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Updated July 19, 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. "Lots of opportunity, lots of red tape"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Services Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Administrative Services Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits- better if you are single or dual career- 1 employee plus family can get a little expensive, but still good.
    Lots of professional development opportunities, if you are in the right college/position, there are chances for promotion.
    If you can find a good mentor, there are chances for growth and promotion. Sometimes you have to move around a bit in order to find a department that will support you.
    As in any place, there are jerks, but also there are incredible people and teams here at the UI and you can find a solid network of professionals that will become your second family.

    Cons

    Still lots of overly 'traditional' thinkers that DO NOT like change and are terrified of technology. Those people are mostly in charge. Even in 2017, women are not treated well and mothers might as well just shove off, you will be dismissed and overlooked for promotion- same with people of color. Women in any office are treated as receptionists and secretaries, even if they are directors. Some offices have really stepped up and offered opportunities equally, others are still in the dark ages. Look around when you interview and see which one you are in.
    Also, this is a public university and you will have lots of red tape and oversight. Even though taxes and public support have dwindled to a small percentage of our funding, everything is controlled for whether or not a tax-payer would like it.

    Advice to Management

    Support parents and young people, you are not prepared for the retirement tsunami that is coming. Also, learn to embrace women, people of color, and parents. Right now, the university is having trouble keeping up with the times and those are underutilized groups that could offer a lot to the University if only the UI could broaden it's scope to support them. Some University level policies do, but people are not being held accountable at the college or department levels.


  2. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work culture and life balance.

    Cons

    No Cons. All pros. Sometimes work load increases which depends on your supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

  3. "Engineering support for maintenance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Satisfaction of supporting education and not only for profit. Generally stable employment. Minimal travel and regular hours.

    Cons

    Salary growth is minimal. Difficult for career advancement without long service or increase in qualification. Public employment influenced by politics.


  4. "scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    good work environment for virologist

    Cons

    parking can be a problem


  5. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Iowa part-time

    Pros

    Tuition support for graduate degree and renowned professors

    Cons

    Low paying and limited hours of work and no parking


  6. "GREAT place to work"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and willing to help you learn to ropes of the job.

    Cons

    Often weekend hours and during the summer long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on bettering the view of the center.


  7. "Really depends on the department you're in"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and working environment, most people are friendly, campus is pretty and the town has all the things you would need

    Cons

    Not much incentive for working hard as there is not much room for quick advancement. I think the expectation is that a person will be there for decades, gradually working their way up

  8. "UIOWA working here;"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Iowa full-time

    Pros

    Easy work load, retirement benefits

    Cons

    Cost to park to come to work

    Advice to Management

    Good job


  9. "Best employer I have worked for"

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Program Director in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment fosters use of knowledge and skills while allowing independence and creativity. As a staff level employee was treated with respect and valued for contributions. Great benefits!

    Cons

    The Iowa Board of Regents determine salary ranges which can limited an individual's negotiation opportunity when being hired. Typically receive a cost of living increase in annual basis.


  10. "forward thinking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Iowa full-time

    Pros

    love the employees, management effective and great place to work

    Cons

    salary was low, not great career advacement


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