Medical College of Wisconsin

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Medical College of Wisconsin Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
76 Reviews

3.6
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Medical College of Wisconsin President & CEO John R. Raymond
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, good people in most areas of the org, good leaders and good technology (in 8 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and Training,very nice people, great website (internal) (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • A significant portion of many scientists' time is spent securing and maintaining NIH funding (in 3 reviews)

  • no room for further development (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Less than impressed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    Flexibility (some), good benefits, I honestly have been very disapointed since I started here.

    Cons

    Depending on the department you work in, you could have entirely different experiences. Every department is it's own silo with its own managment. My department in particular is extremely dysfunctional and HR refuses to step in and fix anything unless it is a legal issue. Turnover doesn't seem to bother anyone. Basic HR policies aren't followed yet when I brought this up with HR they didn't care. There is no leadership in my department and employees seem to do whatever they want with no repercussions. Very difficult to move up the career laddar or into another department. Will be looking to move on ASAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold management accountable. Take the staff survey seriously when there are complaints. If a department isn't functioning as it should, MCW should take action. When an employee voices major concerns, listen. Unless you are a part of management, there is no staff voice. Stop hiring high level positions without performing thorough evaluations/interviews. The department I work in has zero management which should be evaluated. Many wasted resources that should be questioned/evaluated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Postdoctoral experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    High quality biomedical research. Numerous core facilities for shared resources. Opportunities for collaborations with other labs and departments exist.

    Cons

    Department of Medicine is too large, and as a consequence is poorly managed and lacks any sense of cohesion or camaraderie. Choose a different department if possible. With a nonexistent institutional culture, experience will depend entirely on lab chosen and department. Choose carefully. Also, taking time for growth opportunities outside of the lab (e.g. teaching, etc.) is strongly discouraged by the institution, even if done on your own time (evenings, weekends). If interested in developing non-bench skills, find a PI who encourages and values such endeavors, or be prepared to keep these activities hidden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MCW needs to establish and nurture an institutional culture that promotes engagement of their employees rather than one that is only interested in data output.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    HORRIBLE! All depends on your direct manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator II  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator II in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    MCW has a few good qualities such as their benefits package, if you work in administration you are 'supposed' to have a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The compensation they offer employees is horrible. It also all depends on who your direct manager is. If you are offered a job in Emergency Medicine Research TURN IT DOWN! You will be worked like a slave, you will not be granted the days off you requested - worse, you will be told you can take vacation and then at the last minute told that you cannot. It is a very 'cliquey' environment. My program manager was also very controlling and verbally abusive. If he found out that you talked to his boss, instead of him, he would corner you in his office and yell at your for not following the rules of the 'hierarchy'. We also never received annual reviews and never received feedback on our work. HR needs to do a much better job looking at their managers and listening to the employees feedback - certain people should not be managing others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management in my opinion has been doing a great job with how they are handling the economy and keeping MCW afloat, financially. However, there needs to be a central system for giving employee reviews, and a system of checks & balances so managers can be monitored as well.

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  5.  

    How can a Medical College do such a terrible job providing its employees with decent health insurance?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    Salary is fair, AMPLE vacation and especially sick time.

    Cons

    Cliqueish office culture. Am I in high school again??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make healthcare affordable for your own employees!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Medical College Offers Excellent Benefits, But Lacks in Payroll and Respect for Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Interesting work. Good cause (patient care, reserach,etc). Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Lack of personal growth opportunities. Little to no recognition/compensation for good performance. Little to no promotional opportunities (they usually list your job at the higher level and you have to "apply like everyone else " to keep your jop--hopefully). Not much flexibility in work schedule in most positions/departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more effort to actually reward good attendance, adherence to policies and procedures, and excellence on the job. The current system of a nearly flat 3% raise on July 1 is humiliating when you have co-workers, or know of people in other divisions or departments, who don't care to do an excellent job and still get the same basic "raise" as those who work hard and do a good job, is FLAWED. Real, merit-based raises and more respectful treatment would go much further toward raising the standard of excellence overall.

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    Nice place, but management not fair.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist

    Pros

    Good interdisciplinary research facility that works together. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    HR does not support employees. Despite numerous complaints and large turnover rate (quitting or firing) of employees occuring at the research group I worked with, the HR department supported the lead scientist in ALL cases. My complaint had contributed to my being let go (so much for confidentiality).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take ANY complaint brought up with HR seriously and/or review your HR personnel to see that they are impartial.

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