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Updated October 18, 2017
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  • Graduate students don't have any way to ensure good work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Academia has low pay, however U of C pays on the higher end of the range (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "UChicago Doesn't Care About its Employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible, many people leave early or come in late
    -Good benefits

    Cons

    -University of Chicago doesn't promote people. You have to find a new job at the university above you and apply to it. People who barely come to work and do nothing at their desks are treated the same as people who work 12 hour days and add measurable value to the office.
    -You also can't get raises, unless you're already a top level manager. The most you can hope for is 2-3% a year, regardless of how well you've done.
    -The University always talks about how employee retention is important, but doesn't offer any incentives to stay. Those who do stay are people who aren't good enough to get jobs elsewhere, so management suffers.
    -The offices are restructured at least once every two years, so the job you were hired for may no longer exist.
    -You're either expected to do virtually no work or pick up the slack for those who do no work. It's all or nothing here.
    -Goals and strategies are not set by higher management, making it hard to know what exactly you're supposed to be doing.
    -These are all problems stemming from the top, that are unlikely to change.

    Advice to Management

    -PROMOTE YOUR EMPLOYEES AND PAY THEM.
    -Value those who add value.
    -Set goals and strategies from the top down.
    -Don't assume restructuring constantly will fix your issues; instead, think about what you're doing wrong.


  2. "3 stars sounds about right"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, often I can decide what hours I will come in, as long as I put in the appropriate amount of work

    Cons

    Unsafe neighborhood, we frequently get email alerts about recent thefts and mugging. Crime generally goes up in summer so even during daytime you don't feel very safe if you're walking to your car (if you are parked off campus)

    Advice to Management

    NA

  3. "Great school!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant · Guest Lecturer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant · Guest Lecturer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great facilities and a wonderful library.

    Cons

    Cold winters and not that much food on campus.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  4. "Graduate Student"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Beautiful campus, good entry level academic research position."

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Specialist I in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good amenities, great affordable medical coverage and benefit options. I got lucky with a kind PI and lab mates. Each lab will vary. There were many high quality projects with lab tech positions available at this university when I was looking.

    Cons

    Academia has low pay, however U of C pays on the higher end of the range.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Part-time Undergrad Research Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The pay as a (recent) undergraduate is pretty good–grad students is a little higher. A lot of flexibility in terms of hours, both in terms of quantity and in terms of allocation. It probably also depends on your field. Being in the social sciences, I was given a lot of leeway in both of these respects. I can't really speak to full time staff or faculty, but I had a pleasant experience with the University's management. The experience I had really gave me a lot of skills that will help me later on in the job market.

    Cons

    The actual administrative process of getting officially hired was a slow. This could likely be due to HR being understaffed, but I couldn't say with any certainty.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your hiring system–especially in the social sciences.


  7. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Learn from bright scholars, independence, good for getting reference letters.

    Cons

    Low payment and informality. No benefits.

  8. "Over all"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefit, Flexible schedule, great working enviroment

    Cons

    they expect A LOT from you. Sometimes you end up working during weekend or evening if you have to but you don't get paid overtime.

    Advice to Management

    all good.


  9. "Summer Research Assistant"

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

    Pros

    I worked as a research assistant at Chicago Booth during summer 2015. Great academic atmosphere, great professors.

    Cons

    Location, not that safe during night


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

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


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