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Updated August 26, 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. Great for Graduate Students

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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


  3. Front Desk positions are the best student jobs

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    Former Employee - Senior Desk Clerk in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Desk Clerk in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly and warm supervisors, staff camaraderie, good pay, and freedom

    Cons

    Sometimes have to work overnight (11p-3a, 3a-7a)

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent and more transparent with policy


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  5. Student Worker

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Urbana, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get meals for low price when at work. Kind of flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Work load is huge, especially at the beginning of each semester when they can't hire enough people.


  6. Graduate research assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good medical copayment. Full access to university medical center and gymnasium . Free legal service

    Cons

    Payment split over 11 months instead of 12. No salary in August . ~$500 in fees thrice a year

    Advice to Management

    Better benefits for eye and dental services


  7. Postdoc

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly collaborative atmosphere, Smart and motivated colleagues,

    Cons

    Its located a bit away from a big city (Chicago) so less opportunities for socializing.


  8. Media Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Media Coordinator in Urbana, IL
    Former Contractor - Media Coordinator in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mentorship, cordial work environment, and good benefits. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is also very flexible in allowing employees supplement their employment with continuing education opportunities.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of communication between departments and between schools and that can be a challenge to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    This institution would be stronger if upper management were more open to collaboration and could ease the personal and professional politics.


  9. Postdoc

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am a postdoc at ECE department. It is a place full of energy and innovation.

    Cons

    It could be very demanding depending on whose your adviser is.


  10. uiuc in urbana

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    Current Employee - Professor in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Professor in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A nice midsize campustown, with very short commutes and almost no rush hour traffic. A great place to raise kids.

    Cons

    Winters can be pretty cold and snowy sometimes, and they have been more frequently so in the recent years. Air travel always requires a hop to chicago or a drive to Indianapolis or chicago.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the pension system! The state has not been putting its share into the pensions, and people who came here with promises that their benefits are nicer even though they cannot be given competitive salaries will be shortchanged if they cut benefits drastically.. But I think this is non-issue for newcomers wanting to come here.


  11. Dining Service

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dining Services Worker in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Dining Services Worker in Urbana, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with 10 workers, everyone is passionate and the dining hall is clean.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to get up early.



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