University of Iowa

  www.uiowa.edu
  www.uiowa.edu

University of Iowa Reviews in Iowa City, IA

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
222 Reviews
4.1
222 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
University of Iowa President Sally K. Mason
Sally K. Mason
91 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, great community in which to live and raise a family (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits, quiet place to live, no traffic, easy access to various facilities, low living cost (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • There is low-pay, but only because the job is created as a learning experience for students (in 7 reviews)

  • Graduate students often just explained enough to get through the experiments, only given simple online training for safety hazards (in 4 reviews)

More Highlights

145 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    I've only worked as a TA in the Computer Science department, but overall I've had no major complaints.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    It completely depends on which professor you are teamed with, but my experiences have been generally positive so far. The amount of work is appropriate, and they are as accommodating as possible with schedules.

    Cons

    The only real problems I've had have been related to miscommunication between professors and students on assignments. I have nothing negative to say about the work environment besides the fact that many of us did not have real offices due to space constraints, which for me is more of a minor inconvenience since I prefer to work at a coffee house, anyway. Oh, and TA assignments are rarely settled more than a couple weeks ahead of the semester's start--at least I knew that I would have one, just not which class.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Loved working here, this is a great place to work during college

    Current Employee - Assistant Service Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Assistant Service Technician in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    The training process was easy, the city is great it has a great environment. They give you off for breaks too which is one of my favorite things because you get to visit family for thanksgiving and christmas.

    Cons

    It is horribly cold in the winter along with super icy every where you go because they use sand to get rid of it and not salt.

  3.  

    Teaching assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    I got a chance to help my student and upgrade my knowledge and there is good environment to all access that help you to teaching and helping students. There is good compensation and it is well ranked university too.

    Cons

    I did not see any bad approach from any leaderships administration. They are really helpful and try their best to equip you with all necessary materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is good to have such good environment in work places and it is to the more profitable to work with your employee very closely. This helps not only to the growth of personal relationship but also to the development and prosperity of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Steady but uninteresting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Depending on your boss it's low stress, easy work.

    Pay is decent, benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for regular employees to innovate, only the "chosen ones" by management can introduce changes

    Subpar learning environment for a college

    Raises are pretty small and bad employees get the same as the good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to reduce the red tape and cut down on waste from certain employees

    Encourage low level employees to suggest and develop changes instead of fellow MBAs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, do research and study

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    peaceful work environment, very accessible, don't have to spend too much time traveling, good insurance and benefits, good salary for this geographic area given the standard of living.

    Cons

    Employment opportunities limited, work culture varies with labs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    nice place to work

    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, quiet place to live, no traffic, easy access to various facilities, low living cost

    Cons

    cold weather, long winter, more opportunities to be provided for professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something might be taken to save energy and go green, instead of keep campus freezingly cold all year around - winter is already too long at this place.

  8.  

    Good Job Bad Pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    A great environment, always progressing and striving to get better and build research.

    Cons

    Academia cannot compete with industry salaries. Unless you are training or transitioning it is not wise to work in academia for a long time outside of professor/PI/MD roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compete with industry salaries to retain great staff, ditch the current method of promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A wonderful experience of learning and growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay as a student, exposure to practically every field you'd ever be interested, and opportunities to support you. I learned a ton of invaluable skills in interpersonal interaction, coding, and instructing customers. I got to travel as well. Compensation is about what you'd expect for a student part-time job. Iowa City is wonderful.

    Cons

    Some of the bosses I had here seemed a little to complacent with how things were, and not how they could be better. You don't have much say in a lot of what happens round the office. Nepotism is rampant. My boss was a little incompetent at returning basic emails, and was very passive aggressive in his communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a wonderful, easy job, but that doesn't mean you should just sit there and take it for granted. Work a little harder, and you may see an improvement in overall employee work efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience at Uiowa

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Computer Aide in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Computer Aide in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work
    Awesome city
    good pay and benefits

    Cons

    budget cuts projected in the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Poor management, stable employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You don't have to work particularly hard and rarely does anyone get let go.

    Cons

    There's not much upward mobility. Pretty much the only way to get a promotion or a significant pay raise is to get a job offer from another company. Management is much more political than effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing politics. Hire people for their skills, not their ability to suck up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at University of Iowa? Share Your Experiences

University of Iowa

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.