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Updated September 3, 2015
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise
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Pros
  • Very interactive work environment (in 18 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and reasonable pay (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • small town makes you sometimes bored; (in 17 reviews)

  • location is not convenient, not close to big cities (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Urbana, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Affordable town, stipend stretches relatively far. Champaign is also close to an airport, so it's easy to travel.

    Cons

    Champaign is a great place to study. I don't have many cons, but glassdoor has a 20 word minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great. I have to meet a 20 word minimum to activate the profile.


  2. Experience of a graduate student

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The place is very affordable for a graduate student, the work culture is really great, not very competitive even if has one of the best chemistry graduate programs

    Cons

    It is in Champaign, middle of nowhere in cornfields, sometimes being a teaching assistant and managing research might be more than what you can handle.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, continue the good work, bring in better professors and research opportunities. Graduate students are working long hours, for very little pay, so they need to be felt appreciated


  3. Great for Graduate Students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great resources for a graduate student. Facilities are extensive and accessible. Many very talented and intelligent people. Lot of ability to work independently and also good collaborations.

    Cons

    Graduate student life challenging but manageable. Top tier university demands extremely high quality work and pressure to publish in high end journals with high impact.

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate mentoring among graduate students. More senior graduate students should be more involved in guiding incoming students to help them succeed.


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  5. Great place to work for professional

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    Current Employee - Academic Professional in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Academic Professional in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits & time off, good working conditions & coworkers, top employer in my field, competitive salary.

    Cons

    State financial turmoil isn't going away any time soon.

    Advice to Management

    Fix pension & state finances


  6. Teaching Assistant review

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best opportunity to get experience in teaching and learning at the same time.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working here


  7. good research university

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good research environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    Lack of necessary equipment, the location makes collaboration with other universities or national labs not so convenient

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade of necessary equipment is needed


  8. Research Asistant

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

    Pros

    A great school for engineering student.

    Cons

    It is a little bit isolated in terms of location.


  9. Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Education Coordinator in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Education Coordinator in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time

    Pros

    World class engineering program. The opportunity to mentor and work with top students from around the globe. The university is within 2-3 hours from big cities (e.g., Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis). Very generous vacation package.

    Cons

    Recent scandals as well as buget cuts from the state is affecting the schools reputation. It appears as though the state of Illinois is not very vested on ensuring that their flagship institution remains on top.


  10. Good place to work for academic professionals

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    Current Employee - Academic Professional in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Academic Professional in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent: more paid vacation days than you can find the time to use, 7.2% matching for SURS (retirement plan), several great healthcare plans to choose from (although this is expensive, see Cons below). Lots of flexibility in terms of working hours, they don't have time cards and other such bureaucratic nonsense here. Obviously, you'll be working alongside lots of smart talented people - even the non-academics (admin assistance, HR, IT, etc.) here seem more on the ball than at other places I've worked. Champaign-Urbana is a diverse place and you won't be mistreated for your race or religion (which sadly can't be said for some other places I've lived; I'm Asian and non-religious). I work as an academic professional (not faculty and not student) in the college of engineering; your experience working in another capacity may vary.

    Cons

    The state of Illinois is currently going through budget battles and the university is operating on emergency funds. Obviously, there are no raises this year. Salaries at universities are already not that high to begin with. The healthcare plans all provide great coverage, but are expensive ($100-200 out of your monthly paycheck). For a young healthy person like myself who hasn't been to the doctor in nearly a decade, it would be nice to have a cheaper option (and would cost the state less too). Parking near and on campus is a headache during the school year, due to the lack of availability and three different types of parking meters. Champaign-Urbana is a hit-or-miss place to live: lots of good cheap restaurants (especially Asian food) but the proximity to farms means the entire town often smells like manure in the spring and summer. Crime rates are high in the area.


  11. Undergraduate student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, challenging environment for students in engineering

    Cons

    Time management becomes difficult with social life and education



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