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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  • Low-pay with limited hours for poor students (in 12 reviews)

  • There is not much life-work balance for graduate students (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Failure Must Be Punished"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, beautiful campus, plenty of sports and arts

    Cons

    Inconsistent funding, always threats of cuts

    Advice to Management

    Accountability does not mean fire anyone that fails. Businesses know failure is always possible, as you cannot predict the future. Too many are meek for fear of punishment.


  2. "Academic Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Flexible number of hours, relaxed environment and friendly staff

    Cons

    Some students are forced to go to tutoring and do not want to be there, low pay


  3. "Secure Employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Secure employment with career status, benefits are pretty amazing

    Cons

    Staff are treated as second class citizens compared to faculty and there seems to be a significant gender gap in certain colleges. Do to employment protection, ineffective or bad management is often protected.


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  5. "Great place for "disabled and passengers with children""

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    Former Employee - Distillery Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Distillery Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Don't go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.

    Cons

    Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.


  6. "Not the greatest for students"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of available jobs.
    Lots of possible work experience.

    Cons

    Many of the available jobs are grueling, inflexible to schedules and more than likely not applicable to your program of study what so ever.
    Many of the jobs are horribly under paid- minim wage here being lower than the rest of the county.
    Many of the managers are unbearable, insufferable, and inflexible.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that you're employing students. Understand that the student's priority is there grades- not being your slaves.


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    "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have a lot of freedom in what I do with my time at work. I am able to do some homework on the job, as long as I am completing all other duties.

    Cons

    You have to deal with a lot a lot of people. There are a lot of people who are very unaware about the university and need a lot of assistance.

    Advice to Management

    I think that management does a pretty good job. My manager is always informative about what we need to be aware of and doing at work.


  8. "Typical large research institution"

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Contractor - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great EES department and variety of equipment for analysis

    Cons

    $18,000 a year is not easy to live on in Iowa City.


  9. "Electronic Technician"

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    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have above average benefit package.

    Cons

    Awful lot of long term union and non-union employees have been laid off to hire new non-union workers at bottom level salaries and worse benefits. Much turnover in general.

    Advice to Management

    Do to others as you would have them do to you.


  10. "The good and the bad of working at a public university"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Decent pay. My department did try to be progressive, but when interfacing with internal clients, who push back on change, it's hard to keep on the forefront of things.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape. Lots of meetings to make decisions. Many people wishing to keep doing things they way they have always been.


  11. "Was good"

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    Former Contractor - Engineer III in Iowa City, IA
    Former Contractor - Engineer III in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Iowa as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salaries and benefits for the area

    Cons

    Not an exiting area to live in


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