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Updated May 7, 2017
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  • Bad work life balance generally (in 22 reviews)

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

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  1. "University of Chicago long time employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    close to home, vacations accruals are good,

    Cons

    EVERYTHING... Bonus are non-existence, annual raises for non-union employees at less than 2%, Pay scale depends.

    Advice to Management

    Please care about your employees as much as the students and faculty

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work but now very demoralizing."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good health benefits. Interesting academic and cultural events always happening on campus. Excellent pay (but only if you are a high-level administrator; otherwise it's mediocre at best).

    Cons

    Staff salaries frozen at or below the rate of inflation since 2008; pensions suspended last year; constant threats of downsizing and cuts due to introduction of shared services model. The administration views workers as exploitable and disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Stop demoralizing your employees. If you must do mass layoffs because you overspent on building new high-rise buildings, just do it and get it over with. Don't keep threatening year after year to do it. This encourages the most talented employees to leave, leaving you with a less talented staff.


  4. "When you're not faculty ................"

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    Current Employee - Science Associate in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Science Associate in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    University of Chicago has decent affordable options for health-care insurance including flexible spending accounts and life insurance. Flexible work hours make the life / work balance easier.

    Cons

    University of Chicago has limited "perk" benefits for staff, non-faculty. For example, UofC will pay college tuition for children of faculty and senior staff to any school and where in the country. Families of staff need to fun 100% of their children's college costs with no help from UofC. There is a slight discount in tuition if the child goes to UofC for undergraduate studies. Limited promotion and training opportunities for staff employees. Located at Argonne National Lab, the UofC salaries are not up-to-par with ANL salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the college tuition help to UofC staff employees.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Not a great employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, with wonderful new buildings. Nice colleagues that want to do good work.

    Cons

    Inadequate investment in the operation. Poor budget design makes meaningful institutional improvements impossible.

    Advice to Management

    I've worked in higher education for well over a decade and was recruited to work at UChicago. Senior officers recruited me from a well-known east coast institution. Everyone at all levels expressed happiness with my arrival, but I quickly realized that I sold a bill of goods. Within weeks of my arrival my budget was significantly reduced and I had to cut critical staff. It was clear that this budget cut was known to my management before I arrived. After months of attempting to re-establish an appropriate budget, the answer was "this is great, but we don't have any money and need to cut more". I realized that there was no reason for me to stay. All of this wasted a few years of my career. The advice: don't distort the truth to prospective employees.


  6. "So-so place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits- health care, vacation time, etc.

    Cons

    It all depends on your immediate boss. If your boss is a jerk, no one cares.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved!


  7. "it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Darien, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Darien, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits are good
    ,good amount of PTO, if you get a time to take, must use Holiday time or they will take back.

    Cons

    have some bad directors, will not listen, can not get help

    Advice to Management

    listen more to the every day workers and not just directors and managers

  8. Helpful (3)

    "dynamic and toxic"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately i do not have much to state but I feel diversity and the benefits are decent and I did meet few good folks in dept and some good people across campus.

    Cons

    No transparency and lack of quality leadership who only cares for their own upward mobility and allows bad direct reports to mistreat colleagues, lower management and below. Low retention; revolving door on all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Acquire better leadership who cares and knows their job instead of throwing folks under the bus because of their own insecurities and personal agendas.


  9. "Secretary"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Crete, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Crete, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Getting different people from around the world and the work I did to help the professors.

    Cons

    Leaving, people, work, travel & structure of the campus.

    Advice to Management

    Always have a open policy with your employees. Let them be able to express themselves.


  10. "Millennials, look elsewhere."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, gorgeous campus, great health benefits/options.

    Cons

    LOTS of bureaucracy. Enough to make your eyes glaze over.

    Advice to Management

    Better professional development opportunities, better classes for professional development and other skills,


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