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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
338 Reviews
3.9
338 Reviews
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Robert J. Zimmer
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Pros
  • The University offers good benefits and a great work atmosphere (in 26 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Grad Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Definitely a great place to learn, really enjoyed working with the administrative staff and great research facilities.

    Cons

    Employment office help was lacking. Very little direction in terms of what to do for a new job once we graduated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more help to students looking to pursue alternative careers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great experience as a Research Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Specialist II in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Research Specialist II in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Friendly coworkers. Overall, good work environment.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Recommends
  3.  

    UCHOICAH

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    its good wonderfu awsum mind blowing

    Cons

    Balance prmotions politics nothing getting setting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NO more advices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Smart place with a big objective

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great community and integration with academic leaders. Intellectually stimulating environment and mission. Large organization and stable. Ambitious leadership and overall strategy. Lots of opportunity if you're willing to take it. Education benefit for family and yourself is often utilized.

    Cons

    Extremely siloed between various elements of the University. Low pay relative to other options in same space. Large variance between different departments and career paths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Diverse Community, Full Workload.....Little room for growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Diversity! No two employees are the same....the opportunities to work with people of all backgrounds is a valuable professional experience I enjoyed.

    Constant Workload- Never boring.

    Sense of community - working for a University was fresh and innovative in some areas

    Cons

    Compensation! I was never paid my worth and ultimately decided to leave due to that reason.

    Political- some senior leaders in some units take their job a little serious and act almost snobby. Its not a corporate world so some of the stringent decision making standards and stiff communication need to be relaxed.

    No room for growth-not many options for growth in individual units except for administrative roles, and transferring between units is very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay diverse and innovative....focus more on people and interpersonal relationships

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Boss in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Boss in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great leadership good people smart people

    Cons

    not good in terms of where all the money is going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Post Doc at UChicago

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Room for creativity, adequate PI funding, positive encouragement and support for NIH F32 award applications.

    Cons

    Reimbursement structure and HR paperwork is a complete mess. International Post Doc candidates, beware to complete your visa obligations well ahead of time- the international office on campus that deals with your paperwork is known to be very incompetent. Overall Cons- support, clerical, and base-level admin staff is underpaid for the job obligations required of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay level for all of your employees, not just the University Administrators and a few select faculty members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Location, Co-workers, Cafeteria, Parking, Nothing else

    Cons

    Everything else from the Salary on up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like you would expect to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Heavily segmented and decentralized fun

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

    I worked at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    No matter where you work, you will work with bright minds, strong resources tackling issues for the university. Beautiful campus, rich history and name recognition

    Cons

    leadership and power are segmented amongst departments pretty strongly here. which inevitably leads to weird exceptions to organization-wide rules. Oftentimes interactions with middle management in various departments left me wondering if there is enough psychological therapy offered to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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