University of Chicago Employee Reviews about "low pay"

Updated 28 Dec 2020

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  1. "Research"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Great research environment and supportive environment

    Cons

    Low pay in academic field

  2. "OK"

    4.0
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at University of Chicago

    Pros

    Good people are easily found

    Cons

    Low pay is common at all levels


  3. COVID-19

    "Great Benefits but High Work Ethic/Expectations"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Specialist II 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits Provided Covid-19 leave/sick days Voluntary Covid testing for employees

    Cons

    High expectations Lots of overtime work Low pay and hard to move up into higher roles

  4. "Low pay."

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Educator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Chicago for more than a year

    Pros

    Rich in history and prestige.

    Cons

    Low pay to K-12 teachers.

  5. "Collaborative Environment to do Research"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Strong training environment, plentiful resources, collaborative research

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay (as expected in graduate school)

  6. "Secure"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    High level of job security

    Cons

    Low pay given the training level

  7. COVID-19

    "If you valued your RAs liked you claimed to, treat them like you do."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Being an RA itself can be extraordinarily rewarding for the residents, the Resident Heads, and the bonds to be formed with other RAs.

    Cons

    Resident Assistants are told that they are the cream of the crop and essential to the UChicago experience, but definitely are not treated as such. The Assistant Directors that run HRL make it seem like they value the input of RAs but it is very clear that they do not, they hand down rules that are harmful to RAs and the house communities that they serve without any input and are surprised when they are objections. In addition, the vetting process for becoming an RA does not prevent any Title IX offenders from becoming RAs which is extraordinarily dangerous considering how much influence an RA has in their housing community— I know of at least one offender who almost become an RA but dropped out of the process of his own will, probably because other people knew he was an offender as well. RAs are also underpaid for the work they do, and the low pay combined with the hours and responsibilities creates a barrier to entry that the upper management is terribly offended by whenever it is brought up. This all was bad enough, but the treatment of RAs during the coronavirus pandemic has just been flat out terrible— they initially took away their salaries and only restored them after public outcry in the form of petitions and letters. Now the 2020 fall policy for new RAs to be stationed inside dorms with the implied expectation that they enforce social distancing puts the in physical danger, and shows that HRL does not actually care about the well-being about RAs (who are also just students!). They also are having RAs responsible for moving furniture for on-campus residents that is ship beforehand, which should be left to trained movers.

  8. "Good"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New Delhi

    I worked at University of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Stimulating, Enriching, Flexible, Thoughtful, Good

    Cons

    Time Management, Low pay, Low dignity, Hierarchy, Disciplinary boundaries

  9. "Network Architect"

    4.0
    Current Employee - IT Service Dev 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours with IT, remote work, ability to pursue interests.

    Cons

    A bit disorganized in management, low pay depending on position

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  10. "Good place to start out"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people good environment fun city

    Cons

    low pay weather not a lot of room to move up

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