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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  • Cronism is very apparent since it is located in a small Town (in 32 reviews)

  • Also transportation to near big cities is not ideally convenient (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Grader"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great working environment

    Cons

    workload is medium. A mess if you get conflict with your own exams


  2. "Excellent university with good opportunities for grad students"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Doing a TA or RA provides a decent income for a student while also waving your tuition and most of the fees.

    Cons

    Teaching assistantship consumes about 20hr/week which reduces the time you have to dedicate to your own research


  3. "Day to day operations, work document maintainance"

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    Current Employee - Graduate in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and nice colleagues

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low


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  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment with great support as well as great educational opportunities. Lots of networking potential. Research experiences were great with some elite professors

    Cons

    Very cutthroat mentality for success, not all professors are as welcoming as others and research is tough and difficult to get started in. Support at times can be lacking even with a committed staff.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more transparent with the processes, additional resources for graduate students and trying to integrate important skills into industry applications without such a research/academic heavy focus


  6. "Engineering IT: Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Super friendly staff, good training and mentoring system

    Cons

    Can not think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  7. "Ph.D"

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

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

    Pros

    Great university and a lot of chances

    Cons

    Far away from big cities


  8. "Assistant Review"

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    Current Employee - Course Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Course Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work among passionate peers
    Assist interested students
    Work with prestigious faculty

    Cons

    Some may pull their weight more than others


  9. "Faculty don't care about you, link up with Staff Scientist and Post-Docs"

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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 at Urbana-Champaign full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    World Class Lab facilities with great staff that are very helpful (Fredrick Seitz Materials Laboratory). The people here are very friendly and want you to succeed.

    Cons

    Share facilities means you have to use the same equipment as everyone else. Sometimes researchers dont take care of facility tools which ends up becoming your problem. Faculty members tend to be absent from the day to day operations of a group.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving everybody who thinks they want to do research access to the lab. Encourage better supervision and accountability of researchers.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, facilities, and support from other departments.
    Lots of networking opportunities with great professors.
    Great gym!

    Cons

    Little far away from big cities, not that fun during summer or winter break


  11. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule which is ideal for student

    Cons

    None that I can think of.



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