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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  • Low-pay with limited hours for poor students (in 10 reviews)

  • I have heard that not all graduate students get paid the same (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grader in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Grader in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a grader, the instruction from professors are very important. But the professors I met were all very nice.

    Cons

    Nothing bad for this place.


  2. "Great place to work! Few opportunities for advancement."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to grow in your role. Adequate pay. Wonderful community

    Cons

    Not many ways to move up in terms of promotion with out moving on to another University.

    Advice to Management

    Performance reviews encourage mediocrity. Push for goals that are audacious.


  3. "HR Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits and community based connections/involvement

    Cons

    Need a greater focus on developing others as it relates to the vision of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Coaching managers to develop others


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  5. "Contract Painter"

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    Former Contractor - Contract Painter in Iowa City, IA
    Former Contractor - Contract Painter in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours; great management. Staff was understanding of disruptions caused by painting/office remodel.

    Cons

    Logistics could be difficult; work disruptions because of foot traffic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Really enjoyed this contract, the staff I met while completing it, and the facilities staff that assisted.


  6. "Excellent-Highly Recommend"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best benefits package/total comp available, work-life balance, flexibility, opportunity to move within UI, progressive, diverse.

    Cons

    Very liberal campus culture, decentralized depts can skew opinions, large so can be hard to get communication out.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find balance in having uniformity while allowing flexibility for the various UI dept needs. Seek out poorly reviewed depts. to investigate and change.


  7. "Instructor"

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

    Pros

    Great academic atmosphere, wonderful support from the university in terms of research funding, and a really nice place to live. I highly recommend it to other people.

    Cons

    Iowa City is a small place if you are not comfortable living in the Midwest. The benefits are a little cheap as well.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend making it clear how graduate students are assigned to work with certain faculty members compared to others. It is not clear how this system works.


  8. "Great place to have a career at!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, OUTSTANDING benefits, good pay, standing desks (at least in my dept), tuition and child care assistance, reimbursement for gym fees (if you use the on campus gym at least 4x a month), generous vacation and sick leave, great commitment to diversity and inclusion, lots of PD opportunities for professional and scientific staff, lots of opportunities to move up and areas to move around to. Fantastic wellness and EAP programs!

    Cons

    Lots of red tape to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving insanely high pay raises every year to the AVPs, VPs and Deans, when you are having to raise tuition and only giving 0.5 to a "whopping" 1% for the rest of the staff!! Also enough with all the levels of mgmt, which they are waaaay too many of! How many Assistant, senior assistant, associate and senior associate directors does one dept and institution need??!! Too many people are too concerned with titles!


  9. "Okay"

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

    I worked at University of Iowa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Quiet neighbor, lots of parties

    Cons

    has go to bigger cities for more opportunities


  10. "Best place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student & Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student & Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people around, perfect environment

    Cons

    Nothing as i could think of


  11. "Research Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good environment, great salary paid, good holiday policy, nice persons and many opportunities for future work, and free time schedule

    Cons

    the city here is a little boring compared to big cities, and it is not convenient for people who do not have a car to live here

    Advice to Management

    more flexible meeting schedule, more completed insurance plan and more group activities.



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