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Updated November 17, 2018
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  • "no cons for this university as far as I know" (in 9 reviews)

  • "low pay long hours diffcult work" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Best place to earn a PhD in chemistry in the country"

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    Former Employee - Chemistry Graduate Student in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Chemistry Graduate Student in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic faculty, excellent facilities and the greatest storeroom in existence

    Cons

    Central IL can be cold in the winter and humid in the summer


  2. "Office Support Associate - Hit or miss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    1. Opportunities for advancement after six months
    2. Extreme ease with interviewing due to job fair

    Cons

    1. The job can be really hit or miss depending on what department hires you. Worked for two while there. In the first, I only was able to acquire work to fill maybe 15% of my time there, even after asking for more and suggesting that I could help in other ways. In the second job, my coworkers were amazing and the amount of work was perfect. The only slow days were during the summer and sometimes holidays.
    2. Most departments require you take a 1 hour lunch break.
    3. If in the middle of campus, expect walk at least a half mile to work every day when starting.

  3. "Graduate life"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of research facilities, funded projects, great PIs, and scope of collaboration

    Cons

    Academic advisor/PI has the ultimate control of your life. Your life is ruined when you land up with the wrong one!

    Advice to Management

    Advisor-student incompatibility is a significant issue during graduate study. The graduate students should be provided necessary protection and support if he/she wished to switch advisor. The departmental heads (at least my experience in the MechSE) sometimes is not at all supportive, and students are left to deal with the situation all by themselves. Academic advisors, being the source of the stipend (directly in case of an RA and indirectly in case of TA via recommendation) have the ultimate power and student are not in a position to fight for their situation or negotiate terms. This is of major concern for international graduate students because of their visa status and financial background.


  4. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really good hours for a student employee

    Cons

    Not that much work to do since it was the summer time


  5. "U of I"

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    Current Employee - Accounting
    Current Employee - Accounting
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, educational mission, many free events on campus for the family, professional environment.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, hard to be promoted within unless you move to another department, State Funded, charge employees for parking and sometimes hard to park on campus, unproductive employees aren't dealt with which brings down morale.


  6. "Hands-On Management and Flexible Hours"

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    Former Employee - Student Library Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Student Library Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The management was really hands-on.
    The hours were first-come first-served, but very flexible.

    Cons

    There was a little bit of disorganization, but that means you were able to choose what tasks to do.


  7. "Postgraduate research at the University of Illinois"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    Outstanding researchers and facilities, lots of collaborations

    Cons

    To some, Champaign/Urbana may feel a bit small and not a very exciting place to live in the long term

  8. "Doctoral student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The faculties are very supportive. Many resources for PhD students

    Cons

    Location is a big limitation

    Advice to Management

    If it fits your research interests, go for it, otherwise looking for better places


  9. "Assoc Professor"

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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 Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Great students, wonderful colleagues, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Underfunded pension, challenging HR processes


  10. "Assistant Athletic Coach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Very family like atmosphere

    Cons

    Administration is slow to get things down


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