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Updated June 22, 2017
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Robert J. Zimmer
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  • hard to find a good work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Obscenely low pay made it difficult to find a good out-of-work life (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Promotions Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Terrific colleagues; great campus; lots of lunch opportunities; magnificent holiday/personal/sick days; pay for continuing education there at the uni; they provide the resources to do your job, the freedom from micromanagement to do your job, and a clarity of expectations.

    Cons

    Didn't keep up with transition from print age to digital age. That's hindered the university press significantly.


  2. "Bioinformatician"

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Bioinformatician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment. Good coworkers. Work on interest problems. A lot of room for intellectual growth.

    Cons

    Little in terms of professional development. Pay is below industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better opportunities for employees to advance and make contributions to UChicago.

  3. "Bioinformatics programmer"

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Programmer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Programmer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing job! I worked in a population genetics focussed research lab in the dept of human genetics. I published 5 papers in a single year, two with first author focus. I enjoyed collaborating with graduate students and postdocs, and implementing software pipelines for others, or the ones I conceived myself for the few first author projects

    Cons

    Had no work-life balance. Mostly worked all the time. But the pay was great. I also loved doing research, so definitely enjoyed the publications coming through.

    Advice to Management

    Slow paper work processing, especially for new hires.


  4. "Think and Grow Tired"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Lots of resources
    Intellectually stimulating environment
    Innovation and creativity are encouraged

    Cons

    Hierarchical and elitist culture
    Zero transparency about organizational practices
    Poor internal communications
    Work is planned around people instead of organizational function
    All of the above contribute to staff and faculty distrust in leadership, feelings of instability and insecurity, and is EXHAUSTING

    Advice to Management

    Implement internal communications STRATEGY
    Create rewards systems for staff to convey value and inspire commitment
    Develop a SHARED system of values to build trust


  5. "Medical technologist"

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    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of vacation hours

    Cons

    Not enough employees . A lot of time is short of staff


  6. "why is a title required?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance for the most part

    Cons

    the work culture is sort of strange


  7. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Professional in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Professional in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Can learn a lot from your supervisor, attending department seminars, taking courses, etc

    Cons

    Could be a lonely experience

  8. "University of Chicago long time employee"

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    Current Employee - Department Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Department Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People I work directly for are nice.

    Cons

    The institution only cares about it's bottom line. Way too much work for my pay grade and no one cares.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real HR staff trained and certified.


  9. "Director of Communications"

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    Current Employee - Communications Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great intellectual environment, diversity of advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    There are minimal maternity leave benefits.


  10. "Good, collaborative environment."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great environment where good work where is prized and collaboration is highly encouraged. The administrative and technical support personnel are, as a rule, exemplary, and the pay is above market.

    Cons

    A high focus on advertising and selling science distracts from research. Very little supervisor investment in continued education or job placement kills prospects after these positions.

    Advice to Management

    Engage supervisors in training about effective mentoring and advising. Either allow retirement vesting for temporary employees or do not offer matching 403B contributions.


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