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Updated September 9, 2017
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  • Bad work life balance generally (in 23 reviews)

  • Obscenely low pay made it difficult to find a good out-of-work life (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great university"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 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

    Working with really smart and talented people

    Cons

    Relatively low pay. Very demanding work.


  2. "great research lab"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    This is a research lab based out of the Harris School of Public Policy. They do interesting field experiments with low-income parents of preschool aged children. I have learned a lot about what goes into field research, especially the logistics involved with recruiting participants and coordinating with research sites. The staff are really well organized and supportive. They make it easy to do our jobs as research assistants and also make it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    I wish the pay were higher but it's standard for research assistants at UChicago.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Thank you for a great opportunity!

  3. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 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

    Plenty of resources and technical support on research

    Cons

    The health insurance plan for student is quite bad


  4. "Talk to someone who's worked in your department before signing"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The University has a great benefits plan and some great employees throughout the different departments. Most departments and divisions are well-run with most student facing roles actually invested in the success of the students. Also, because of the size of the University it is very easy to advance in your career and develop a strong professional network.

    Cons

    The size of the University makes it difficult to establish a unified culture or experience so one department or division may be your best job ever with great opportunities for personal and professional growth while another may have poor management or limited interest in investing in your career.


  5. "Overall good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Associate Director, Financial Aid in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Financial Aid in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    U of C has great benefits

    Cons

    Certain offices don't have a lot of room for advancement


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Work, Very Idealistic"

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    Former Employee - Museum Worker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Museum Worker in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and colleagues, great benefits. Wonderful to work with departments across campus on a common goal. I really felt like I was making a difference in the world when working here.

    Cons

    Average to low salaries for positions (as with many non-profits); made it hard to find housing in Hyde Park. At times university bureaucracy and politics got in the way of progress. Financial and IT departments often difficult to navigate in an effective way.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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