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Updated April 28, 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. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    University of Chicago has a incredible work life balance. As a contractor they went out of their way to make sure I was included and felt valued.

    Cons

    The salary is designed for entry-level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the value of having a diverse and inclusive workforce. This would require higher salaries for more experienced employees.


  2. "research specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    open, time flexible, people here are nice and friendly. The salary is relatively good comparing to other universities. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Consistency, Sometimes consistency can be a great thing and may provide a person a sense of security, but other times it may start to become a little boring. Think about what kind of mental stimulation your job gives you and decide if you are burnt out at work or happy with the expected routine.

    Advice to Management

    provide more chance to network with people outside from the universities. Invite people from industry to give us more advice.


  3. "University of Chicago Biophysics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    It's a great school. You get out what you put in. If you're lazy you will have a bad time.

    Cons

    There is a lack of engineering departments.


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  5. "Communications Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at the Vice President's Office as a communications assistant. Friendly environment, young staff, relatively simple job, and flexible hours.

    Cons

    The work can be boring sometimes. Most of the time I was updating the university's social media accounts and finding things to post.


  6. "Overall great place to begin career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, lots of learning and development opportunities. Colleagues are fun and enthusiastic about the university, and management is relatively flexible.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between upper management and staff, especially when changes have a direct impact on the daily roles of staff.


  7. "The best University ever!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has a very friendly, supportive and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    I can't recall any downside. I have enjoyed every moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  8. "When you're not faculty ................"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Science Associate in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Science Associate in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    University of Chicago has decent affordable options for health-care insurance including flexible spending accounts and life insurance. Flexible work hours make the life / work balance easier.

    Cons

    University of Chicago has limited "perk" benefits for staff, non-faculty. For example, UofC will pay college tuition for children of faculty and senior staff to any school and where in the country. Families of staff need to fun 100% of their children's college costs with no help from UofC. There is a slight discount in tuition if the child goes to UofC for undergraduate studies. Limited promotion and training opportunities for staff employees. Located at Argonne National Lab, the UofC salaries are not up-to-par with ANL salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the college tuition help to UofC staff employees.


  9. "Administrative Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Onsite healthcare options; promotions from within institution; Good pay and benefits; attempts at work-life-health balance; tuition reimbursement; shuttle bus options; free satellite parking; overall decent management; renowned institution; onsite trainings

    Cons

    Technology not as advanced as it could be; limited perks - no cafeteria discounts, parking discounts; management can be rigid and impersonal;

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff morale


  10. "Teaching Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    It very depends what kind of course you TA for. It could be a lot of work like core PhD courses or could be very light work such as elective undergrad courses.

    Cons

    They pay is terrible. Although if you find a course which does not take much time might not be that bad hourly

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay. Some courses need more than one TA. This could entail more attention to students as well


  11. "Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics - Reseach"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Everyone who works at KICP is incredibly kind, curious, and intelligent. People are excited to discuss physics concepts and it is very easy to find people willing to give advice about graduate school, fellowships, and things of that sort.

    Cons

    The hours can be a bit erratic, some weeks there is not enough to do, while other weeks it seems impossible to manage the workload. It takes a good deal of schedule flexibility to be an effective researcher

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular, I really enjoy working with my PI and the administrative staff have always been helpful and kind whenever I have talked with them.


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