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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise
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Pros
  • On the most part you will enjoy a good work-life balance at the university (in 26 reviews)

  • Competent co-workers and managers; flexible work environment; good professional development opportunities (in 52 reviews)

Cons
  • Cronism is very apparent since it is located in a small Town (in 33 reviews)

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

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  1. "Styling wigs for the Broadway series."

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

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

    Pros

    I do enjoy working all the shows. The stage manager on down are very organized. What a pleasure!

    Cons

    There are not too many cons. we


  2. "Great working environment"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours
    Good pay
    Good benefits
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of legislators passing a budget for two years (inadequate funding)
    Too many highly paid upper administration positions
    Need more transparency from the President on down

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate the organizational structure in upper management and realign responsibilities instead of creating new VP jobs. Reallocate savings to fund programs which are suffering due to the budget impasse.


  3. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Career Services in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Career Services in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Competent co-workers and managers; flexible work environment; good professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Salary increases are not always possible during pay freezes


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  5. "Excellent Education Institute"

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

    Friendly research collaboration atmosphere, fruitful reserve of intelligent population, long history of engineering excellence, world class advanced research facility, reasonable living expense

    Cons

    Hours of drive to nearby megacities, weather changes abruptly, hot summer and cold winter, windy all year around

    Advice to Management

    The government of the state of Illinois is not willing to fund its own university, one of the reasons is that the graduates are ver well recognized nationwide and not solely contributing to its own economy in state.


  6. "Great Work"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get the chance to interact with an enormous amount of diverse and smart people who are friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    Middle of nowhere Illinois, it is certainly far from many other places, and it is a rural town surrounded by corn and soybean plantations.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on administration and get back to focusing on students and faculty


  7. "Too much red tape"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of potential within the University, unfortunately all the red tape severely restricts how far you can make it with projects.

    Cons

    Software-wise, everything takes so long to get approved that, by the time the software is released, it's already outdated. So the tools offered within the University are constantly outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Make a bigger effort to provide the necessary tools to get work done.


  8. "Academic Hourly Researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    - Very intelligent people
    - Friendly environment
    - Diverse academic backgrounds
    - Large campus means lots of opportunities to mingle

    Cons

    - Food is not as high quality as other campuses
    - Campus is isolated from other large cities
    - Harsh winters can be uncomfortable to those who aren't acclimated

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to push for more funding and investments in STEM


  9. "Good Part-Time Research 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 at Urbana-Champaign part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn research skills while getting paid. There are a lot of research opportunities in every field and I've enjoyed working in research here for the past four years.

    Cons

    You typically only make minimum wage as an undergrad.


  10. "GOOD"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Get to work with students from diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    payment differs from department to department. some department pays very little as compared to work load.

    Advice to Management

    generate equity.


  11. "Web Developer Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Work was very relaxed pace, we just submitted a new plugin weekly until the project was done.

    Cons

    The project was a bit useless, we were making a text editor.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on actual issues


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