University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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www.uiuc.edu Champaign, IL 500 to 999 Employees

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Reviews in Champaign, IL

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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88% Approve of the CEO

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise

Phyllis Wise

(78 ratings)

89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    overall good place to work but can be improved

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    Pros-it is a good place to do research because it's located in a quite small town so less distractions
    -interdisciplinary research opportunity is good because it is a large school and it has good engineering program

    Cons-location is also a limitation: you get less exposure to the business world compared to large cities, although you are 2 hours away from Chicago;
    -small town makes you sometimes bored;

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work but keep improving

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was challenging, but rewarding and even enjoyable when you worked with the right people.

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsWide variety of opportunities both work related and interpersonal.
    Campus provides ample space to work with and when needed take a walk to clear your head or continue your work in your mind.

    ConsDepending on the task at hand collaboration on non-core objectives might be difficult.
    Outside of the school and the student related activities things can be limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicating structure and responsibilities early in the semester helps the courses to run smoothly. This was not an issue with veteran faculty for a course but when a new professor rotated in things had a tendency to be bumpy.

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    Good place for a postdoc to develop professional skills

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Urbana, IL

    ProsThere are quite a few professors open for collaboration. If you are anexprimentalist, there is a large amount of fabrication and characterization equipment, which is well maintained. The administration is usually very supportive.

    ConsOverhead is almost 100%, so grants are spent pretty quickly. Health insurance is fairly expensive and continues to increase. The campus is very nice, but location-wise it is rather far from large cities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent research and training environment

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsThe university has an outstanding array of resources and technology available to its students and faculty. One of the greatest resources is in fact, the culture of collaborations and innovation present throughout the campus. As a student researcher, it is possible to engage just about anyone on campus, regardless of departmental affiliation. Any idea you come up with, any faculty members you'd like to work with, and any instrument time you'd like to take advantage of are yours for the asking - everyone is incredibly excited about the great research that takes place here.

    ConsThe administrative overhead present here is the institution's greatest flaw. Despite the resources and interest of faculty, it can frequently take weeks to months to sort through the administrative hurdles that may be present to introduce new pathogens, procedures, or equipment to labs or cleanrooms.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEliminate ineffective administrators and redundant responsibilities within departments. There should be one best way to manage payroll, grant applications, etc.; to prolong the process of achieving funding is to cut back on accomplishment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Urbana, IL

    Prosgood balance between personal life and professional life, good intellectual environment for growth.

    Consthe city of urbana-champaign can be pretty boring.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Computer Technician (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsPositive Environment, Helps you learn.

    ConsCan be challenging at first with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best Job for a student

    Concession Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsWorking concessions gives you the chance to choose your hours. You often get to choose which events you would like to work. The people you work with are great and the supervisor is awesome. Free food!

    ConsYou will gain weight from all the concession food you eat. It can be a pain dealing with customers and you have to wear a hat.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Probably would've been better for someone else

    Catering (Former Employee)
    Urbana, IL

    ProsGreat hours, environment, and learning experience. Direct deposit was always a plus/convenience. What i heard from full-timers, the benefits are great and easily accrued pto, vacation, etc.

    ConsIf I weren't a student I would've been compensated appropriately and able to work more than 29.5 hours a week.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Data Analyst (Former Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsEveryone was easy to work with and was passionate about their roles. We were able to choose our own hours, making finishing the projects very easy and timely.

    ConsWhat was expected wasn't always clear. It would take some time for the Professors to relay this information to the grad students, who then relayed it to the interns.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep communication lines open with everyone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work opportunity while studying at the University

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsGreat management staff that were always willing to help with any and all issues, and were also understanding of class commitments that might interfere with work.

    ConsSome of the projects can become long and tedious and dealing with the extensive and exhausting rules/regulations the campus has is annoying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on creating shorter/easier means of getting things done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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