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Updated March 27, 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. "University of Chicago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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    The University comprises a vast bureaucracy plagued by outdated systems that do not integrate well.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.


  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. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, lively communication with diverse group of students.

    Cons

    Chicago's weather is one concern.


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  5. "Graduate Student Chemistry Department"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Department has wonderful core facilities (NMR, mass spectrometry, etc). Faculty in the department are among top in the research world, most professors are young, ambitious and very productive. Overall research climate is very positive

    Cons

    Since there is no engineering department in UChicago, most of the common employers who are interested in chemists ignore the university, that makes it harder to find an industry position. Recruiting events are extremely rare and usually not very productive


  6. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome school that has a great reputation

    Cons

    Expensive, but one should focus on the experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  7. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    competitive, international, upward mobility, cutting edge, friendly

    Cons

    expensive, parking is difficult, grounds not perfectly kept, neighborhood not like a college town, short program

    Advice to Management

    Excellent. Professors are incredibly receptive to eager students.


  8. "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.


  9. "Take the Good with the Bad"

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    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.


  10. "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!


  11. "excellent"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectual freedom as a postdoc.

    Cons

    Usual pressures of academic life. Have to publish..

    Advice to Management

    None.



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