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Updated August 21, 2017
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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. "Depends on advisor..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    The intellectual atmosphere is usually excellent, and overall it's a good place to work. Much of this depends on your advisor though (as a grad student or postdoc).

    Cons

    I think some departments have too few staff, which makes getting things done harder. Funding for small things like social events seems to fluctuate wildly, and the administration seems to heavily favor certain departments at any given time. Buildings are overfilled.

    Advice to Management

    Keep funding all the traditional departments at a solid level, and speed up construction!


  2. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Intelligent people in a dynamic environment

    Cons

    Higher stress and high expectations

  3. "Good benefits and beautiful campus"

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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 part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The part-time and full-time benefits are good, and the campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    The commute is difficult from the north side of Chicago. CTA bus service is sparse. UChicago's bus system UChicaGO is pretty good.


  4. "Difficult place to work"

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

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

    Pros

    Great students - very motivated and interested in the class material, eager to ask questions and get involved in class and projects.

    Cons

    The administration was difficult to work with and often quite unreasonable. Salaries are low and benefits non-existent. It was difficult to feel supported as a teacher.

    Advice to Management

    Start considering all of your graduate teachers employees and interact with them accordingly. It's difficult to manage a two tier system.


  5. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus on the south side of Chicago

    Cons

    Some days it's Hard to find parking.


  6. "why is a title required?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    good work life balance for the most part

    Cons

    the work culture is sort of strange


  7. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Professional in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Professional in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can learn a lot from your supervisor, attending department seminars, taking courses, etc

    Cons

    Could be a lonely experience

  8. "Still work to be done"

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Great location and amazing students

    Cons

    Some faculty can be pretentious and unhelpful. They're not good at responding to staff needs


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Communications"

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    Current Employee - Communications Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great intellectual environment, diversity of advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    There are minimal maternity leave benefits.


  10. "Research Specialist"

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

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment, with good benefits

    Cons

    Lots of time and energy needed for the job


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