University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

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.  

    Overall I have had a very good experience.

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    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
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    Family-like Environment with Diversity

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Programmer in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    The most thing I liked about the place is its flexible work hours, academic holidays and vacation, and its diverse and family-like work environment where people cares each other. People come from diverse cultural background making everyday more interesting.

    Cons

    Academic environment doesn't often come with the best innovation, and often time daily work can be little boring I guess. Then people would get less motivated for their work and career growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great opportunities, poor management

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    My coworkers were all pretty interesting people and there was a strong sense of camaraderie within departments. The University does a lot of different things so there are quite a few opportunities to learn new technologies and try new things, as long as you are interested in staying in IT.

    Cons

    The internal politics are distracting and make it harder to get real work done. I found that this employer killed my enthusiasm fairly quickly once I realized most of the managers only paid lip service to your ideas. Also, there was always far more work than time. Crisis mode was pretty constant.

    If you join as an hourly worker, figure out how to get salaried as soon as possible. Benefits for hourly workers are pretty much non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to keep talented people. I saw an alarming number of people come and go during my short time at UIUC. I ended up being one of them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    great

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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

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a good university with good environment, excellent facilities, friendly people. I can skate there.

    Cons

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a good university, but winter is too long and too cold, and the place is not very safe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good school

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly peers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign part-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Away from big cities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment. They're doing what they're supposed to do.

  8.  

    Graduate TA for ECE198jl

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing students. For every discussion I taught students usually ask high-quality questions.

    Cons

    Since often asked for hard questions, need to prepare well before the class

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice opportunity for graduate students

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

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

    Pros

    Payment is relatively high considering that tuition is also waived for teaching assistants.
    Work amount is reasonable.
    Professors are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Balance between work and research. For some courses, work amount is significant higher than others.

  10.  

    working at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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

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

    Pros

    It has pretty good library access, and the facility is decent.

    Cons

    The city is kind of small and not much attractions around, you can get bored easily here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful University for Engineering

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    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

    Prestigious university of engineering, great opportunities of research and leading professors. Champaign-Urbana is a good and cheap place for life

    Cons

    location I guess. The twin cities are in the middle of nowhere. You have to drive two and half hours to Chicago for a fair meal which is discouraging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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