University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
496 Reviews
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496 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.  

    Research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Academic, but learn a lot of working experience

    Cons

    Lead the team and also learn from them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    PhD student in college of Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    One of the best engineering schools in USA.
    Great facilities, one of the best university towns
    Cost of living is very reasonable.
    Near to Chicago.

    Cons

    Weather, especially winters are quite harsh.
    Landscape is too flat.
    One of the costliest public schools (tuition)
    Sports program is not good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart students, helpful staff, good practice for teaching position

    Cons

    Payment could be better. Small issues with the equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy better equipment

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  5.  

    ok if you're straight male or a female married to an important member of faculty

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    low cost of living; tolerably good students at the graduate level; fair research facilities; moderately good recreational facilities.

    Cons

    Administratively, it's a poorly run institution; at the school level there's constant infighting and intrigues; because the department heads have enormous latitude in personnel matters, if your department head doesn't like you for whatever reason, he (and I've only had male department heads,school directors, etc.) can make your life truly miserable.

    urbana is a dull place to live; it's socially very conservative; at the first dinner after I accepted the position a senior administrator at the school got into a 15 min diatribe about how extending benefits to domestic partners is making decent people pay for amoral lifestyles of a minority that should know its place. at the end of my first meeting with the department head he warned me not to bring my partner to any social functions "if you want to get tenure". i didn't and i got tenure but at a price of hating myself. with luck I'll move by next September.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    ATLAS, LAS college

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    As a grad student worker here I love my job. The people are friendly, helpful, and open to new ideas. There is a good work/life balance and a really nice horizontal management style. Everyone is treated with value and respect.

    Cons

    As a grad student worker the pay could be a little better and the health benefits are horrible. At least they give us a tuition waiver though. Sometimes the ambiguity of things can be difficult for people who like specific directions from the management. Its a great environment for self-starters. Because of the connections with the school there are opportunities to use and access several programs and resources on campus for free.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Teaching Assistant Job

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Students are generally smart and sometimes hard-working, very little dress code, and compensation is a lot better than being an adjunct professor.

    Cons

    Students can be demanding of your time, health insurance can be a pain, and of course winters are tough to deal with when the school refuses to close down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working with wonderful people, management is a mess

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    co-workers and interesting projects and ideas

    Cons

    Lots of office politics and mis-management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out a plan of where you want to be and make sure that it is possible with the people you have on staff. If nobody knows where the organization is going, it is hard for people to work effectively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    "Senior Class Grader"

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    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    The leadership experience as a teaching assistant in the resume really shines when hunting for a job. Working as a TA is not as difficult as it seems, but there will be a lot of interactions with the students.

    Cons

    Take a lot of time to work with students, the compensation is a by hour base, at least for undergraduate students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really smart people but bloated administration

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    Current Employee - Faculty
    Current Employee - Faculty

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

    Pros

    The compensation is fair, and the benefits are good (although who knows what will happen with retirement). There are a lot of very smart and motivated people who work at the university.

    Cons

    It's really an engineering college disguised as university. That's a little exaggeration but not much. The administration is bloated. So many administrators who simply look for ways to justify their salaries and the size of their staffs. That happens a lot in education, but it's a huge problem at UI-UC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Campus Rec is Great

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    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Wide range of work optioms

    Cons

    Boring office that is not very fun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more interpersonal communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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