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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 18 September, 2014
Updated 18 September, 2014
318 Reviews
3.8
318 Reviews
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Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 24 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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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    decent grad school experience

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Courses are quite flexible, good academia atmosphere, great mentors available when choosing a lab to work in, decent studying environment (library, study room etc)

    Cons

    The neighborhood is kind of sketchy, and not a whole lot of entertainment.
    But the situation is improving, with the opening of new restaurants, fitness/shopping center, movie theater etc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Positive experience at the Department of Psychology Laboratory

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Though the flexibility you are given completely depends on the size of the lab and the personality of the PI, generally I found the environment to be incredibly encouraging of personal development. The professors inspire respect from the research assistants. Everyone is held to a high standard for hard work, intelligence, and academic rigor. The social environment is congenial and family-like. We celebrated everyone's accomplishments, big or small. I was allowed to attend HR workshops to enhance my skills.

    Cons

    The general mood at UChicago is somber and highly scholarly. It is not a place that is encouraging of frivolous, non-academic pursuits. While it is a great place to work for anyone who wants research experience, or an insider view into professorial or doctoral student life, I don't think it would be a very relevant or "useful" place to work for those not interested in entering some serious academically oriented research. The hierarchy within the labs are also quite rigid, as years of experience, and educational level pre-determine your level of position within the laboratory. You would have to be seriously proactive and have great insights in order to be allowed to pursue your own project. The opportunity is open to do so, but you really would have to be quite persistent and be able to navigate funding issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
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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
  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

  11.  

    Teaching Assistance-ship

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

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

    Pros

    Working here has been an absolute joy and I could not have been happier with my choice to pursue this undertaking at an institution that prides itself on being a haven for life of the mind.

    Cons

    Despite what some may say, the self deprecating attitudes of the general undergraduate student population is not representative of the true culture that would thrive in this type of community. People are genuine, work hard, and strive to find meaning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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