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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated December 12, 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. "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


  2. "Accounting Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Graduate Life"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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.


  5. "great place to settle"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coach in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Coach in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be surrounded with a community of intelligent Phds, some doing very interesting work in their respective fields, a super fan sport scene, and a safe and easy town to live in. Great benefits and healthcare!

    Cons

    People stay forever, and the culture of complacency and being average is the norm in most parts of the University. Students are about the same.


  6. "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.


  7. "Great place to be a grad student, if you have the right advisor"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salaries in STEM fields are competitive and the tuition fee is waived for full time TAs and RAs. Many benefits are good, for example UIGradCare is a great healthcare plan, but it may be phased out soon after recent Iowa collective bargaining legislation. The interview process (after being accepted to the program) to choose a faculty research advisor takes into consideration both the student and faculty members decisions. If you are placed with a good advisor, your time will go very smoothly, since you have to collaborate on research projects, technical presentations, and publications. Luckily I fell into that category and had a very positive experience.

    Cons

    Affordable housing in Iowa City is becoming increasingly difficult to come by. The atmosphere on campus is changing to seem more profit-driven with graduate students and faculty members teaching more students (increased work loads) without salary/benefits increases. UI Department heads have a lot of power and sometimes use it to the disadvantage of other faculty members and students (appointing TAs, choosing RAs, some financial decisions). If you're placed with a bad advisor, prepare to fight to get your publications read/reviewed, schedule meetings, get funding for technical presentations, solve problems arising between graduate students (who will be first author on a paper, for example), etc.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a better way to overcome difficulties between students and their research advisors if the advisor refuses to help. If the department head is also a problem, there needs to be better ways for students to seek help outside the department, and these need to be communicated to newly admitted students. There needs to be more assistance for faculty teaching large classes (more TAs to help with grading, for example), and a cap on how many students are assigned for each professor/TA.

  8. "Assistant Research Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Great Professors to work with

    Cons

    Weather. Sometimes gets too cold


  10. "Academic Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Flexible number of hours, relaxed environment and friendly staff

    Cons

    Some students are forced to go to tutoring and do not want to be there, low pay


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