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Updated March 14, 2017
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  • hard to find a good work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Obscenely low pay made it difficult to find a good out-of-work life (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Staff scientist at U of C"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, terrific microscope facilities

    Cons

    Low salaries, dental and vision benefits could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people well enough so they can make a meaningful commitment to the institution.


  2. "Decent place to be an research assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    -work with some of the very best scholars in your field on really interesting projects
    -professors here really care about your career goals and are often willing to help with them

    Cons

    -like any other university, the experience depends a lot on the professor and assignment
    -if possible, find someone doing something similar to the work you would like to do in the future; otherwise, they won't be able to help much with future career opportunities
    -if you're at the U of Chicago, you probably already have an insane workload; ask if this is something you have time for, and if it is something worth the time it will take


  3. "My time spent working at the school was unremarkable."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus with lots of history. Nice energy around students in a critically acclaimed institution. Good name recognition for your resume.

    Cons

    The pay in higher ed is generally lower than in consumer companies. Not all of your colleagues and supervisors are of high quality, perhaps due to the lower pay. Parking is a pain.

    Advice to Management

    Think about raising pay to attract better qualified candidates.


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  5. "Take the Good with the Bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Location, location, location. Office operated on a grant budget and was unpredictable.

    Advice to Management

    Be more entrepreneurial.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Aboundance of Arrogance"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Flossmoor, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Flossmoor, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free computer classes for staff. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Staff are treated like second class citizens. There is no appreciation for the staffs hard work. Directors take credit for original ideas and projects. Sneaky and dishonest leaders. Pay sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying.


  7. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    It very depends what kind of course you TA for. It could be a lot of work like core PhD courses or could be very light work such as elective undergrad courses.

    Cons

    They pay is terrible. Although if you find a course which does not take much time might not be that bad hourly

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay. Some courses need more than one TA. This could entail more attention to students as well


  8. Helpful (2)

    "A job review-BSD staff"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    cutting edge technology
    collaboration with other universities/institutes
    talented peers
    hyde park campus

    Cons

    insanely low pay and low annual raise
    much pressure for publication and bringing in grant money
    peer pressure
    poor supervise from mentors
    didn't do anything HR


  9. "Beautiful campus of passive aggressive colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Career Office in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Career Office in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent and some of the students are some of the most amazing people I've met.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity with high level management and administrator positions. Some employees were favored so they were allowed to bully other employees. Staff members were not informed about how to file grievances nor were town hall meetings planned.

    Advice to Management

    There were years I glad great managers and years where I had awful managers. Just like they make it a requirement for all staff to do safety training, they should require managers to attend motivating your staff or how to be an effective communicator strategy. Listen to administrative staff when we tell you there is a problem with supervisors. Not enough support for staff that may have an issue with a bad manager. Please set up better support in this area.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Mediocre at best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits, campus environment are all pros.

    Cons

    Management is inept, pay is low, no one is rewarded for excellence or punished for incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    reward your best employees for good work.


  11. "Substitute teacher"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy process. Submitted my resume, got a call to verify my background check and I was in. I started the following week. The day goes by fast and the place can be friendly. Find your crowd!

    Cons

    The students are always right. Of course it is an expensive school. Just got an increase of $5 after 12 years subbing there. No benefits!



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