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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 26 September 2014
Updated 26 September 2014
322 Reviews
3.8
322 Reviews
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Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 25 reviews)

  • Good benefits and reasonable work-life balance, if you want it (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is allergic to responsibility, yet repressive of initiative (in 6 reviews)

  • There is little room for career growth and the salary is mediocre (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Research assistant at a lab in the biological sciences division

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. Useful experience in research and research practices. Lots of hands on work. Good mix of wet lab experience and data analysis.

    Cons

    Low pay and little office culture. Not too much to complain about in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    So far it is going very well. Beautiful campus, great department.

    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get a lot of guidance from advisors and other students. As a grad student you get a nice work area and plenty of guidance and structure. I am just starting but already have an idea of the big picture

    Cons

    Weather is a bit taxing. Also it is not in the nicest of neighborhoods. It would also be nice if there were more textbooks available for common use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have professors in charge that are more directly connected with curriculum so they can provide more details.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent environment

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great university, excellent academic experience, the university is prestigious and well connected to the market, especially with the financial industry.

    Cons

    Very competitive, not great social life or neighborhood location (however downtown Chicago is only 10' drive).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great University

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Lovely campus, very nice offices

    Cons

    Tendency to let go of older women employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Tutor

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    Current Employee - Math Tutor  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Open working environment with helpful leadership, and much space for flexibility for student workers; Management easy to talk to and caring. Fair and just policy for international student workers, and not too tedious administrative constraints.

    Cons

    Compensation are generally not as good but on par with average student employments, while the school is always in need of student workers and various kinds opportunities are available year-around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    University of Chicago student job

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was paid, which was good.

    Cons

    Balancing with course load was tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to learn from top-notch researchers

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very friendly faculty and staff, great opportunity to learn numerous techniques, great opportunity to meet many new people and work with many different teams, benefits are good

    Cons

    pay could be better, extremely faced paced, often feels like there is minimal room for error, disagreements between faculty members can feel a bit stifling sometimes, growth or improvement is not only based on personal performance but often feels based on external circumstances that cannot be controlled

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Postdoctoral scholar at Uchicago

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great environment for interacting with really smart people, fantastic postdocs, grad students and faculty.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for personal growth in terms of finding collaborations across environments and department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Better than most universities for adjuncting but still poor

    Former Employee - Lecturer In the Humanities Core  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Lecturer In the Humanities Core in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pays much better than other universities for adjunct faculty positions, got an office, got reimbursed quickly for expenses, desk copies of textbooks reimbursed

    Cons

    When the president makes over $3 million a year, they can certainly compensate adjunct faculty better, library privileges were better when I was a grad student there, so that was a problem. obviously no benefits as an adjunct

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay all your teachers fairly, not just the upper level ones and provide benefits

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    Senior Associate Director

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Director  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Director in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The University of Chicago is a great place to work if you are connected to the University. The University offers great benefits and training programs.

    Cons

    Depending on what department or division that you work for, there is not always enough room for career advancement. Annual salary increases are not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for career growth if you want to retain top employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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