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University of Illinois at Chicago Resident Assistant Reviews

Updated Nov 5, 2019

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University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis (no image)
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  1. "Quite tiring on the West campus"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Care Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fewer residents compared to other campus

    Cons

    Have to deal with 2 types of guests

    University of Illinois at Chicago2019-11-06
  2. "Resident Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant 

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly Staff and free housing and meal plan

    Cons

    No transparent communication with the boss. If you have friendly staff you are good though.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2019-08-17
  3. "Resident assistant"

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free housing and food and there was a stipend

    Cons

    Lot of work to do most of the time

    University of Illinois at Chicago2019-07-12
  4. "Free housing"

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    Current Contractor - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free housing and can make a lot of new friends.

    Cons

    Overworked. Resident Directors are lazy and do not care about you. Hypocritical culture as they preach liberal and nice to everyone things, but don't act it.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2019-03-29
  5. "Resident Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    "Free" Housing, Close to campus, many networking opportunities

    Cons

    - Complete lack of transparency from those in management position. - Multiple large projects are assigned out of the blue with only a few days to work on any one project that would typically require weeks to complete properly. - Organization policy constantly changing - Policy enforcement being inconsistent and holding a high level of favoritism. - Completely obstinate to feedback on ways to improve to the point that co-workers were threatened with termination for voicing concerns. - Very low morale among employees - The expectation to be autonomous unit but perform specific tasks in a certain manner without instruction or proper training.

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    Advice to Management

    Higher transparency with employees and higher consistency in all matters.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2017-08-11
  6. "The Perks Don't Outweigh the Cost"

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    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're an RA there is free housing and food. The real pro is (usually) the staff members. You build life-long friendships with some truly amazing individuals.

    Cons

    If you're a PM you don't get a weekend meal plan. You're expected to work shifts on jobs you weren't hired for (like the front desk). Threatened with being fired if you don't attend basketball games (so management can impress the executives). Give up any hopes of having a work-life balance. Don't calculate the amount of hours you work versus the pay you get.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the workers to unionize, provide explicit contracts, and stop taking advantage of young adults

    University of Illinois at Chicago2017-04-01
  7. "UIC Campus Housing RA"

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    Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Pros

    Good benefits: housing, food, stepiend

    Cons

    Horrible administrative team that will over work you.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the market you are catering to and treat your student employee's less like cattle and more like people.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2015-03-10
  8. "Bureaucracy Crazy"

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to connect with people and build bonds. Close to downtown and has a number of resources available.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy because they answer to the state and the city of Chicago. Many things never get done or are accomplished in round-about ways.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize the red tape so when you complain to employees something isn't done than it's not always your fault.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2013-06-15
  9. "A great but sometimes frustrating opportunity that gave me a chance to develop my personal skills and contribute."

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working w/ student staff and forming a community with the students living on campus has been very rewarding. While receiving free housing was a nice benefit and the main reason why most students pursue becoming a resident assistant, it was the personal and professional relationships that I made that made it worthwhile.

    Cons

    A very large disconnect between student staff and upper management. And a lack of communication between the inner departments of Campus housing (eg Resident Assistants and Desk workers). And very apparent lack of funding, resources and maintenance in the residence halls.

    Advice to Management

    Make more time to meet with student staff and make better efforts to improve communication at and between every level.

    University of Illinois at Chicago2013-04-14
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