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  • Low pay (it's graduate school, of course) (in 15 reviews)

  • No cons to going to this great university (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Expensive City, Low RA/TA Salaries"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coverage of insurance provided by the university is not bad
    University has its own hospital (actually half of the university is hospital)

    Cons

    You have to pay around $160 as a student if you are not employed for the insurance
    If you want to make your spouse insured, it becomes $760 in total for both of you (for non employement)
    Even if you are employed by the university (TA or RA), you still have to pay around $250 to include your spouse in insurance
    What you'd get after tax (excluding insurance) would be around $1500, and you still have to pay for the rent which is around $750
    (This applies to some departments such as Computer Science which can't make money unfortunately. Some rich departments may pay more)

    Advice to Management

    International graduate students should't be seen as 'cheap work source'. You cannot do R&D or research by paying low to your employers and expecting them to work hard


  2. "Lab manager"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good CORE facilities for research

    Cons

    Benefits, management and poor salaries

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "scary place to work - IIHR - pretend that you know and like your boss and move ahead"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some reputation in Iowa. Some grads and under grads have a lot of potential but may face a few opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    - Fake people.
    - Lack of critical thinking
    - A lot of upper level Professors and main researchers do not master all the concepts necessary to take advantage of workers with talent, well and spot research projects.
    - The way to advance is just follow orders from people with little to no knowledge is really questionable.
    - People from Iowa area gets preference over others. Even if they do not show a high level of competence. They cover their tracks so well that only been inside you can spot the real deal.
    - Take advantage of cheap labor from talented graduate and undergrad students to make proposal cheap. So main PI's gets a lot of money and can pretend to know while the others just pass by, so they can hire a new batch of talented people.

    Advice to Management

    When you perform reviews they should be really impartial. Example: pick people to review you, objectively, that is not your best friends. Since, they only see wonderful thinks and does not spot potential problems.


  4. "Experience depends on department, mountains of bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health care and dental benefits, organized graduate student union (COGS)

    Cons

    Treated like a student or employee whenever it's most convenient for the administration. Nickel and dimed out of student fees, particularly in regards to graduation and dissertation submission. The 20 hour per week labor contract is routinely broken, as graduate research blurs with student credits. Vague or nonexistent itemization of fees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat graduate employees as employees, rather than students when it's convenient. Itemize and justify fees, or eliminate them entirely.


  5. "Skilled trades"

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    Current Employee - Facilities/Skilled Trades in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Facilities/Skilled Trades in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and productive relationships among co-workers and immediate supervisors in the trenches.

    Cons

    Upper-level administrators are clueless and treat workers poorly. The UI is developing a reputation for NOT being an employer of choice. Management has no respect for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Word is getting around that you too often discipline and terminate people who actually do the work without a valid reason. Apparently this allows you to increase your already bloated salaries. This is the supportive work environment that I started in decades ago, and upper management has severely eroded morale of rank and file over the years. Sad to see this happening.


  6. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - ELECTRON MICROPROBE RESEARCH ASSISTANT in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - ELECTRON MICROPROBE RESEARCH ASSISTANT in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Iowa (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free education, Great Research Experience, Modern Equipment.

    Cons

    Work extra hours with no pay compensation. No combination among P.I's.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Could be better. Could be worse."

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They don't completely screw you over. Moderate pay. Some benefits, though don't expect much. Access to a lot of student discounts with your .edu address.

    Cons

    Benefits lacking. Senior management repeatedly given votes of no confidence. CEO had mistakes on his resume and wildly overpaid. Clearly corrupt board of regents. Unimpressive overall.

    Advice to Management

    Find a replacement for your position. Resign. Don't take too large a golden parachute.

  8. "Decent Job"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours, challenging and fun work

    Cons

    Salary isn't competitive with other similar institutions

    Advice to Management

    To retain qualified help make sure salary reflects experience and credentials


  9. Helpful (1)

    "All depends on where you work"

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    Current Employee - Iowa in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Iowa in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package
    If you work in the right area, you get to do cool things and help people. Many good people work here.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in management right now. Board of Regents is not positive towards us right now. Moving toward a business model that is not as employee or student friendly. If you work in the wrong area you can be totally hosed.

    Advice to Management

    Put education and people first. Who ends up in the open positions can have a huge impact on the University and people who work there.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor support for senior faculty"

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    Current Employee - FULL PROFESSOR in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - FULL PROFESSOR in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice camps. Good place to bring up a family. Easy commute.

    Cons

    Back stabbing politics. Salaries non-competitive. Focused on money. Trying to get around tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Be more objective in awarding retention packages


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