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Updated February 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. "Great work environment, but very high expectations"

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work in a very small subdivision in which there are only really 5 or so permanent full-time employees. This helps cultivate a friendly work environment, and the intellectual abilities of my colleagues are great to work with. Also, having the name on your resume looks incredibly prestigious.

    Cons

    Expect way too much for one person in regards to work load. Unconventional hours and extremely high expectations due to lower number of staff members creates a lot of stress.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the way unconventional projects affect an individuals' time clock with HR


  2. "University of Chicago"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    UChicago is a vibrant academic community populated with highly intelligent, dedicated, and motivated staff. The University offers excellent benefits including half price tuition to prestigious degree programs.

    Cons

    The University comprises a vast bureaucracy plagued by outdated systems that do not integrate well. It is often difficult to know what is happening on campus or how to effectively collaborate as a result. Some departments are better funded than others, and numerous new programs and centers are founded as a result of a donor gift, but are not resourced in a sustainable manner. UChicago is a faculty run university, which means that faculty are supported in any endeavor without much strategic vetting, while staff is tasked with carrying out said endeavors, often while underresourced.

    Advice to Management

    Strategic planning across admissions, communications, advancement, academics, etc would serve you well.


  3. "Great company!"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    very professional, great environment to work in. good people.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, I had to leave because of having a child and not having any maternity leave!


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  5. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Portfolio Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Portfolio Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Competitive compensation
    Access to educational resources

    Cons

    A bit too "administrivia" focused sometimes
    Sometimes seems like different departments don't communicate enough within the university

    Advice to Management

    It's OK to say "no" to a capital project. Sometimes living within your means is a good thing.


  6. "Review"

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top notch research institution, smart students. Teaching load is manageable.

    Cons

    Custormer-oriented, lecturers while widely used are treated as second class citizens by both tenure-track faculty and undergraduate stueents. Short employment contracts imply uncertain employment.

    Advice to Management

    More planning and less uncertainty.


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - University Police in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - University Police in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    They attempted to make accommodationsure when need.

    Cons

    Some supervisors didn't have a clue.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Research administrator"

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

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

    Pros

    I'm not sure how the pay rates as I've never worked anywhere else, but it seems fair. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The typical servant-master ethic between administrator and academic is stoked by the university to the point where they can act with impunity with us cleaning up the mess.

    Advice to Management

    Require COC statements to include the respect of university resources, people or otherwise.


  9. "Project Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    University of Chicago has a incredible work life balance. As a contractor they went out of their way to make sure I was included and felt valued.

    Cons

    The salary is designed for entry-level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the value of having a diverse and inclusive workforce. This would require higher salaries for more experienced employees.


  10. "research specialist"

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    open, time flexible, people here are nice and friendly. The salary is relatively good comparing to other universities. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Consistency, Sometimes consistency can be a great thing and may provide a person a sense of security, but other times it may start to become a little boring. Think about what kind of mental stimulation your job gives you and decide if you are burnt out at work or happy with the expected routine.

    Advice to Management

    provide more chance to network with people outside from the universities. Invite people from industry to give us more advice.


  11. "Overall great place to begin career."

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, lots of learning and development opportunities. Colleagues are fun and enthusiastic about the university, and management is relatively flexible.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between upper management and staff, especially when changes have a direct impact on the daily roles of staff.



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