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University of Iowa Reviews in Iowa City, IA

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
210 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great work environment and people (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • There is low-pay, but only because the job is created as a learning experience for students (in 6 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 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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    Awesome work environment

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    Current Employee - Campus Tour Guide  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Campus Tour Guide in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I work as a campus tour guide part-time, and it is one of the most awesome jobs you can find on campus.

    Cons

    There are certain restrictions what you can and cannot say when you work for admissions coming from the upper level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, bad manager

    Former Employee - Manager, Public Relations  in  Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Manager, Public Relations in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, committed colleagues. Located in a great place to live. An intellectually stimulating environment. Opportunities for professional development in some departments and units.

    Cons

    Below-market salaries; difficult managers in many departments and units. Not a lot of transparency regarding important decisions and changes. An unfortunate number of disengaged employees across the institution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up-front about decisions that affect employees. If you ask for employee input, actually take it into account--don't just solicit input and then go ahead with pre-determined plan of action.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Better than some institutions

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, good if rather expensive healthcare

    Cons

    TAship salary not livable if you don't study in the college of arts and sciences. Additionally, the undergraduate culture is not particularly academic, which means that TAs must deal with highly disinterested students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All tuition should be covered for graduate student TAs, including if they study in another college with higher tuition than CLAS.

  11.  

    World class research here. Very collaborative environment.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Best healthcare plans, best retirement options, just a great place to be an employee.

    Cons

    UI is very rule oriented. Lots of superfluous policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing it so well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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