University of Iowa Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. A wonderful experience of learning and growth.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Poor management, stable employment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work
    Awesome city
    good pay and benefits

    Cons

    budget cuts projected in the future

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Outstanding Student-Work Positions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Iowa City, IA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working as a student at the University of Iowa was a great experience. Obviously they are extremely attentive to the needs of student workers. But what students may not realize is how crucial an opportunity it is to work for the University in order to expand your network during and after graduation.

    Cons

    Working over Winter and Spring Breaks.


  6. Web Developer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Low pressure environment.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility and opportunities to advance in career

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to pursue careers and grow within the University


  7. research assitant

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

    I have been working at University of Iowa part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good flexibilty and nice people

    Cons

    bad weather and middle of nowhere


  8. Research Assistant Chemical Engineering

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

    I worked at University of Iowa as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Super laid back, works with your schedule, fun and interesting research. enjoyed it a lot

    Cons

    Had to do it for free. Good for experience in interviews post school but would have appreciated at least a stipend or something

    Advice to Management

    Pay me mah money!!


  9. Wonderful Learning Experience, great work culture

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work culture is fun, hard-working, fast-paced, and creative.

    Cons

    There is low-pay, but only because the job is created as a learning experience for students

    Advice to Management

    There really could not be any improvements


  10. Great school!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are very friendly and supportive. Benefits are reasonable.

    Cons

    Leadership sometimes only concern about their well-being. Expect to work more than 40 hours/week.


  11. Opportunities for learning and professional growth are abundant at the University of Iowa

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As the major public sector employer in Iowa City and surrounding areas, the UI has much to offer: generally good pay and benefits, and many internal job opportunities.

    Cons

    I've been at the UI for over 30 years, first as a student and now as an employee. It saddens me that this venerable public institution has suffered massive losses in funding from the state (like so many universities across the country) and, as a consequence, is now forced to pursue fundraising and corporate strategies at an ever more frantic pace in order to support every new initiative and even maintain a fast-eroding base of core educational programs and services.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the salaries of middle-senior managers are obscenely high while the people who actually make the university run have seen their salaries barely (if at all) keep pace with inflation. Why hire Deloitte Consulting to figure out how to save money? Let's keep the millions you're paying them and invest it in something that actually adds value to the UI!



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