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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated September 23, 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. "Happy TA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teaching how to teach, great!

    Cons

    Too few classes to teach.

    Advice to Management

    Increase budget in Department of Theatre Arts. Increase enrollment.


  2. "Expensive City, Low RA/TA Salaries"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coverage of insurance provided by the university is not bad
    University has its own hospital (actually half of the university is hospital)

    Cons

    You have to pay around $160 as a student if you are not employed for the insurance
    If you want to make your spouse insured, it becomes $760 in total for both of you (for non employement)
    Even if you are employed by the university (TA or RA), you still have to pay around $250 to include your spouse in insurance
    What you'd get after tax (excluding insurance) would be around $1500, and you still have to pay for the rent which is around $750
    (This applies to some departments such as Computer Science which can't make money unfortunately. Some rich departments may pay more)

    Advice to Management

    International graduate students should't be seen as 'cheap work source'. You cannot do R&D or research by paying low to your employers and expecting them to work hard

  3. "Lab manager"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good CORE facilities for research

    Cons

    Benefits, management and poor salaries

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "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.


  5. "Graduate Life"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    They pay you to go to school and do research

    Cons

    They expect a lot, sometimes too much from a graduate student

    Advice to Management

    Need to have realistic expectations for students and provide more benefits to hard working students.


  6. "scary place to work - IIHR - pretend that you know and like your boss and move ahead"

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

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

    Pros

    Some reputation in Iowa. Some grads and under grads have a lot of potential but may face a few opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    - Fake people.
    - Lack of critical thinking
    - A lot of upper level Professors and main researchers do not master all the concepts necessary to take advantage of workers with talent, well and spot research projects.
    - The way to advance is just follow orders from people with little to no knowledge is really questionable.
    - People from Iowa area gets preference over others. Even if they do not show a high level of competence. They cover their tracks so well that only been inside you can spot the real deal.
    - Take advantage of cheap labor from talented graduate and undergrad students to make proposal cheap. So main PI's gets a lot of money and can pretend to know while the others just pass by, so they can hire a new batch of talented people.

    Advice to Management

    When you perform reviews they should be really impartial. Example: pick people to review you, objectively, that is not your best friends. Since, they only see wonderful thinks and does not spot potential problems.


  7. "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

  8. "Failure Must Be Punished"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, beautiful campus, plenty of sports and arts

    Cons

    Inconsistent funding, always threats of cuts

    Advice to Management

    Accountability does not mean fire anyone that fails. Businesses know failure is always possible, as you cannot predict the future. Too many are meek for fear of punishment.


  9. "Assistant Research Scientist"

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

    The U of Iowa has excellent benefits and a livable salary

    Cons

    I don't have many cons that I would seriously consider important


  10. "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


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