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Updated Jul 27, 2016

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University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis (no image)
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  1. "Excellent work culture"

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    Former Employee - Visiting Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, good pay, friendly work culture. Opportunities to take courses for free or at reduced tuition. Overall, the administrative, clerical and support teams are very helpful and work as teams. Motivation to keep going is built in every time you meet a student on campus or a patient at the hospital, because your reason to serve is always visible.

    Cons

    Funding is always an issue, and fear of budget cuts is palpable on campus.

    Advice to Management

    There is so much to overcome just dealing with being in a place with politics like Illinois and Chicago. Please keep people who have political savvy at the helm.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2014-10-25
  2. "Institutional Research Data Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Park Forest, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility Tuition Waiver Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Parking Union dues Pension jeopardized State Budget mishaps

    University of Illinois at Chicago2016-07-27
  3. "Excellent benefits and high quality work environment tempered by limited opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    UIC is an impressive organization that offers its employees great benefits and opportunities for personal advancement, particularly through tuition waivers for graduate and certificate education.

    Cons

    Non-faculty professionals are treated as largely expendable, with too many positions classified as "visiting."

    Advice to Management

    The University needs to develop a formal development track for academic professionals with greater emphasis on enhancing and keeping current employees rather than letting soft money turnover drive away quality people.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2014-08-11
  4. "Great benefits but lack of clear management and structure"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Interesting work. Compared to private industry, there is more job security here (although state funding cuts do create less certainty).

    Cons

    Offices are structured as independent entities, which causes competition within the university instead of collaboration. There is no clear path toward promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Make management decisions in collaboration with employees instead of using the top-down approach consistently. Foster a unity spirit among employees rather than the divisive culture often expressed.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2013-03-19
  5. "Satisfied"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance and flexibility

    Cons

    Varied managerial styles cause confusion and problems

    University of Illinois at Chicago2013-02-16
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Coordinator at University of Illinois Chicago"

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    Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Lots of vacation and personal days. Convenient to the train. A lot of departments and job opportunities for transferring.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy. The environment in certain departments is very cold. Areas around campus can be dangerous.

    Advice to Management

    Faculty acting as supervisors of employees should be held accountable for their actions given the level of power that they are given

    University of Illinois at Chicago2010-11-01
  7. "Responsible for coordinating projects."

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    Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Opportunity to explore a wide variety of personal and professional interests because the workplace is within an academic atmosphere. Also, the work/life balance is a real asset as well as the availability of free professional workshops/webinars and the ability to earn an advanced degree while working for the university.

    Cons

    Easier to make lateral moves within the university rather than vertical moves to advance your career. Also, a bit of a bureaucracy in terms of large volumes of paperwork required to get things done, which can be frustrating and can often feel like a waste of your time, but I'm sure there is a reason for it all.

    Advice to Management

    I think the leadership has been very effective in communicating with students and employees- especially given the obstacles that have been faced as a result of the difficult economic climate in the state of Illinois.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2010-04-23
  8. "Decent job security but low growth."

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    Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits package even for entry level employees. All employees receive 25 paid time off and almost just as many sick days.

    Cons

    -Growth and salary raises are very hard to obtain. Very difficult to find a higher level position and justified pay even with experience. Your salary is capped out quickly.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure if it's up to management but the union should negotiate a standard pay raise. Since it's public, there is no bonus and very low percentage raise if any.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2010-05-06
  9. "Great benefits, bad environment"

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    Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Great time off benefits Excellent pretax deductions Great health insurance: vision and dental as well State Retirement system is matched up 6% after 5 years

    Cons

    No incentive to perform optimally No promotion or raise options No annual increase beyond state approved 2%, but since state is in a deficit, no increase for the last 3 years. No self improvement funds State retirement is not optional contribution. It's automatic 8% deduction which you cannot borrow from or withdraw while employed by the University.

    Advice to Management

    During this difficult time of economic crisis when budgets are being slashed, try to find some way to reward employees for their continued dedication and hard work. Perhaps a lunch once a month or an extra half hour for lunch to give them some hope and renewed sense of appreciation.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2009-12-10
  10. "Typical University environment"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Project Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I enjoy my current position because it allows for flexibility. I work for a task-oriented principal investigator so I don't have to work a strict 9 to 6.

    Cons

    The university classifies some grant funded positions as visiting. "Visiting" positions are not eligible for merit pay increases.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2012-09-11
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