities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago part-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There isn't anything that really sets UIC apart, either positively or negatively. Work conditions are likely similar to other comparable public universities.

    Cons

    Only two weeks of unpaid parental leave, basically no sick leave, and pay and responsibilities vary wildly depending upon your department of work.


  11. Good experience overall

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, lenient supervisors, and very culturally diverse workplace.

    Cons

    Sometimes HR can very slow with processing your paperwork. Lots of backlogged in administration as well.



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