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Reviews for The University of Chicago

Review factors

Feel-Good Factor

Company Culture
3.29
Support from management
3.29
Teamwork
3.57
Freedom to work independently
3.43
Internal Communication
3.29
Office / Work Environment
3.43
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
4.14
Challenging Work
3.29
Inclusive / Diverse
3.43

Career factor

Gender Equality
3.71
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
2.71
Overall compensation for your work
3.43
Company Image
3.43
Job Security
3.14
Handicapped Accessibility
3.86
Workplace Safety
4.00
Benefits

The following benefits are offered

Flex. working hours in 2 of 7 reviews Parking in 1 of 7 reviews Easy access to public transportation in 4 of 7 reviews Stock or equity options in 1 of 7 reviews 401(k) in 5 of 7 reviews No onsite daycare facility No reimbursed daycare Ability to work remotely in 1 of 7 reviews Desirable office location in 1 of 7 reviews Tuition assistance in 3 of 7 reviews Paid Parental Leave in 1 of 7 reviews 401(k) Match in 3 of 7 reviews Flexible spending account in 5 of 7 reviews Paid time off in 6 of 7 reviews Healthcare (including vision and dental) in 6 of 7 reviews No relocation allowance Life insurance in 3 of 7 reviews

The following perks are offered

On site cafeteria in 2 of 7 reviews No meal or transportation allowance Health and wellness programs in 4 of 7 reviews Employee discounts in 4 of 7 reviews No vehicle allowance Employee events in 2 of 7 reviews Pet friendly/Pets allowed in 1 of 7 reviews Fitness center on site in 2 of 7 reviews Free Snacks/Drinks in 1 of 7 reviews
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Company Culture

Generally good and comfortable workplace environment

Office / Work Environment

Not really a system in place for dealing with dust in the library, which can make breathing difficult and uncomfortable

Challenging Work

Some manual labor but generally easy tasks

Suggestions for improvement

  • I would include safe lifting practices in the pre-job training and have some basic gloves available for particularly heavy loads, such as those handled by people doing shifting. I would also provide masks for shifters in dusty areas of the library, and would allow employees access to the break room which has a microwave for lunches etc.

What I like about the company

The culture has greatly improved this past year, and is much more friendly and relaxed now that one rude supervisor has been removed. Student staff are generally respected and trusted to work independently, and we have some choice in what we do on a particular shift, which allows more variety.

What I dislike about the company

More training on safe lifting practices would be useful, considering many students haven't done much lifting before working at the library, and the job really cannot be completed without lifting decently heavy loads. Also, having more dust removal in the library would make it easier to breathe in certain areas, though that has improved somewhat.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered
  • Company
    The University of Chicago
  • City
    Chicago
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered
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Company Culture

For a lont=g time there wasn't much diversity in my department but that has slightly improved recently.

Support from management

I don't have many complaints in this area.

Teamwork

I think there is room for improvement in this area because things can be so chaotic at times that it can cause issues between co-workers.

Freedom to work independently

This is dependent on your position. There is independence for some but there is a bit of micro managing for others.

Internal Communication

We receive e-mails on a regular basis keeping us abreast of pertinent information so I think the communication is fair.

Gender Equality

From my point of view, women are treated in the same manner as men within the company.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I am in this age range and feel things are fair in this area.

Career Development

I really haven't seen room for growth in my position in several years.

Overall compensation for your work

I definitely have issues with my pay. The raises I receive yearly don't help much with the constant increase of the cost of living.

Office / Work Environment

Things are ok in this area but could be improved upon. I've had issues with the temperature of the office I work in for years and would really like to be in a more spacious environment.

Environmental Friendliness

Recycling bins are plentiful in the workplace.

Work-Life Balance

Overtime or work on weekends is never required so there is a very good Work-life balance

Company Image

Proud would be a bit of a stretch. I am content for the most part but would work elsewhere without hesitation if I had the opportunity.

Job Security

Because of how sufficient I do my work and, because the pay isn't great, there isn't much of a reason for me to be replaced.

