University of Illinois at Chicago

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University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
222 Reviews

3.7
222 Reviews
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University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    research assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    have a lot of things to learn

    Cons

    long working time. Not too many professors and relative fields are very limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, great organization to work for in regards to academia

    Cons

    Management often lacks discipline and understand of current trends.

    Recommends
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    Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Business Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    UIC flies below the radar, but it is an excellent school, has a diverse student population, a powerhouse faculty and a really nice working environment.

    Cons

    Getting through the hiring process takes a long time. The HR function at UIC has its challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research assistant, conducted master thesis in Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence

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

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Research has lots of fundings, and is conducted in a professional way. Professors follow student pretty well (compared to Italy where is close to nothing)

    Cons

    Some of the facilities are old and there are no windows. Being a PhD here can be stressfull for some, requires a lot of dedication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    easy student job, flexible with schedule

    Cons

    Late nights, limited hours and weekend shifts

    Recommends
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    Research assistant, PhD student

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

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

    Pros

    great benefit, Usually (based on adviser) it can be a stress free environment.Very close to loop. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    pay is barely enough to live in a big city like Chicago.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    design culture, students, diversity, contemporary, reputation

    Cons

    environment, resource, visual aids, salary, career

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hellacious bureaucracy!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Being a state employee provides significant job security. (But that's both a pro and a con.)

    Cons

    For exempt employees, the pay will never match what someone can get in the private sector or at a non-state entity.

  10.  

    Not a bad experience if you work with an advisor who works on a state of the art research project.

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

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

    Pros

    It's a small school near downtown Chicago. If you like to work in small groups under not so much pressure, it might suit you.

    Cons

    Salaries are not enough for living in a mega city like Chicago. Small school/department, not so many great advisors in college of engineering (especially CME department). Most of the research projects are not state of the art. Some faculty members are not professional in their behavior showing no respect for grad students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to hire some talented people for the tenure track positions. Develop team work culture and teach your faculty members that profanity and judging with no evidence are huge crimes in the US.

  11.  

    Flexible and understanding, one of the best place for students to work

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    Current Employee - Campus Housing Operation Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Campus Housing Operation Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    allows you to take time off if you have exams coming up, managements are very nice and reasonable. workload is average. co-workers are super friendly.

    Cons

    supervisor is not helpfull, and does not allow employees to help some of the ESL workers. Saying something like "these group of people reports to me, not you. they come to me if they have questions"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    everything is good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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