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Updated September 24, 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. "Pomerantz, a great place to intern!"

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    Current Employee - Career Advisor in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Career Advisor in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working at The University of Iowa's Pomerantz Career Center will enable you to not only help other students acheive their career goals, but it will also help you in your journey towards career success, now and in the future. The faculty staff at Pomerantz Career Center are very personable, approachable and genuinely helpful. You go into work everyday knowing that you are a valued part of the work community. The overall envirnoment is very laid back and you do not feel that you are unable to express yourself or your concerns in regards to your positon and/or personal life. Overall this is a great office to work at!

    Cons

    The only downsides of this internship would be the inablity to go on full-time after the internship is complete. The general idea is that the internship stands alone and is its own entity that will help you in your future career endeavors, however, it will not make a possible opportunity to work at the Pomerantz Career Center full time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "I had good experience with UI."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professors and students are very nice and smart. The housing price is very low compared to a lot of other places.

    Cons

    Most of time you got to be in the home or in the office. Otherwise, there are no too many other thing you can do.

    Advice to Management

    In the recent economic downturn, it is tough for everybody in the university but the management can do better to protect their greatest assets-professors, researchers and students.

  3. "Engineering Grad Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great research environment with access to many knowledgeable professors and industry representatives. Be sure to find the right supervisor who has been around awhile

    Cons

    The classes are relatively easier but focus on the mechanical engineering dept, they are the best and most useful. Some BME classes are good but most are a waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    The pay is pretty horrible for both grad students and young faculty, especially when you compare to other big ten schools.


  4. "Very flexible hours"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Operater in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Transportation Operater in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very flexible management with good starting pay. The sense of community involvement is extremely high. Surrounded by supportive peers and management. True appreciation of your work by community.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than at other employers but this must be balanced with very reasonable cost of living. Some jobs can be very dependent on office politics, and some of the resources are being wastefully used.

    Advice to Management

    Trim some of the fat


  5. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative work opportunities, Excellent compensation, I have had the best time working here with a talented group of people and work environment that allows to follow your own ideas

    Cons

    Iowa city is very gloomy and lonely city with not much of fun activities, becomes harder in winter season especially

    Advice to Management

    You give us the best resources at work and we are very thankful for that. I really enjoy working here


  6. "graduate student research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Iowa part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    easy to cooperate between labs. Well-funding. Great research resources between basic and translational studies. well-supported research materials in the campus. comparably cheap live expenses. Friendly working environment.

    Cons

    located in small town; less diverse culture; less competing working environment; comparably hard to find a local job in research fields.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional work culture, and great benefits as a Graduate Assistant. My bosses were not overbearing, and were very understanding in case of personal difficulties. The tuition reduction is good, and health insurance is very subsidized, as well as dental insurance. I gained good teaching experience which will be useful to me in the future.

    Cons

    None that can be thought of.

    Advice to Management

    Have more engineering department wide events to increase the sense of belonging.

  8. "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are nice and friendly. You can get good life-work balance here.

    Cons

    I hardly find any downside working here. Maybe sometimes the working place was crowded because there are too many students.


  9. "Great position at a great school"

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Put resident assistants through intense training to prepare them for the year. Hire diverse employees. Weekly one-on-one and group meetings with staff. Continue training throughout the year. First year students are fun to work with. Learn how to become an effective leader.

    Cons

    Constantly working (24/7). Even if you are not on duty, residents can always knock on your door. Training starts early so it is hard to have a job in the summer. Many difficult situations to handle in the residence halls. Limited nights to sleep out of the dorms.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage Resident Assistants to take some time to themselves outside of the dorms and realize how demanding the job can be on a full-time student.


  10. "Great People, Great Benefits"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package, competitive pay, pleasant work environment. I think the University of Iowa is an excellent employer that tries to keep the interests of the patients and employees in mind. Many different shifts to choose from, and longevity is rewarded.

    Cons

    There are lots of work politics, many shifts require weekends and / or holidays.


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