University of Iowa Reviews in Iowa City, IA

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
216 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great community in which to live and raise a family (in 13 reviews)

  • Great work environment and people (in 10 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)

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  1.  

    I was TA in Chemistry

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Nice and calm city,people are amicable and free bus service for the university and mall
    nice food and community nearby

    Cons

    Lots of snow in the state, Some time more work is taken from lab TA like lab cleaning and equipment cleaning which is not what grad student should do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand need of international students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work for!

    Cons

    A regular graduate teaching/research assistantship does not cover summer months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic institution to work for!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time

    Pros

    The University of Iowa offers fantastic benefits, more-than-competitive salary, and a friendly environment.

    Cons

    I would say that the cons to working at the University of Iowa are slim to non. I like it here.

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  5.  

    It was a good experience while being in college.

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    Former Employee - Computer Tech in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Computer Tech in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    It is a short commute to class and flexible with your school schedule.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than I would have liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work mentoring student employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I am very happy with my experience as an RA and the relationships I developed with my residents, staff and management.

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    The benefits of being an RA at Iowa are unheard of elsewhere and if you have a personality that fits the job well it is easy to put in the time that being an RA requires.

    Cons

    If you are really interested in changing the way things are done and being extremely innovative this might not be the job for you. The status quo is valued at Iowa.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the most amazing adventures of my life: the people I have met, and the things that I have learned.

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    Current Employee - Student Office Worker/Ambassador in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Student Office Worker/Ambassador in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    The most amazing people that I work with, awesome work environment and camaraderie around the office.

    Cons

    Constantly being on campus after a long day at school or long nights studying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping up the office chemistry and making the students happy brings in great results!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Desk Clerk Currier/Stanley

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    Former Employee - Desk Clerk in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Desk Clerk in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    flexible hours depending on your classes. You can work on homework during your shift once you finish all your tasks. Other co-works are usually really good about switching/ covering shifts when you can not work. If you go home for the summer or study abroad, you can continue working the following semester

    Cons

    You start out at a low pay and yearly raises are next to nothing. Overnight shift is required. Weekend shift is also required. You might also have to work over Thanksgiving or spring break.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting job, good opportunity to learn.

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Good management. Good benefits, insurance package.

    Cons

    Salaries often below the market average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It is a great work place, work is not hard in most time

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Payment is better than most companies I worked for.

    Cons

    Due to PIs who are not big guys, I had to change labs from one to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Alumni working for your alma matter

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    Former Employee - Admissions Visitor Center in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Admissions Visitor Center in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent people who are willing to work with you and help you learn, intelligent professionals who are hard working and carry with them a great work ethic above that of many other areas in the U.S. but also maintaining a work-life balance that spans across companies/jobs/people.

    Cons

    Small professional network outside of the Midwest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with employees to carry their connections further than the day to day work life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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