University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
437 Reviews
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Encouraging work environment and a great place to learn (in 13 reviews)

  • Get to learn a lot on the job, because many tasks will eb handed to you to do (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • small town makes you sometimes bored; (in 16 reviews)

  • Little social life; town is isolated from any big cities (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great town to live in, nice culture

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    Former Employee - Program Director  in  Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Program Director in Champaign, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working in an innovative environment where thinking differently was embraced. Nice benefits for academic professionals. Champaign is a great community with a lot going on.

    Cons

    Low pay for non-tenure track staff and raises are far and few between. Not much opportunity for promotions. The atmosphere of a corrupt state government has placed a lot of restrictions on the university as far as hiring. It takes a long time to get through the process of hiring, like nearly a year, and the restrictions on what is allowed and not allowed makes it difficult to vet job candidates. Also, the weather in that area can be quite severe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more attention to non-tenure track faculty teaching undergraduate courses. You do a lot of things right, but trying to consolidate learning technologies into a one size fits all setting will lead to no good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very nice university to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fantastic job to have as a grad student

    Cons

    Urbana is not the best city in the world

  3.  

    Working to live

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    Current Employee - Medical Records Administrator  in  Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Medical Records Administrator in Urbana, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good hours for work life balance. Benefits are excellent. Vacation and sick time is unreal.

    Cons

    Hard to work your way up, someone might make more than you because of time at job not quality of employer, but that is how the civil service system works.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Assistant Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stable, good benefit, flexible working hour

    Cons

    not enough room to grow

  6.  

    Great company. Great Job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    best job ever. Not difficult work.

    Cons

    No such cons. Early morning 8am shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the good work coming.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Academic Hourly working with professsors

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    Current Employee - Academic  in  Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Academic in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    * Flexible work schedule
    * A good place to be if you're trying to see what grad school is like
    * Stick around if you need some income + work experience but can't decide on a career yet
    * There are lots of projects going at the same time, you can usually find something that interests you

    Cons

    * No promotion, basically a temporary position
    * No benefits/compensation beyond an hourly wage
    * You get paid less than a grad student, and you don't get a degree out of it
    * Payable hours not guaranteed, you can easily run out of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Basically a professor needs help to do some stuff that his grad students can't manage with their busy schedules. He will pay you out of his grants until the job is done or he runs out of funds. If you find a decent professor, he will try to find more work for you so that he can keep paying you. But if your professor is only interested in temporary work, then he'll fence you off from his projects so he doesn't have to pay you when he can use his grad students for the same work (Or he might hire unpaid eager undergrads to try their luck as the same work). It's hard to keep an academic hourly interested in hanging around when there are no benefits and no minimum pay guaranteed. This position creates less risk for the University by generating lots of uncertainty for the employee. On some level there are benefits to having academic hourlys around because they lessen the busy work for grad students and won't take away authorship from grad students. However, since the pay comes from the professor's grants, and not the University, they really need justification in keeping you around to siphon off their grant pool.

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  8.  

    student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Pros

    -Less expensive than top-tier private colleges
    -AWESOME engineering program
    -Great athletics
    -Lots of extracurriculars to get involved in
    -Big research university
    -Somewhat diverse (for a midwestern state school)
    -Well-respected

    Cons

    -More expensive than most other state colleges
    -Huge college, somewhat impersonal
    -Programs outside engineering and business are not as well-known
    -Stingy with financial aid (because they don't have much money to give)

  9.  

    Excellent atmosphere for interdisciplinary research

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Research facilities, expert faculty, easily accessible for research discussions, opportunity to collaborate on interdisciplinary research, large campus, good transport

    Cons

    Some areas where undergraduates involve in drinking may not be safe to be around on weekend nights

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to be a graduate teaching assistant (at least in the Poli Sci department)

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Urbana, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Ph.D. program in Political Science offers four guaranteed years of departmental funding, with the possibility of further funding beyond that (which I didn't use, because of external support). Basically, I received $16000 a year to lead three discussion sections per semester. It doesn't seem like a lot of money, but if you look at it on a per-hour basis (I worked less than 20 hours/week on average) it's quite good. Plus, the cost of living is pretty cheap. Pretty happy overall with the quality of work - students are good for the most part, university/departmental administrators generally know what they're doing.

    Cons

    You don't always get a lot of time to coordinate with the professor teaching the course, which can lead to confusion and dissatisfaction among students. Taught an online summer course and got almost no instruction on how to teach an online course - I feel like it wasn't a great experience for either myself or the students. There were also IT issues with the online course. Boring area to live in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage (require?) faculty to meet regularly with their TAs so that they're on the same page. Give students the training they need to be great online course instructors.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Graduate student employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Pros

    leadership opportunities, teaching and research opportunities

    Cons

    Small college town, not enough to do outside of the university

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