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University of Chicago Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
273 Reviews
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273 Reviews
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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.  

    It was an ok experience nothing good or bad.

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

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Alot of room for growth if you hit your goals

    Cons

    leadership could be better if they listened more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more

  2.  

    Best time of my life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    People are super smart and open minded.

    Cons

    Salary was low. But it was an academic environment, so it was understandable. On the flip side, the university offered a lot of side benefits (gym, library, health, etc.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Diversity of roles and people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    It's a well revered institution in the country and has great pride associated with working here. There are lots of opportunities within the larger campus community for those who would like to switch departments/schools. There's decent work life balance depending on the office you work for (more stressful if working in admissions for example when deadlines have to be met). The school in itself offers great events/programs that staff can attend to learn more about the community and world issues.

    Cons

    It's very competitive to get into and it helps if you network well current employees to get a leg up in the hiring process. It's also very hierarchical, and very top down way of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offering more professional development opportunities to staff would help them maintain a pulse on new applications, technology and other ways to use new resources for the work we provide students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great People, very professional, easy to communicate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Compensation
    Ability to move up
    Leadership possibilities
    Multicultural
    Wonderful people
    Safe work environment
    Once hired nice job security
    Considered non profit for student loan repayment

    Cons

    Location safe, but technically south side
    In order to move up you really have to stand out, but very possible if you're hard working
    Easy to conform, so many do and then complain about not moving up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some departments need better management and organization.
    Others are great as they are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great atmosphere, company doing great work you can be passionate about

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    The Crime Lab works on interesting projects and everyone who I've interacted with is very professional and efficient. People are dedicated to the research projects they work on. I worked mostly independently in high schools across the city and the Crime Lab paid for my transportation. The work they do is fascinating, and the people are all friendly and public service minded.

    Cons

    This is a great company to work for and I can't think of any cons. I worked here during college and they were very flexible with working around my schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No changes needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Program Manager for a $$ research program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    - flexible working hours
    - work with some of the smartest economists in the world
    - work on cutting edge policy issues
    - entrepreneurial role

    Cons

    - university is not an exciting workplace
    - work pace is unpredictable
    - unstructured growth path and learning environment
    - not enough $ paid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - recognize talent and understand how best to use it
    - ensure employees workplates are full of challenging, meaninful assignments
    - ensure a social component to the job
    - pay more :)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall positive experience - very high expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Top caliber staff
    Good work environment
    Flexible hours, but high expectations
    Pension plan

    Cons

    No annual bonus or perks (whatever base salary you agree too is what you will get).
    Pension plan only gets vested after 3 years

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working as an RCA is an easy, laid-back job suitable for a college student.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residential Computing Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Residential Computing Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    As an RCA you're given exposure to both faculty and other students and are given an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to their college experience by enhancing their technical accessibility.

    Cons

    Training is a bit lacking and much of the work can be repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the great work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great job for a student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    As a part-time student worker, I had great flexibility of hours and opportunities to take on projects of my choosing. They're very willing to give you time for personal reasons and for classes, while also letting you pursue things you want to work on.

    Cons

    No real cons for a student worker -- the work-life balance was good, as was compensation at $12 per hour. However, there's no real way to move up or join after graduation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It's a fine place to work as IT staff, but difficult to improve and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Good benefits for staff and academics
    Relaxed environment as a non-profit organization
    Great place to work until retirement
    A lot of opportunities for young people to start somewhere

    Cons

    Certainly not the best place for IT career development
    Not much room for promotions
    Salaries are below the average for the IT industry
    No bonuses or other monetary incentives as this is a non-profit organization
    Very difficult to fine good talented people to place on the team and keep them long enough
    It's frustrating to work with HR and the university bureaucracy in general

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear direction for business development
    Ease up on HR requirements for hiring IT talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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