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University of Illinois Champaign Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to learn media/advertising related field (in 13 reviews)

  • I learned a lot during my first year of working here (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • no cons for this university as far as I know (in 6 reviews)

  • low pay long hours diffcult work (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Student in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn media/advertising related field

    Cons

    The location is too far away from big city

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    Screwed up state funding is scary

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees feel valuable


  3. "Undergraduate Researcher"

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    Former Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in Champaign, IL
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The hours were very flexible. As long as you worked 20 hours a week and you got your work done, they didn't care when you went in. It was very easy to get along with fellow researchers.

    Cons

    You had to be responsible for your work for the most part. The people would be willing to help, but everyone is so busy that they might not have the time.

    Advice to Management

    It would have been nice if there was more written goals for everyone. There were so many different jobs happening that it was pretty hectic in the office.


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  5. "Intern Review"

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    Former Intern - Design Intern in Champaign, IL
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Illinois as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot during my first year of working here. I had lots of fellow employees and some large-scale projects to work on.

    Cons

    Usually it was pretty slow-paced and repetitive. After my first year, things slowed down too much for me and I was ready to move on. There was not a lot of room for creativity, because they often requested the same things over and over.

    Advice to Management

    There was usually a good amount of work to be done, but all of the work was so similar, so it easily became boring. It is important to keep the interns engaged and challenged. A positive attitude and influence is vital to encourage interns.


  6. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Peer Consultant in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Peer Consultant in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tutored a variety of students on a variety of assignments. Good instruction. Best to set expectations with students before beginning a session.

    Cons

    Students would expect you to "fix" their papers, when the role was really for tutoring and criticism.

    Advice to Management

    Make the expectations clearer to students coming into the Writing Center about what they can get out of a tutoring session.


  7. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Patient instructor to guide you and you can make progress quickly

    Cons

    Everything is good except that salary is low.


  8. "Easy Student Work"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Students get paid fair wages to be working while in classes

    Cons

    Limits on how many hours you can work based on class load

    Advice to Management

    Plan your work schedule when you plan your class schedule for the semester


  9. "Student marketing internship at Research Park"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications Intern in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Illinois part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is very encouraging and understanding that you are a student at classes come first, but there is an expectation to balance work as well. They are flexible with vacations. There is a definite startup vibe in the building because it houses dozens of startups in the incubator.

    Cons

    Everyone works in close quarters, so it can be often difficult to know to whom you report regularly. I often felt like I had three different bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear about lines of communication within the job (who reports to whom). Consider offering OT projects for interns at various times of the year.


  10. "Graduate student, part-time"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience teaching independently a lab of 25 students in the School of Education. Difficult to get this position, but persistent doctoral students in Panarea of education can eventually get this invaluable teaching experience.

    Cons

    Pay is regulated by the bargaining unit and comparable to other campuses though on the lower end.

    Advice to Management

    Let more doctoral students gain this experience, not only those associated with the management.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Director - Capital Programs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work hours, insurance, atmosphere, coworkers, work/family balance

    Cons

    Pay raises limited, student foot traffic, political environment, lack of state funding, potential retirement reductions

    Advice to Management

    Finding other ways to compensate and show appreciation to employees for a job well done. Have pay raises based on performance.


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