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Updated December 20, 2017
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Iowa City, IA

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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. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a large research university and is committed to doing the work. The sheer size of it means that almost any intellectual resource you are looking for is available on campus. Its just a matter of finding the right personnel to collaborate with.

    Cons

    There is a lot of top down decision making that goes on and thus it suffers in terms of shred governance. It is a predominantly white institution that doesn't seem to quite understand that retaining people of color takes deliberate and intentional thinking and planning.

    Advice to Management

    Improve shared governance infrastructure so that there is buy-in from all stakeholders before decision making. If you are serious about being a campus that ins diverse and inclusive make intentional moves to assess the climate in ways that shows you how people of color are doing and then make changes.


  2. "Supply Chain Specialist Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are wonderful. I'm part of building a new Org and helped implement processes. I have supportive co-workers.

    Cons

    There are too many people involved in processes. This is a hierarchical platform to work with which limits efficiency and effectiveness, at times.

    Advice to Management

    Great leadership filters down. Great leadership with support, positive behavior, goals for employees to succeed provide good morale and stability within the workforce.

  3. "solid place to work in the corridor"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, culture is dependent on department, most well respected place to work in the corridor

    Cons

    can be very bureaucratic, work life balance largely dependent on your manager, working at a higher ed institution has it's challenges and nuances, approval processes take a long time, priorities are largely dependent on funding

    Advice to Management

    more transparency, engage and value your employees


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Ni incentives
    No Bonuses
    No pay per performance


  5. "Brief review of the University of Iowa"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting research projects
    Good people in the department
    A very nice place to live

    Cons

    Rapidly neoliberalizing state and institution
    University community and community at large are lacking in many kinds of diversity
    Not as many social attractions as in a large city

    Advice to Management

    Foster community relationships (i.e. partnerships and engaged research projects) that might swing political opinion back towards funding universities in the state appropriately.


  6. "Engineering Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 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

    Pays well, offers flexibility, learn alot about academia.

    Cons

    Many weeks you are working over you appointment allocation with no pay increase. Often professors won't have material solidified and you are left scrambling to ensure students recieve quality information.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure professors have a strong curriculum. Make sure courses function well and won't interfere with a graduate students research focus.


  7. "Really depends on the department you're in"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA

    Pros

    Great benefits and working environment, most people are friendly, campus is pretty and the town has all the things you would need

    Cons

    Not much incentive for working hard as there is not much room for quick advancement. I think the expectation is that a person will be there for decades, gradually working their way up

  8. "You give some, you get some"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome. It's different from dept to dept, but I can come and go as I please.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement if you don't have an advanced degree. A lot of really incompetent people in very important positions.


  9. "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


  10. "Secure Employment"

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    • Senior Management
    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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