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University of Iowa Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
236 Reviews
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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)

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  1.  

    Good place to work in a great small town

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    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa

    Pros

    Great people and good life balance

    Cons

    None, its a great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good benefits, lots of bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at University of Iowa

    Pros

    You cannot get better benefits than the U offers. Even minimum wage employees are covered under the union, and they have a great contract. Benefits outweighs any cons IMO.

    Cons

    If you have an issue, it's often very difficult to figure out who needs to be informed. The university is basically a mini city, and paperwork moves slowly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Student Ambassador

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Iowa

    Pros

    Great pay and flexibility of work hours

    Cons

    By the hour pay. More likely to provide job to students with financial aid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Teaching and grading TA

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

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

    Pros

    On average, kept hours at about 20
    Professor was very helpful
    Didn't have to create discussion outlines from scratch
    Students were generally interested, bright and engaged

    Cons

    Hours can be very early
    Not all of it's very fun, grading is of course very repetitive
    Of course, some discussion sections are more well behaved than others

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Teaching Assistant Lab Course

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work directly with a professor

    Cons

    Often limited schedule based on set class times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to study and work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Iowa

    Pros

    Low expense, good environment and nice folks.

    Cons

    Winter is chilling. There are not many fun place to hang out with friends and colleagues.

  8.  

    Great place to work for students

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay. Great work environment. Surrounded by great people who are understanding of the student life and willing to work with your schedule.

    Cons

    I can not think of any off the top of my head. This was an all around great experience for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work environment

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    Current Employee - IT Support
    Current Employee - IT Support

    I have been working at University of Iowa

    Pros

    Scheduling is flexible when necessary, everyone is nice and willing to help whenever needed.

    Cons

    There are no cons that come to mind.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Interesting and exciting place but stressful and the demands don't match the pay.

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Manager & Research Associate
    Former Employee - Laboratory Manager & Research Associate

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is an interesting place to work, lots of exciting research being done, good people for the most part, and you get to work with people from all over the world.

    Cons

    The professional research staff is not very appreciated, there is very little growth potential, and HR is very resistant to allowing promotion for staff despite Principal Investigator’s approval or wishes. Also depending on the lab you are in there are always deadlines you are working against with grants and manuscripts submission as well as being involved in graduate student’s project deadlines. Also many investigators are over ambitious when it comes to taking on summer students (undergrads and med students) and it is left to the professional staff to take on their training and supervision which can completely consume your summer trying to manage your own projects and theirs. Finally there is no official comp time policy and no overtime so salaried staff often get exploited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make it so ridiculously difficult to promote professional staff and give more control over the decision process to the individual investigators who are the people supervising and managing staff and thus are in a better position to evaluate staff. Also put in an officially comp time policy to prevent the exploitation of staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very happy being visiting faculty at UIOWA

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    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Freedom to structure the course the way I liked it

    Cons

    Nothing major. A central database that has all the information for new faculty would be helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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