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Updated December 7, 2017
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  • Graduate students don't have any way to ensure good work-life balance (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. "Bioinformatics programmer"

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Programmer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Programmer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing job! I worked in a population genetics focussed research lab in the dept of human genetics. I published 5 papers in a single year, two with first author focus. I enjoyed collaborating with graduate students and postdocs, and implementing software pipelines for others, or the ones I conceived myself for the few first author projects

    Cons

    Had no work-life balance. Mostly worked all the time. But the pay was great. I also loved doing research, so definitely enjoyed the publications coming through.

    Advice to Management

    Slow paper work processing, especially for new hires.


  2. "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

  3. "why is a title required?"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance for the most part

    Cons

    the work culture is sort of strange


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Communications"

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    Current Employee - Communications Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great intellectual environment, diversity of advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    There are minimal maternity leave benefits.


  6. "University of Chicago long time employee"

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    Current Employee - Department Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Department Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People I work directly for are nice.

    Cons

    The institution only cares about it's bottom line. Way too much work for my pay grade and no one cares.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real HR staff trained and certified.


  7. "Good, collaborative environment."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A great environment where good work where is prized and collaboration is highly encouraged. The administrative and technical support personnel are, as a rule, exemplary, and the pay is above market.

    Cons

    A high focus on advertising and selling science distracts from research. Very little supervisor investment in continued education or job placement kills prospects after these positions.

    Advice to Management

    Engage supervisors in training about effective mentoring and advising. Either allow retirement vesting for temporary employees or do not offer matching 403B contributions.

  8. "Diverse working environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    under budget strains, fewer perks than before. Less career advance opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Decision making process can be improved


  9. "Biophysics department is excellent"

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    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Clean and organized laboratories
    Resources shared between laboratories and open communication
    Good guidance for new employees

    Cons

    Campus environment is very competitive


  10. "Fast Paced Work Study with Loads of Experience"

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    Current Intern - Recruitment Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Recruitment Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Given opportunities to learn and to manage your own projects
    Fast moving

    Cons

    Expectations and Goals for the team change Day to Day


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