University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Nice working environment- stayed in Ogg dorm (in 13 reviews)

  • Excellent engineering departments performing cutting-edge research (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited room for growth, due to constant flux of employees (in 4 reviews)

  • low salary compared to industry jobs (in 5 reviews)

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  1. UW-Madison

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    Current Employee - Director of Graduate Student Services in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Director of Graduate Student Services in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers are willing to help with projects; just need to ask. Faculty are creative, hard-working, and invested in their students.

    Cons

    State of WI politics are not supportive of the University.


  2. UW-madison is good place and I can learn a lot of knowledge and make new friends. And I like Madison and it's a awesom.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    UW-madison is good place and I can learn a lot of knowledge and make new friends. And I like Madison and it's a awesom.

    Cons

    Compensation is not high and relatively low. I frequently work on the weekend. That's kind of busy. I want to move to other company for my next step.


  3. Only professors have it good, lab managers and techs are invisible and second class citizens.

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great job if you don't want to do anything except support a professor and his/her students. Usually the lab positions are not terribly stressful. Okay training for other tech positions in other companies depending on the skillset you can learn. But, many companies don't want people whose experience comes from academia.

    Cons

    Low compensation. You will never get credit for any innovative ideas because the professor will take it or give it to his students. You are and always will be low person on the totem pole and made to feel that way. I've worked here many years and I know it is a mistake to continue, but my skillset is not terribly useful outside my current lab. Basically, I'm trapped in a dead end low wage job.

    Advice to Management

    Who is the management? The professors? They have skills in their fields, but no management skills. I would hardly call them "the management".


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  5. Academic Staff are not valued by this employer.

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Specialist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Research Specialist in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Academic staff function in an intellectually stimulating workplace.

    Cons

    Academic Staff are treated poorly and have no recourse. The University negotiated in poor faith with unions and there has been systematic removal of compensation (benefits and salary). I have witnessed a consistent lack of enforcement of equal employment opportunity laws. Academic staff are pressured to work long hours and forgo leave benefits. I have experienced constant pressure against healthy work family balance.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers in EEO laws and regulations. Remove legislative whipping boy privileges. Pay Academic Staff based on similar market rates.


  6. Dull students, lack of academic air

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It has such nice libraries.

    Cons

    HUGE gap in academic level between undergraduate & graduate bodies. Very hard to find smart, intellectually challenging people (as the majorities are undergrad). The campus is the downtown of the city, it is pretty crowded, parking space is not assigned to even professors. TA workload is HUGE as compared to other research schools. Stipend significantly smaller as compared to other research schools. Inter-disciplinary research opportunity is rare. Majority of population seem to have had little exposure to non-white ethnic minorities.

    Advice to Management

    The school administrators seriously need to bring more academic, innovative atmosphere, removing party school culture.



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