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Updated July 16, 2018
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  • "No work/life balance is allowed or considered" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Obscenely low pay made it difficult to find a good out-of-work life" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Ph.D. Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Excellent research institution. World class professors. Strong graduate and post graduate students. Flexible working hours. Great campus and easy access to/from downtown Chicago

    Cons

    Intense working hours. You need to do teaching assistantship, research assistantship, and independent research all at the same time.


  2. "Lucked Out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    I worked with an amazing staff who was very welcoming. There seemed to be great opportunities to make connections in my field.

    Cons

    It will always be a kind of hit or miss with things.

  3. "i mean, it's fine"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate 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

    campus is beautiful & my PI is great. we have access to everything we need to be able to work quickly and happily. hyde park is green and has easy access to lots of beach & parks.

    Cons

    admin is cumbersome (lots of paperwork & shifting structures). staff can be condescending and sexist. work environment varies highly lab to lab, but mine is good. housing in the neighborhood is ample but expensive and of varying quality (there are bed bugs so look carefully!).

    Advice to Management

    the office of health and safety is kind of a joke when it comes to handling a practical lab. safety training is non-specific and staff can be condescending and sexist.


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Lots of innovation, collaboration, seminars, professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    Finding out about things that are interdivisional sometimes can be a challenge.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Approachable faculty, generous PTO

    Cons

    Safety of surrounding area, not many resources for non-students for recent grads


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Stimulating environment, a lot of options for movement within the big university, support of educational goals

    Cons

    Commuting to Hyde Park is okay - but it can feel isolating to be in HP each day and miss out on networking/life downtown


  7. "Patient transportation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Meeting people and talking to them about various things.

    Cons

    Management communication could be better!

  8. "Great position, great people"

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    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not very busy in general I can do my work

    Cons

    Not at all given the salary level

    Advice to Management

    I love them


  9. "Marketing Department - Booth School of Business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, awesome team and they appreciate hard work and try to promote withing. Also they provide great professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    Some people can be negative, and overall education pay is a bit lower. Management can be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to your team. Also bring others up on larger projects. You are a manager, then manage. Let your team execute.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Steady and Solid, but not the dream."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work contributing to healthcare.

    Cons

    Inflexible pay and promotion structure.

    Advice to Management

    The passion of employees can either be nurtured and harnessed or left to its own devices... and in such cases that talent will leave.


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