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Updated May 15, 2017
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  • hard to find a good work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Obscenely low pay made it difficult to find a good out-of-work life (in 23 reviews)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  2. "Take the Good with the Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  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. "excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work but now very demoralizing."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good health benefits. Interesting academic and cultural events always happening on campus. Excellent pay (but only if you are a high-level administrator; otherwise it's mediocre at best).

    Cons

    Staff salaries frozen at or below the rate of inflation since 2008; pensions suspended last year; constant threats of downsizing and cuts due to introduction of shared services model. The administration views workers as exploitable and disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Stop demoralizing your employees. If you must do mass layoffs because you overspent on building new high-rise buildings, just do it and get it over with. Don't keep threatening year after year to do it. This encourages the most talented employees to leave, leaving you with a less talented staff.


  7. "Research Lab Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Researcher Assistant in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Researcher Assistant in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work community and culture; everyone was very courteous to each other.
    Hours were very flexible and manageable work on a schedule that was based on deadlines.

    Cons

    Not much I can think of


  8. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


  11. "Great research opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work allows a lot of Flexibility, wonderful opportunities to learn with amazing mentors. Nice atmosphere. Enjoyed conducting research and writing papers

    Cons

    Not full-time, low pay. I was only a doctoral student while working, so I had a hodge lodge of different projects at the same time.


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