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Updated November 14, 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 28 reviews)

  • Competent co-workers and managers; flexible work environment; good professional development opportunities (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Cronism is very apparent since it is located in a small Town (in 37 reviews)

  • small town, too far from big cities (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating environment where groundbreaking research happens on regular basis. The faculty and staff are amazing.

    Cons

    None I can think of


  2. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    I teach undergraduate classes and it is a very rewarding experience. Teaching assistants have many benefits and as a graduate student, they have access to many amenities, e.g. sport, music, etc. Champaign-Urbana is a cheap area, I can live off my salary.

    Cons

    Students fees are quite high: fall, spring and summer fees altogether are around $1,300.

  3. "Decent Opportunities for Undergrads"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of creative freedom and a seat at the table.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  4. "Great / student technician"

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    Current Employee - IT Student Worker in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - IT Student Worker 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 a year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, friendly manager, friendly supervisor, simple tasks, beneficial.
    Enhances communication.
    General responsibilities
    Can study at the desk
    Workshops to improve other skills

    Cons

    There are absolutely no cons to working as a student technician at This University in the union. It’s a great place.


  5. "Excellent research environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for cross disciplinary research. Excellent and productive environment to collaborate, IGB and Beckmann are notable examples.

    Cons

    Less work life balance. not a big city


  6. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Better wages than some universities, the healthcare isn't too bad, tons of ways to interact with other students, easy to find teaching assistantships

    Cons

    Your experience here is entirely dependent upon the lab you join. It can be great, or it can be horrible. Try to talk to other members before making your decision.


  7. "IT help desk"

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    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly colleges and can learn a lot

    Cons

    sometimes busy and have conflict with course schedule

  8. "Resident Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great support system

    Cons

    Your duty nights can be calm or incredibly busy depending on the day.


  9. "Lab Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to work independently with flexible hours.

    Cons

    A bit off campus and lonely at times.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  10. "Great place for grad school!"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm going into my 5th year of grad school in a STEM program at UIUC. I love it here. There are amazing opportunities to perform impactful research all over campus. I am very glad of my decision to attend grad school here. Also, the pay is good compared to other grad programs, especially when factoring in the low cost of living.

    Cons

    The state of Illinois is broke and doesn't have a budget. The future of funding for the university is uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    Pass a budget and support education!


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