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

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
200 Reviews
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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.  

    very flexible working schedule

    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    you are very flexible to work and professor is very friendly and accessible.you have meeting with professor once a week to get assignment.salary paid every two weeks.

    Cons

    salary is low and the work load is unstable. you have to work to every details and you are not supposed to make mistakes.

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    Graduate

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    I think that the best reason to work there is the people. The atmosphere is great and full of creativity.

    Cons

    There is a bit of bureaucracy when you have to deal with the UIUC stuff (not professors or researchers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My suggestion would be to refresh UIUC stuff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unorganized management

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    Former Intern - Intern in Urbana, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Urbana, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for students. Diverse work and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    They don't specify who you should be reporting to and all the scientist fight over what people should be helping them with their research. I was doing work for one person when another scientist came in the room and started yelling at the woman I was working with for taking my time away. It was very unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mature at work - never shout or loose your temper in front of your interns. Be specific about what the interns should be doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Undergraduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of room to do what you feel is in the right direction.

    Cons

    The pay is not great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Graduate student who graduated

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    Former Employee - Ph D Graduate Student in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Ph D Graduate Student in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    great program, learned a ton
    the bar is very high and now I feel like an expert in the field
    worked hard and could sometimes grab a drink afterwords.
    great community of other grad students.
    no cut-throat B.S.

    Cons

    you know, at the time I would have told you I hated it but now that i'm done it was actually some of the best years of my life. Met my spouse and best friends there.
    the only thing is that its tough being in grad school, never had any money, going to the doctor/dentist was difficult on the school's insurance so i avoided it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The faculty at the physical science department that I graduated from needs to treat their support staff like actual people. They're there to help, so don't treat them like their less than human. Its fine, i guess to be tough on grad students, because we can be lazy and unprofessional, but don't let that carry over to your secretaries and building service staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Graduate Student

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to pursue personal goals, excellent research facilities, world renowned faculty

    Cons

    Too much freedom in some cases, in which you waste months/years on an experiment that probably was never going to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lots of Opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Tons of research jobs and professors versed in different areas of study.

    Cons

    Location is remote. Hard to travel but not a big trouble overall.

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    Graduate Research Assistant in Nutrition

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

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent professors and classes
    Educated academic advisors who give guidance but allow autonomy
    Able to finish degree in 2 years
    Chance to go on for dietetic internship

    Cons

    Extensive amount of work between research project and coursework
    Unable to chose undergraduate assistants--was just told who was going to work with me whether they were interested in the project or not

    Recommends
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    Graduate Student Experience

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Urbana, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive environment. Very multidisciplinary. Seeks and considers input from students, faculty and outsider suggestions.

    Cons

    Occasionally bureaucratic. Sometimes unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More classes on regulatory affairs, study design and epidemiology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Temporary Assistant for CSL Lab

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

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

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