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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated February 6, 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. "Great place for "disabled and passengers with children""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "wonderful place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I work with a wonderful team, I have my won office and very independent, benefits, pay,

    Cons

    get paid monthly, parking


  3. "Instructor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


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  5. "Not the greatest for students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "It was OK for during college."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Student Library Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Student Library Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very calm environment. No stress during work. Never had chaos. Very polite people who come to library.

    Cons

    Sometimes, absolutely boring. Sometimes nothings to think to make things exciting. It was OK for some days but very boring and trying to kill time.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  8. "Great On-Campus Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident Hall Desk Associate in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Resident Hall Desk Associate in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multicultural, Slow-paced except Move-in and Move-out periods, Chance to meet many people, Great Staff, Flexible hours, can study

    Cons

    Repetitive Work, Competing for hours with other staff members, Over night/long shifts can happen,


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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!


  10. "Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  11. "Typical large research institution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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