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Updated November 10, 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. "University of Chicago"

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    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Open diverse culture, good benefits

    Cons

    Location, age of the infrastructure, low salary structure

    Advice to Management

    put more resources into staff development


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    "Unprofessionalism in the Humanities Division"

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    Former Employee - Academic Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Academic Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of talented staff who are underpaid but work like they're overpaid. Most staff are dedicated to the best that the institution offers, and go above and beyond, and many faculty and students are appreciative and supportive of staff work on their behalf.

    Cons

    Humanities HR is unprofessional and at time, abusive. Higher level administration at the level of the Humanities and the U of C in general is frequently tone deaf to staff issues, and treats staff like naughty children when they have legitimate work concerns. Imagine the worst of corporate business practices without the protections that the business environment has in place to protect its employees. Staff often take on faculty and high level administrative duties to compensate for incompetent faculty administrators, and without due compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Learn best business practices and actually value your employees. Your lip service around employee value is transparently false. As James Baldwin once wrote, I cannot believe what you say, because I see what you do.

  3. "Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Solid benefits (401k, insurance)

    Cons

    A ton of admin and management personnel changes recently due to the budget deficient.

    Advice to Management

    Pay big-name faculty less so you can pay necessary supports that keep this institution running.


  4. "The University could be so much more"

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    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

    Working for a tier 1 learning institution carries significant currency in the marketplace, particularly in the higher education industry.

    The University compensates administrative leadership generously.

    Cons

    The University's culture is very decentralized, in which faculty and staff align with specific business units within the University (e.g.- school, department, division), rather than with the University as a whole.

    Within the University's organizational hierarchy (e.g.-pecking order), administrative staff members are generally held as secondary to faculty and staff.

    While the culture within specific units can be collegial and supportive, the culture within the University's central administration can be tense and unsupportive.

    Advice to Management

    The University of Chicago is a world renown learning institution with excellent faculty and staff. The University's leadership should invest more in creating a culture that acknowledges the value and contributions of its administrative staff, rather than making them feel subservient or otherwise less important than faculty and other stakeholders within the campus community.


  5. "U of C is indeed the ivory tower"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    The students are the brightest and most engaged in the United States. The faculty and scholars are world-class. The University is a real bastion of critical thinking and innovative work.

    Cons

    The University doesn't do enough to tackle many mental health aspects of the job. Compensation for low-end administrators and faculty is not appropriate for the level of work and involvement. Faculty have free-reign in the institution which can make the life of an administrator almost impossible at times.

    Advice to Management

    Make faculty accountable through incentive and punitive measures. Walk the walk. Provide more mental health days, clearer access to counseling, and consistent leadership to take people out of critical positions that they may not have the experience or skills for.


  6. "as described."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, fair salary, good union

    Cons

    don't value staff, only care about faculty and accolades


  7. "Great People but unfair compensation"

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

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

    Pros

    The healthcare package is great as well as the environment.

    Cons

    It's quite sexist. Most of the men are receiving higher salaries and/or more bonuses compared to the woman that in most cases are putting in twice or three times the work the men are doing.
    Salaries are low compared to other universities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention the ones who work harder than others, this is leading us all to quit one by one.

  8. "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.


  9. "UChicago Review"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources, rigorous, opens opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, stingy management, disconnected from reality


  10. "Research Assistant in Department of Economics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    great pay, working under top economists

    Cons

    Treat researchers not too well, don't schedule nearly enough hours, work is menial, never actually meet the top economists you work with


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