University of Iowa Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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University of Iowa President Sally K. Mason
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Pros
  • great people, interesting projects, great benefits (in 13 reviews)

  • very good benefits and working environments (in 12 reviews)

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

  • Not a lot of job search help for graduate students in the hard-sciences looking to get a job in industry (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Decent Job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours, challenging and fun work

    Cons

    Salary isn't competitive with other similar institutions

    Advice to Management

    To retain qualified help make sure salary reflects experience and credentials


  2. University of Iowa - International Programs

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great faculty to work with, exposure to different cultures and languages

    Cons

    Toxic and unwelcoming environment created by International Programs leadership & some employees which hindered the work that needed to be done. No team environment.


  3. All depends on where you work

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    Current Employee - Iowa in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Iowa in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package If you work in the right area, you get to do cool things and help people. Many good people work here.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in management right now. Board of Regents is not positive towards us right now. Moving toward a business model that is not as employee or student friendly. If you work in the wrong area you can be totally hosed.

    Advice to Management

    Put education and people first. Who ends up in the open positions can have a huge impact on the University and people who work there.


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    Poor support for senior faculty

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FULL PROFESSOR in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - FULL PROFESSOR in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice camps. Good place to bring up a family. Easy commute.

    Cons

    Back stabbing politics. Salaries non-competitive. Focused on money. Trying to get around tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Be more objective in awarding retention packages


  6. OK work environment, but little pay and not a very fun city

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Time off on weekends and great benefits

    Cons

    little pay and the location is not fun.


  7. Former Iowa One Card employee

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    *Chill work environment *Great front office people

    Cons

    *Arrogant, lazy, stubborn, and stuck up employees *Impatient/rude customers *Poor dress code (women wear jeggings) <--- How are they professional? *Poor management *Poor training program (1 day training per station)

    Advice to Management

    *Clearly communicate employee expectations *Create weekly training programs (per station) *Keep personal and professional relationships separate (do not let them intertwine) *Teach employees how to handle customers properly *Teach employees how you want the job done (you are very UNCLEAR of how the job needs to be done)


  8. With UIHC's shift in priorities, my job has gone from awesome to awful

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nursing Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Nursing Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salary, exciting work environment.

    Cons

    Low level support personnel have punitive workloads that border on abusive. The current governor has declared war on the union and he is seeking to freeze our pay raises and slash our benefits packages, as well as severely restricting our rights to collective bargaining. Employees who leave aren't being replaced, only adding to the burden on support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your mission of providing quality patient care instead of being driven by profit.


  9. Typical Bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Flexible Scheduling, Iowa City is a beautiful place to live

    Cons

    Poor communication between management and employment, too many high level administrators and not nearly enough people working.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate the people who actually do the work.


  10. The University is going downhill

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Security Officer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Information Security Officer in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits. They are very good and help off set the lower salaries. Environment is nice. People are friendly. Allowed to take time off as needed.

    Cons

    The financial situation is going downhill fast. Salary reductions, job cuts, and unpaid days off make this less of an interesting place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Balance your budget. The University continues to spend money at a rate that can't be sustained. This causes the employees to have to suffer when the budget comes up short.



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