Handicapped Accessibility

There are sufficient facilities for the handicap but some of the push pads take multiple presses to open doors.

Workplace Safety

I have no complaints about safety in the workplace.

Challenging Work

The work is challenging depending on the number of people I come into contact with on a given day.

Inclusive / Diverse

Diversity can be improved upon but it is taking a turn for the better.

Suggestions for improvement

  • I think my company is more than fair in terms of hiring women but I don't think they are as fair when it comes to hiring African Americans. And when they do, in some cases, they are placed in positions with not much room for advancement. This is my biggest criticism and the thing I would like to see improvement on the most.

What I like about the company

The positive personal experiences working for this company would be making several friends throughout the years. The ability to ride shuttle buses on the campus for free because it's such a large campus. Feeling secure in my position is a definite positive.

What I dislike about the company

I would like to see more employees having their own offices and not having to share work spaces with others. This makes for a more pleasant day and people can get their work done more comfortably. I would like to see more diversity, especially, the hiring of more African Americans. The lack of African American employees in my department has stood out for a long time. I would like to see tenured employees receive more opportunities for raises and better positions.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    The University of Chicago
  • City
    Chicago
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered

Company Culture

The university mainly cares about the faculty members. Students and staff aren't treated equally.

Teamwork

We don't always get along and sometimes a manager can show favoritism.

Freedom to work independently

My manager does not micromanage me.

Internal Communication

We usually receive emails about anything that's going on.

Gender Equality

There's an equal amount of women in my department.

Career Development

I would have to move on to a different department to move up.

Overall compensation for your work

I could get paid more

Work-Life Balance

I'm able to work from home sometimes and take care of my family.

Company Image

My job carries a well known name.

Handicapped Accessibility

They're working on adding more handicap accessible doors.

Inclusive / Diverse

Minorities are still the least amount of people there

Suggestions for improvement

  • There are a few old buildings that need improvement.

What I like about the company

I enjoy the campus and meeting people from many different backgrounds.

What I dislike about the company

I think that they need to improve their work from home policy. A lot of departments make their own rules which can be confusing. There needs to be some universal rules for some things.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    The University of Chicago
  • City
    Chicago
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Pet friendly/Pets allowed is offered Fitness center on site is offered

Company Culture

Stayed positive even though many didn't like job

Freedom to work independently

Listened to phone calls

Internal Communication

Had morning meetings

Gender Equality

Female and male supervisors and staff

Attitude towards older colleagues

Various ages worked there

Career Development

If you go to Chicago campus

Office / Work Environment

Had to bring small space heater because it was so cold

Work-Life Balance

Could get time off fairly easily

Company Image

No longer employed there

Job Security

Always need schedulers, but job not for me

Challenging Work

Easy work, patients could be difficult

Suggestions for improvement

  • Have better communication between scheduling staff and staff at Chicago facility. There were a lot of processes that were not the same which caused for confusion amongst staff and patients.

What I like about the company

It's a great hospital to work for, the scheduling center was newer so everyone was learning together. There was great teamwork for coworkers and managers.

What I dislike about the company

I'm sure things have changed since I left, however take into account the employees ideas and recommendations before making changes in how things are done.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    The university of chicago
  • City
    Burr Ridge
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered
  • 20.Sep 2017
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Manager training.

What I like about the company

Location, the employees, environment.

What I dislike about the company

Some, not all, managers could be difficult.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Desirable office location is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    The University of Chicago
  • City
    Chicago
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2014
  • Position
    C-Suite / Leadership
  • Department
    Research/development

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered
  • 09.Feb 2017
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • I would like it if they gave merit-based raises.

What I like about the company

Everyone is really great at what they do.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    The University of Chicago
  • City
    Chicago
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
  • 14.Jan 2017
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Train your managment to respect those below them. Also train your senior leaders on how to better communicate with staff.

What I like about the company

I get to work on alot of very diffrent projects across diffrent feilds.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    The University of Chicago
  • City
    Chicago
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee