University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  • Nice working environment- stayed in Ogg dorm (in 13 reviews)

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

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  • 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. System Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICIST/Systems ADMINISTRATOR in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICIST/Systems ADMINISTRATOR in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Great Work-life balance. Good health insurance and benefits (if you are permanent).

    Cons

    Salary isn't great compared to Madison standard.


  2. Research Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They offer very generous leave and sick time. They have many opportunities available. There is tuition reimbursement available. Great job.

    Cons

    The starting salaries are low. There are limited opportunities to climb the ladder without having an advanced degree (a PhD).

    Advice to Management

    I really enjoy my job and I am only leaving because the lab is relocating across the country. The salary is low but the vacation and sick time make up for it. I also received some significant raises. From the time that I started my job, over a four year period, I received a total of a 30% raise in salary. However, when looking to relocate to a new lab at the University, these raises do not transfer, and my salary would go back down to its initial starting amount.


  3. Employee at Memorial Union

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment, you work with fellow students and get experience with basic life skills.

    Cons

    Not very flexible scheduling and management can be difficult at times. It's hard to get time off without penalty.

    Advice to Management

    Make a better system for scheduling employees or be more flexible with allowing time off when needed.


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  5. uw

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Madison, WI
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    professional development opportunities, large network, supportive culture

    Cons

    salary, bureaucratic inefficiencies, job placements often directly relate to level of education rather than experience


  6. Graduate Teahing Assistant

    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get full tuition remission of your graduate tuition fees if you get a total of 33% or higher position as a teaching assistant.

    Cons

    Although assigned to be a 20hr/ week job, you may end up putting in ~30 hrs in some work weeks, especially when grading is involved, and it can be challenging to manage your graduate studies with that workload.

    Advice to Management

    It will serve students better if process of applications is made more transparent. It will be great to have number of positions available and already filled up for each course be clearly displayed and updated daily on web portal. Also, it will be beneficial for new international students to be informed about and have access to application portal before they start their first semester.


  7. Department of Family Medicine

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Family Medicine- The research teams are full of wonderful, dedicated, smart people who really believe in what they are doing. Opportunity to be a part of cutting edge health care research, some of our docs are doing amazing things that will really make a difference. Depending on your PI (Primary Investigator) you have the chance to build your skills in research design, data collection, protocol implementation, writing, and conference presentation. The atmosphere in the research team is friendly, supportive and collaborative.

    Cons

    The Department Director was changed about 5 years ago and the current management is very top down and distant. If you are not a PI or Senior Scientist you are replaceable as far as management is concerned. If you are unlucky enough to be hired by a difficult PI you are entirely on your own in trying to manage the situation and it is made clear to you that the PI can treat you any way they like. This is a marked change from the last 4 directors I have worked under and turnover among research staff has been unbelievable in the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    We have repeatedly given feedback via listening sessions and outside consultants, token changes are made after each of these "improvement sessions" but no real change has taken place. My advice to the Medical School is to replace the current department management structure and replace it with someone who values EVERYONE in the organization not just the PI's. The department if full of people who truly want to work to make a difference, listen to us, let us do our jobs!


  8. Web Developer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learnt a lot, new technologies, production level things

    Cons

    Student job, hourly, red tape


  9. UW-Madison, WSLH

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits, good people, flexible work schedule, cheap bus pass, pays to attend professional conferences

    Cons

    little to no raises, few opportunities for job growth, parking is expensive, HR department is unreliable and slow


  10. Postdoctoral Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Research and development and communication and conference and travel and connection and getting ready for academia. but it is all good to get prepared for an academic job.

    Cons

    Low salary and too many travels and stressfull and too much work and no weekend. Compared to company work, need to work full time and there is no bonus an dneed to work weekends and such.


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    Good place for research

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Madison, WI

    Pros

    The university is a unique place to work. Lots of resources for research are available in core facilities. There is a wide range of expertise on campus. The healthcare benefits for state employees are fairly comprehensive and reasonably priced.

    Cons

    Post-docs are often not paid according to NIH standards and the salaries vary widely from lab to lab. Many post-docs only receive a "raise" if they get their own fellowship money. If you do have your own fellowship money, you are not officially considered a university employee, so they won't even deduct the taxes from your paycheck (you have to do it yourself, and they don't tell you that) and you lose a few other employee benefits. Once your fellowship money runs out, your salary remains constant so you quickly end up being paid below NIH standards once again. All of this indicates that postdocs have few protections and their experience and technical skills are not appreciated. The campus is very spread out and different departments are housed in different buildings, which makes networking outside your department very difficult,.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the grad students and post-docs who do the research that brings in grant money by giving them fair compensation. Professors should stand up for the university amid drastic reduction in state funding, rather than most of them standing idly by.



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