University of Chicago Employee Reviews about "low pay"

Updated Dec 28, 2020

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  • "Good benefits including health insurance(in 99 reviews)

  • "Friendly work environment of colleagues all willing to help(in 77 reviews)

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  • "Low pay given the training level(in 42 reviews)

  • "The safety of neighborhood is concerning(in 38 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Research

      Nov 8, 2020 - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Great research environment and supportive environment

      Cons

      Low pay in academic field

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    2. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      OK

      Dec 28, 2020 - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Good people are easily found

      Cons

      Low pay is common at all levels

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Benefits but High Work Ethic/Expectations

      Dec 9, 2020 - Research Specialist II 
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      Pros

      Good benefits Provided Covid-19 leave/sick days Voluntary Covid testing for employees

      Cons

      High expectations Lots of overtime work Low pay and hard to move up into higher roles

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    4. 2.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Low pay.

      Dec 5, 2020 - Educator in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Rich in history and prestige.

      Cons

      Low pay to K-12 teachers.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Collaborative Environment to do Research

      Sep 23, 2020 - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Strong training environment, plentiful resources, collaborative research

      Cons

      Long hours, low pay (as expected in graduate school)

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Secure

      Sep 7, 2020 - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      High level of job security

      Cons

      Low pay given the training level

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      If you valued your RAs liked you claimed to, treat them like you do.

      Aug 6, 2020 - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Being an RA itself can be extraordinarily rewarding for the residents, the Resident Heads, and the bonds to be formed with other RAs.

      Cons

      Resident Assistants are told that they are the cream of the crop and essential to the UChicago experience, but definitely are not treated as such. The Assistant Directors that run HRL make it seem like they value the input of RAs but it is very clear that they do not, they hand down rules that are harmful to RAs and the house communities that they serve without any input and are surprised when they are objections. In addition, the vetting process for becoming an RA does not prevent any Title IX offenders from becoming RAs which is extraordinarily dangerous considering how much influence an RA has in their housing community— I know of at least one offender who almost become an RA but dropped out of the process of his own will, probably because other people knew he was an offender as well. RAs are also underpaid for the work they do, and the low pay combined with the hours and responsibilities creates a barrier to entry that the upper management is terribly offended by whenever it is brought up. This all was bad enough, but the treatment of RAs during the coronavirus pandemic has just been flat out terrible— they initially took away their salaries and only restored them after public outcry in the form of petitions and letters. Now the 2020 fall policy for new RAs to be stationed inside dorms with the implied expectation that they enforce social distancing puts the in physical danger, and shows that HRL does not actually care about the well-being about RAs (who are also just students!). They also are having RAs responsible for moving furniture for on-campus residents that is ship beforehand, which should be left to trained movers.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Network Architect

      Apr 24, 2020 - IT Service Dev 
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      Pros

      Flexible hours with IT, remote work, ability to pursue interests.

      Cons

      A bit disorganized in management, low pay depending on position

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to start out

      Mar 2, 2020 - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      smart people good environment fun city

      Cons

      low pay weather not a lot of room to move up

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Overall it's great

      Feb 12, 2020 - Communications Coordinator in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Intelligent environment, friendly staff, beautiful setting

      Cons

      Fairly low pay if part-time, if in a small department there are a lot of responsibilities

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