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University of Iowa Iowa City Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  • Low-pay with limited hours for poor students (in 12 reviews)

  • There is not much life-work balance for graduate students (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Quality Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Knew expectations upfront. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    None, the University of was a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving and looking for ways to eliminate turnover.


  2. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay for straight out of college. Good environment.

    Cons

    Many research assistant positions are temporary and do not have many benefits or are guaranteed to exist after grant funding


  3. "Chemistry Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time

    Pros

    Generally speaking most people of U of Iowa, especially the Chemistry Department are very welcoming and willing to help students.

    Cons

    The incoming freshman population keeps getting bigger and the chemistry department is limited in space making it more difficult over time to properly accommodate with all of the lecture and lab courses.


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  5. "Facility Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Facility Supervisor in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Facility Supervisor in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management, flexible schedule, friendly staff

    Cons

    There can be a lot of downtime, which you can turn into a pro


  6. "Decent pay and treatment of TA"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Graduate student/TA's are unionized. Semester fees were around $450. Tuition was 100% waved. TAship required you to work 20 hours a week. Great medical insurance for single individuals. Some married TA's complained that those benefits didn't easily extend to their families.

    Cons

    I heard horror stories of TAs working for professors who treated them poorly and overworked them. That was not my experience.


  7. "RVAP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at University of Iowa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced staff members who really care about the work and really know what they are doing. Staff members are loyal to the center and continue to work there for years on end.

    Cons

    Poor management with an ever changing agency. A brand new executive director who needed to receive more training has had a difficult transition.

    Advice to Management

    The management should get more training before they start telling staff what they should or shouldn't do. The agency began to change and management needed to change with it.


  8. "Electronic Technician"

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    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have above average benefit package.

    Cons

    Awful lot of long term union and non-union employees have been laid off to hire new non-union workers at bottom level salaries and worse benefits. Much turnover in general.

    Advice to Management

    Do to others as you would have them do to you.


  9. "Marketing + Design"

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    Former Employee - Marketer in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Marketer in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling for Students
    Real-world Professional Development
    Friendly Work Environment
    Access to Professional Tools and Software
    Networking Opportunities

    Cons

    Some filing and information systems were antiquated
    Little training was given to new employees

    Advice to Management

    Implement new training systems that take course over a longer period of time to help incoming staff transition more easily into their new role and provide more management oversight and performance reviews at the beginning of one's employment.


  10. "Researcher"

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent people and high pace research in physics department. Most of the electronic and optical devices are new and competitive in the current market.

    Cons

    It is in Iowa City and the IATL building next to the Iowa river. So there are some chance that the river can flood. However, in last couple years they have been working on this particular issue which is more promising than the previous setup of avoiding such natural effects.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a good work listening the student unions and keeping the tract of the student activities. The main thing I notice is the parking in downtown and near IMU. I would recommend to expand the parking spaces.


  11. "Experience depends on department, mountains of bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health care and dental benefits, organized graduate student union (COGS)

    Cons

    Treated like a student or employee whenever it's most convenient for the administration. Nickel and dimed out of student fees, particularly in regards to graduation and dissertation submission. The 20 hour per week labor contract is routinely broken, as graduate research blurs with student credits. Vague or nonexistent itemization of fees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat graduate employees as employees, rather than students when it's convenient. Itemize and justify fees, or eliminate them entirely.


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