University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
483 Reviews
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generally a pretty flexible work environment depending on the department you get hired at (in 18 reviews)

  • If you enjoy good work-life balance, this is the place to be (in 9 reviews)


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

  • A little bit far away from big cities (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Temporary Assistant for CSL Lab

    Current Employee - Temporary Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Temporary Assistant in Urbana, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Can work remotely and get paid decently by hour. Supervisor and lab PI are very friendly and accomodating.

    Cons

    Hard to understand at what phase my project was as my supervisor and others were more concerned with other projects. No promotions for temporary worker unless they move on to a part-time/full-time position there.

  2.  

    GRA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Good training, inclusive, Lot of research work and learning

    Cons

    The place is very cold during winter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  3.  

    Good continued employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Management has adopted a largely hands off approach so long as you can effectively track and manage your duties. The flexibility of choosing your own hours is great. Lots of flexibility with respect to handling logistic necessities.

    Cons

    Very little training and direction (which is a con to most people I would assume). Campus navigation is difficult to impossible if you take your own car; parking is quite expensive. Very little growth for current position, although that isn't a surprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free parking for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Overall I have had a very good experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    In general I have found the faculty to be very supportive, both in classes and research. The research resources at the university are fantastic. The campus life is good, as well.

    Cons

    Overall the compensation is low, but is about average for a graduate research assistantship. Can end up spending significant portions of time on your own, so may not be the best position for a 'social butterfly'.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very friendly leaders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dining Services Worker in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Dining Services Worker in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Received brief training on cafeteria job. Not a lot of working hours. Co-workers are friendly.

    Cons

    Sometimes recording system makes mistakes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience, but really depends on your PI. Finds someone who is willing to invest in you.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Room to grow, motivational PI, compensated fairly, great experience to bolster coursework

    Cons

    Can be stressful and involve long work hours depending on your PI.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Facilities & Services is a great division to work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Champaign, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    F&S is a fantastic environment and group of people to work with - everyone is in this together, collaborative, and willing to have fun at work while still working hard. The leadership (and all the employees) are dedicated to a great "corporate" culture, and always have potlucks, parties, and fundraising events for charity. There's no sense of hierarchy here, really, and it makes getting work done that much more enjoyable.

    Cons

    Since there are such defined roles, the chance to be promoted internally is a challenge. F&S loses some good people to other opportunities in other UIUC departments because of this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Teaching

    Former Employee - Course Assistant
    Former Employee - Course Assistant

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Pros

    Teaching, Work-Life Balance,Access to faculty

    Cons

    Unpaid, Compensation, Personal Growth, Leadership

  10.  

    Teaching Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, small college town with a low living expense

    Cons

    small college town with a low living expense

  11.  

    Mass Spectrometry Lab Technician

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Pros

    Flexible times during office hours, nice and friendly staff

    Cons

    Obviously not great pay, must work during business hours which can interfere with class schedules

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