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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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  • Low pay (it's graduate school, of course) (in 15 reviews)

  • Sometimes work load increases which depends on your supervisor (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Technology Poor Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing access to analytical equipment

    Cons

    Unprofessional staff. Poor pay. Ridiculous hours.

    Advice to Management

    Personal issues should not be taken out on employes.


  2. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Health Educator in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Health Educator in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked there for 7 years. People there are nice and great to work with

    Cons

    Salary is lower than average

  3. "Brief review of the University of Iowa"

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    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.


  4. "Best place to work"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, understanding staff, good benefits

    Cons

    I like it overall. So no cons.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Intern - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Intern - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits for student workers (graduate research assistant) at the college of public health including healthcare that had a huge provider network

    Cons

    None - note that individual experience may be highly dependent on the professor/department you work for

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your student employees


  9. "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.


  10. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture and life balance.

    Cons

    No Cons. All pros. Sometimes work load increases which depends on your supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


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