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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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  • Low pay (it's graduate school, of course) (in 15 reviews)

  • There are no cons that come to mind (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Student IT Worker"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Overall good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    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

  3. "Part Time Student Employee"

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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

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

    Pros

    99% of the employers are more than willing to work around class schedule and help you with your future career

    Cons

    Pay is a little less than other positions outside the university, but the convenience factor makes it worth it.


  4. "You give some, you get some"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome. It's different from dept to dept, but I can come and go as I please.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement if you don't have an advanced degree. A lot of really incompetent people in very important positions.


  5. "Former IT Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great flexibility in hours available for you to work
    - Cater especially towards students and their schedules
    - Great, friendly, and engaging work environment

    Cons

    - Part time hours
    - Not as much pay as some other places.


  6. "Happy TA"

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    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.


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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