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Updated March 8, 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. "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


  2. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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.


  8. "State Budget Problems Effect University Employees"

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    Current Employee - Office Support Specialist in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Office Support Specialist in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exciting to work with a student population. Opportunities to move around to different departments in the University, or even to other Illinois campuses. Enjoy working with well-qualified co-workers with enthusiasm for working with students.

    Cons

    Maintaining and replacing staff is an issue due to needing University approval to replace employees that have left for one reason or another. Positions remain unfilled and others must pick up the slack to complete this necessary work. Health insurance and retirement benefits may be changing (for the worse) due to state budget.


  9. "Very good place to work at"

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

    I have been working at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good research university with many experienced faculty

    Cons

    No one that I can think of for now :)


  10. "Lead Student Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Lead Student Assistant/Duty Officer in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Lead Student Assistant/Duty Officer 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Can do homework at the desk, not too much traffic, people are usually really nice, and the other employees are really laid back

    Cons

    finals week gets busy sometimes


  11. "World-Class Research University with Some Deep Problems Nevertheless"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Professor in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues. Freedom to create and teach courses in one's expertise. Good opportunities for 1-2 semesters released from teaching to pursue research and writing. User-friendly airport nearby. Good performing arts centers with four stages. Several good restaurants and coffee shops. Visiting researchers from around the world appearing regularly for talks, seminars, conferences.

    Cons

    Students range from highly motivated/Ivy League-worthy to unmotivated/dubious merit as high school grads. Racist mascot still casts a long shadow. Difficult town-gown relations (surrounding community much more politically and socially conservative than campus community). Local airport only has direct flights on American Airlines to Chicago and Detroit--therefore, most trips require at least one layover in one of these cities.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that faculty are experts in their fields--consult them for advice.



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