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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  • Low pay (it's graduate school, of course) (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. "Intramural Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Intramural Supervisor in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Intramural Supervisor in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, Fun environment, Decent pay

    Cons

    Long hours, Have to be at every training even after going through it once, twice, or three times.

    Advice to Management

    Let the student staff help in scheduling and planning events.


  2. "postdoctoral scientist"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Health insurance fully covered.

    Cons

    very small city. Nothing much to do. Also not a lot of collaborations.

  3. "Good if no conflicts"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Iowa City, IA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small college city; good research and facilities

    Cons

    Students and post-docs get into conflict with their PIs. Not everywhere, but more than one would expect.


  4. "Lots of opportunity, lots of red tape"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Services Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Administrative Services Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits- better if you are single or dual career- 1 employee plus family can get a little expensive, but still good.
    Lots of professional development opportunities, if you are in the right college/position, there are chances for promotion.
    If you can find a good mentor, there are chances for growth and promotion. Sometimes you have to move around a bit in order to find a department that will support you.
    As in any place, there are jerks, but also there are incredible people and teams here at the UI and you can find a solid network of professionals that will become your second family.

    Cons

    Still lots of overly 'traditional' thinkers that DO NOT like change and are terrified of technology. Those people are mostly in charge. Even in 2017, women are not treated well and mothers might as well just shove off, you will be dismissed and overlooked for promotion- same with people of color. Women in any office are treated as receptionists and secretaries, even if they are directors. Some offices have really stepped up and offered opportunities equally, others are still in the dark ages. Look around when you interview and see which one you are in.
    Also, this is a public university and you will have lots of red tape and oversight. Even though taxes and public support have dwindled to a small percentage of our funding, everything is controlled for whether or not a tax-payer would like it.

    Advice to Management

    Support parents and young people, you are not prepared for the retirement tsunami that is coming. Also, learn to embrace women, people of color, and parents. Right now, the university is having trouble keeping up with the times and those are underutilized groups that could offer a lot to the University if only the UI could broaden it's scope to support them. Some University level policies do, but people are not being held accountable at the college or department levels.


  5. "Student IT Worker"

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    Former Employee - Student IT Support in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Student IT Support in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility for student workers
    Independent, self-driven work
    Engaging
    Flexible time

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy
    Full time employees don't always pull their own weight
    Sub-par training program

    Advice to Management

    Introduce guided training program for student IT workers
    Work harder, show initiative
    Cut dead weight around the department


  6. "Overall good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Program Evaluator in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Program Evaluator in Iowa City, IA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, meaningful work, great benefits

    Cons

    Bad management, long work hours, low pay (but good benefits), too much bureaucracy


  7. "Good Student Jobs"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with classes.
    Great Supervisor.

    Cons

    Low compensation.
    Sometimes tedious work.
    Lack of future job offers.

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Intern - Library Clerk in Iowa City, IA
    Former Intern - Library Clerk in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience, positive environment, caring professors

    Cons

    Low pay, not enough hours


  9. "Accounting Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, easy to schedule shifts around class schedule,

    Cons

    I do not have any cons!

    Advice to Management

    Unpaid lunches should be removed


  10. "great place to settle"

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    Former Employee - Coach in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Coach in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be surrounded with a community of intelligent Phds, some doing very interesting work in their respective fields, a super fan sport scene, and a safe and easy town to live in. Great benefits and healthcare!

    Cons

    People stay forever, and the culture of complacency and being average is the norm in most parts of the University. Students are about the same.


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