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  • Bad work life balance generally (in 22 reviews)

  • Obscenely low pay made it difficult to find a good out-of-work life (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Office Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Worked in a small office with a fantastic boss who kept a tightly running ship while keeping the environment relaxed and effective for both staff and students. They allowed me to take on extra projects to help the office (web development, etc.) which was great for developing more skills and staying engaged. Overall, a good place to work.

    Cons

    Working in a smaller office is better than working in one of the larger ones.


  2. "Graduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    A lot of smart people

    Cons

    Bad work life balance generally

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    "Part-time Undergrad Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The pay as a (recent) undergraduate is pretty good–grad students is a little higher. A lot of flexibility in terms of hours, both in terms of quantity and in terms of allocation. It probably also depends on your field. Being in the social sciences, I was given a lot of leeway in both of these respects. I can't really speak to full time staff or faculty, but I had a pleasant experience with the University's management. The experience I had really gave me a lot of skills that will help me later on in the job market.

    Cons

    The actual administrative process of getting officially hired was a slow. This could likely be due to HR being understaffed, but I couldn't say with any certainty.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your hiring system–especially in the social sciences.


  4. "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


  5. "professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    one of the most amazing universities in the world

    Cons

    none i am aware of

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  6. "Summer Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    I worked as a research assistant at Chicago Booth during summer 2015. Great academic atmosphere, great professors.

    Cons

    Location, not that safe during night


  7. "Toxic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Can be lax. Nice to work around highly educated people.

    Cons

    There's not much space for advancement. Interactions with those more thoroughly embedded in the academics part of academia can be hard, insofar you've been commodified and are either an obstacle or not-an-obstacle (but never a valued presence) to someone's academic advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Support support staff and non-tenure employees (including part-time, students, researchers, etc.).

  8. "Business Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance, location, great people to work with

    Cons

    Location, work culture, stiff competition


  9. "Talk to someone who's worked in your department before signing"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The University has a great benefits plan and some great employees throughout the different departments. Most departments and divisions are well-run with most student facing roles actually invested in the success of the students. Also, because of the size of the University it is very easy to advance in your career and develop a strong professional network.

    Cons

    The size of the University makes it difficult to establish a unified culture or experience so one department or division may be your best job ever with great opportunities for personal and professional growth while another may have poor management or limited interest in investing in your career.


  10. "Pretty good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Good supervisor and lab environment

    Cons

    Poor communication around changes to payment systems


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