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"Positive experience at the Department of Psychology Laboratory"

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
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I worked at University of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Though the flexibility you are given completely depends on the size of the lab and the personality of the PI, generally I found the environment to be incredibly encouraging of personal development. The professors inspire respect from the research assistants. Everyone is held to a high standard for hard work, intelligence, and academic rigor. The social environment is congenial and family-like. We celebrated everyone's accomplishments, big or small. I was allowed to attend HR workshops to enhance my skills.

Cons

The general mood at UChicago is somber and highly scholarly. It is not a place that is encouraging of frivolous, non-academic pursuits. While it is a great place to work for anyone who wants research experience, or an insider view into professorial or doctoral student life, I don't think it would be a very relevant or "useful" place to work for those not interested in entering some serious academically oriented research. The hierarchy within the labs are also quite rigid, as years of experience, and educational level pre-determine your level of position within the laboratory. You would have to be seriously proactive and have great insights in order to be allowed to pursue your own project. The opportunity is open to do so, but you really would have to be quite persistent and be able to navigate funding issues.

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  1. "decent grad school experience"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student - BSD in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student - BSD in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Courses are quite flexible, good academia atmosphere, great mentors available when choosing a lab to work in, decent studying environment (library, study room etc)

    Cons

    The neighborhood is kind of sketchy, and not a whole lot of entertainment.
    But the situation is improving, with the opening of new restaurants, fitness/shopping center, movie theater etc


  2. "Great culture with many opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Manager--Adminstrative
    Former Employee - Manager--Adminstrative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I held multiple administrative positions here over many years and had an overall great experience. The quality of people here--students, faculty, staff--is excellent, which makes it a rewarding and fulfilling place to work. Even in administrative offices, the university has an academic approach and bent, so the work is typically challenging and ambitious. Benefits, which are readily available on the university's website, are excellent. Most staff start with three weeks vacation.

    Cons

    The culture and salaries vary significantly from one department to the next. Because the organization is very large, it can sometimes be difficult to coordinate among different departments.

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be room to better support and recognize staff. I think there could also be an effort to better streamline and support hiring.

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