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University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
33 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great place to gain experience and learn to survive in a working environment (in 13 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Relatively low salary- but that's to be expected when you work for the state (in 5 reviews)

  • The pay is lower than it would be if you worked in private industry (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Biochemistry Graduate Program Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Great Research (you can get published in top tier journals if you get the right project)
    -Opportunities to gain technical skills that will be valued by private industry
    -Decent salary by graduate student standards, and you won't have to be a TA to get funding

    Cons

    -terrible work-life balance
    -competitive work environment (although there are collaborations among labs, students within the same lab will have to compete for the best projects)
    -Many students do not complete their PhD. Those who do have trouble finding positions where they would be compensated for having a PhD.
    -I've heard that the campus is a great social environment, but I was so busy working that I did not experience it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Provide incentives for senior graduate students to train new graduate students. All students would rather work on their own projects than help others, especially if there is no recognition from their PI for helping other students.
    -For collaborative projects involving more than one PI: PI's need to negotiate and build a consensus about the projects they expect their graduate students to work on. The graduate student shouldn't be forced to appease two bosses who have conflicting goals for a project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Specialist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Research Specialist in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge research, excellent facilities and benefits

    Cons

    Pay not competitive compared to cost of living, burn-out very common, low promotion potential

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good work study

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Team Member in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    work on campus
    see people on campus

    Cons

    none that I can really pick out. working in the kitchen sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure students are responsible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It takes a certain kind of person to thrive here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - University Relations Specialist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - University Relations Specialist in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Flexibility; vacation time; benefits; depending on the department, Professional Development opportunities; access to great research; wonderful location;

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities; lack of ownership for problems that are easily remedied; allowing faculty to do things that would bet students kicked out (plagiarism, for example); the tendency to be allergic to constructive criticism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Research Assistant

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    Wonderful atmosphere! Would recommend to a friend.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  7.  

    Research Staff

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits, very interesting work

    Cons

    Compensation is subpar, experience really depends on your lab

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider paying academic staff fairly

  8.  

    Good environment despite pressure from State Legislature

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Madison is a vibrant community, and the University is filled with forward-thinking professionals. In my experience, academic departments tend to foster creativity and cutting edge research.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than average. There is constant pressure from the Wisconsin State Legislature to cut budgets, which translates to salary cuts in the form of increased employee burden for health insurance, retirement etc. Raises are non-existent and almost solely in the form of retention packages offered if faculty get offers from competing schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to fix salaries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    OK experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    Lots of stuff happening on campus.

    Cons

    Very large university, easy to get lost as a number.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Straight forward

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including health insurance, vacation time and sick time. Atmosphere is great, very flexible to your needs and family.

    Cons

    Salary is not that great, you have to negotiate a lot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    meh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    Ok city, but not so great place for minorities or big city folk. World class research, though.

    Cons

    Grad students as a rule don't have great work-life balance, or pay.

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