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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
386 Reviews
3.9
386 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits and reasonable work-life balance, if you want it (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance in my role, even though they emphasize it because it's non-profit (in 6 reviews)

  • Not enough room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, fun office, very organized and efficient, high energy, fast-paced

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Interviewer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Interviewer in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Developed as a public speaker, networked, developed administrative skills, great office atmosphere

    Cons

    Very busy at times, almost overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very good experience for 20 years at a leading academic institution.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top-level University with a strong and diverse campus of students, faculty and administrators.

    Cons

    University struggles to stay engaged with surrounding community and neighborhoods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain loyal employees in good standing with a proven track record of quality performance across multiple jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to do research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    flexible hours
    friendly environment
    work with very talented people
    very competitive
    many thing to learn

    Cons

    too cold
    not very good location in the city

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for alumni

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Lower up front salary than comparable positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    I work in a great office. Very little office bureaucracy and supportive management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Very flexible and accommodating. Positive working environment. Not opposed to change or new ideas.

    Cons

    Kind of low salary compared other industries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Very hierarchical but great support structure, good management, high expectations, fast-paced environment, often working evenings and weekends, ample paid time off, many opportunities for personal growth

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, you will likely have several people to report to, lots of red tape to go through when trying to make changes, a lot of institutional bias and adversity to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great university

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

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This is a good place for collaborations, access to many facilities for research, and some help with professional development. The benefits are decent enough.

    Cons

    There is a big pressure not to take vacation days or sick days even if they are designated for use. The publish or die culture is still there but depending on the department or lab, the pressure will vary. There are a few stereotypes associated with the university that may make it difficult to approach certain positions at smaller universities or colleges. The tendency of having stress related issues seem high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the use or vacation and stress management to employees, not just the students. Work like balance is critical for productive people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Enjoyed the work experience in the University of Chicago

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    Former Employee - Technician in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Technician in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A Good work and life balance environment.

    Cons

    In the biology area, employee's payment is lower than other area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize some people who works hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Research Professional review

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    Current Employee - Research Professional Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Research Professional Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Great research environment, positive lab, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer postdocs/ research professional ways to move up the salary ladder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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