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Updated December 9, 2016
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  • hard to find a good work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Obscenely low pay made it difficult to find a good out-of-work life (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Soul crushing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff is incredibly hard working, caring and dedicated. The pay checks have not bounced yet.

    Cons

    Management is arrogant and clueless. What sort of place has the President be one of the highest paid in his class yet has driven the organization to financial ruin?

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Perhaps talk to that highly rated Business School. Stop encouraging managers to hide issues.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Graham School- TURNOVER"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of happy hours- may not be happy but alcohol helps.

    Cons

    The leadership has been so preoccupied in creating elevated positions that have no added value that they have no idea that the staff are more focused on their job searches than anything else. The workload is impossible, fear dictates culture and the only way to address it is to leave. Anyone there more than six months is considered a more senior staff member. It says it all when you start job searching on your first day. If leadership spent less time traveling back and forth from India and China for no apparent reason, perhaps they could actually address "life long learning."

    Advice to Management

    The only management at Graham is mismanagement. Hire a VP of HR and address the hiring and salary inequity. This is truly an elitist unit with no elitist programs. It's a spoiled child running loose and it's time to reign it in.


  3. "Plant Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Insurance package was ok. Expensive premiums.

    Cons

    Worked in plant. Highly political and type of work was not what I expected. Mostly maintenance of 100 year old buildings. If your a project manager in the private or public sector be aware that working here will limit your growth in learning. You are basically a maintenance person taking care of menial small projects. With a mile long paper trail and 10 people above you telling you how to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Do not advertise for project managers. Your ad should read maintainance supervisor.


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  5. "Disconcerning staff - PT Interviewers only in N.M."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    10.50 hourly PT only for Interviewers of Amerispeak Support Speacialist multitasking CSR's Forced to do NIS, and it's constant mandatory trainings. Also worked Amerispeak, and Support calls. all this
    Just to be a CSR support speacialist Telephone interviewer

    Cons

    Day to day work is random & chaotic! No help from supervisors, they are rude & unprofessional. They Do not assist interviewers in their needs especially when respondents are on the line. Staff just taunts & ridicule interviewers! Told to read message board and dry erase board that changes hourly. No communication from supervisors to interviewers in Amerispeak!! It is a jail enviroment with staff marching up & down aisles, tapping at your desk or leaning on it. Supervisors taunt and harass Interviewers constantly about study FAQ'S because they cannot help us otherwise. No up keep in break room or bathrooms dirty & full of ants!! Coffee machine never works and full of ants and soap. Refrigerator for supervisors only- Give us a real breaks! 6 minutes an hour is ridiculous. Clocking out for breaks every time is uncalled for.
    Also-
    There is:
    Weekly monitoring on calls and a short emailed evaluation.
    Daily Test calls too from Albuquerque and from chicago supervisors.
    I had three of these monitored calls a day at times..very nerve wracking! Unsure why I was singled out this way.
    Plus monthly evaluations.
    Know your FAQ's on all changing surveys or be written up-
    even if NORC changes their ideas of how they want Telephone Interviewers to represent the company to respondants. These ideas change constantly and they do Not tell interviewers of changes until monitoring and write ups began.. so Beware!

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees. Learn your surveys management!! Field Interviewers need to be knowledgable too! Telephone Interviewers must assist Field Interviewers as well..throughout our work shift in top of other respondent calls.
    Interviewers MUST Learn all surveys and all FAQ's!! So why do field interviewers and Supervisors never know their job! Albuquerque N.M. Interviewers PT only. Also rewards need tracking. Most calls inbound are angry respondents that never received rewards, needs improvement!
    Max 29 hrs minimum 16 hrs 10.50 hrly-
    Get us Real health insurance!! Not just N.M. health insurance market place. The state provides this already!
    N.M. employees need the promotions too!
    not just Chicago employees sent to NM to be promoted. Our citizens are being lied to and cheated in that process of promotion.
    Schedule Mandatory trainings and give employees advance notice!! Do not run training classes into 10pm. There is no public transportation that late in the evening.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only reason for the one star is because the benefit plans have lots of options. Expensive, but lots of options.

    Cons

    Low pay; no respect for staff - for example allowing faculty or other people with no education and experience in my field to second-guess my decisions; pompous faculty who think they know everything and that the world revolves around them; no upward mobility unless you are one of the few "highly favored" by senior administration; parking is $100+/month; no work/life balance - you are expected to answer your phone and emails 24/7/365. Students are impossibly demanding, have emotional issues, and act like staff is their servants. Parents act the same if not worse.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the hard work and commitment of all your employees, not just the faculty. We are here because we enjoy working with students. Respect the education and experience of staff and do not second guess every decision. Give reasonable annual pay raises - not 1 or 2 percent.


  7. "Telephone Interviewer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned A lot and was able to help others with the help of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Cons

    Company outsourced and was only able to work part time

    Advice to Management

    Should have not hired New people without informing them of lay offs


  8. "Graduate Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    - Institution's Prestige
    - Library
    - Location
    - Intellectual liveliness

    Cons

    - 'No mentorship' culture
    - Insufficient efforts on the institution's part for the quality of life of graduate students
    - Little or no professionalization (may vary across programs)
    - Insufficient diversity and anti-discrimination efforts

    Advice to Management

    - Replace the dean
    - External monitoring faculty mentoring efforts
    - External / lateral monitoring of departments (bring experts from other prestigious programs to assess non-content related aspects of programs: e.g. mentorship, climate, professionalization)


  9. "Just want out of academics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The budget for experiments better than last lab. I am able to buy things which I was not able to purchase before to help with projects but still not a crazy large budget. The manager is hands off and does not argue often. He seems interested in getting work done instead of distracted all the time. Decent line of communication.

    Cons

    Unusually low salary. University of chicago is well known for paying poorly. The salary is lower than any technician salary at Northwestern and their has been no cost of living increases. Poor project management, things are disorganized. The position is extremely isolating, only about a quarter of the staff speaks english regularly.


  10. "Not a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    UofC is a big place. There may be pockets where you can find a decent low-level job.

    Cons

    UofC is an institution that is perpetually under-staffed, with departments woefully underfunded. This results in a lot of unrealistic expectations on management. Those managers - particularly the good ones - don't stick around long, as they find better jobs downtown or at better run higher-ed institutions. And therefore most departments are poorly managed.

    In the mean time, lower-level employees are rarely supported due to forever-changing management. And so employee development, promotions, and pay increases are very rare.

    If you're at Chicago and like it, by all means stay. If you're a recent grad, Chicago might give you your first "real" job. From my personal experience and the experience of my UChicago peers, taking a staff position at UofC is always a mistake. Never, ever leave a pretty decent job for UofC.

    Advice to Management

    Building new buildings is important on the south side, but you need to find a way to improve the fundamentals of the operation without blowing up things yet again. The most senior managers, well-known for their limitations and flaws throughout the industry, are hand-selected at the highest levels and then approved by "managed" search committees. This approach continues to do incredible damage to the institution. Doesn't anyone ever look inside?


  11. "Post-Award Adminsitrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    I can't see any thing about pros because nothing is good. If you want to develop your career, please don't consider this institution.

    Cons

    1. System: Over 25 years old, not friendly. I guess UChicago has no budget to update its super old system. Processing is always slow and unprofessional.

    2. Bureaucracy: Center office's culture is terrible. It has many old, unprofessional, unfriendly employee. In a department, 4-5 administrator left per year. If the senior manager doesn't like you, she will force you to leave and co-workers like to gossip.



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