University of Wisconsin-Madison

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
177 Reviews
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cutting edge research, fun work environment, meaningful purpose for research (in 6 reviews)

  • good working environment, especially for college students (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Academic staff are pressured to work long hours and forgo leave benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • Relatively low salary- but that's to be expected when you work for the state (in 3 reviews)

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21 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Not much accountability

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    Current Employee - Financial Specialist III  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Financial Specialist III in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful, and employees are welcome to nearly all of the campus-hosted events; everything from music festivals to movie nights. The atmosphere in most departments is relaxed, and even professional staff rarely dress in full business professional attire. Departments may grant work schedule flexibility, and some offer telecommuting on a limited basis. Leave benefits are generous; sick leave and vacation leave are separated so illness does not affect your vacation plans. Leave benefits also include personal days. Healthcare premiums are extremely low ($86 per month for a single person) and medical care in the area is world-class.

    Cons

    STAGNANT. There is no clear way to advance through the system, and even more than that, there doesn't seem to be much desire for advancement within the general workforce. There is a laughably low level accountability, and business processes haven't changed in decades. No one is working towards innovation because the pay here is so ridiculously low. There is no such thing as a raise, regardless of what your job performance is. Granted, they offer all of their employees a living wage (to my knowledge), but this is a world-class university that brings in $6 billion a year in research revenue.

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

    Working in the Department of Continuing Studies was mundane at best.

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I do feel that, in working here, I learned a lot about web development. Unfortunately, that didn't stem into anything exciting, as I was required to execute the same tasks day in and day out.

    Cons

    Limited room for growth, due to constant flux of employees. There is no heart in this building, but I don't know if that's useful information for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many hardworking and dedicated professionals; a culture of blame.

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    Former Employee - Educational Administrator  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Educational Administrator in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The students are inspirational. Certain faculty members are dedicated to the education and development of young people as well as cutting-edge and creative research.

    Cons

    Clashes with the legislature, executive (governor), and voters create fictitious and unnecessarily hostile budget crises and other controversies. Campus leadership has changed so often in the past decade that no accountability or real progress has been possible. Some ineffective staff and faculty keep "jobs for life" while others are barred from advancing, as salaries and benefits wane to the point of being non-competitive with peer institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on the Wisconsin Idea, which is name-checked and not fully lived across campus. If UW-Madison is to be of service to the entire state (nation, world, etc.), then it must also be a place where diverse ideas are welcome and difficult conversations are conducted in public, instead of behind closed doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    University of Wisconsin-Madison is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Veterinary Pathology  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Veterinary Pathology in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Research environment, collaborative nature and a vibrant city

    Cons

    Nothing i could think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing i could think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible

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    Current Employee - Labaide  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Labaide in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supervisors let you breathe, do not hover over you

    Cons

    It gets very monotonous, boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify the job duties, add morale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good work environment and benefits

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    Former Employee - Mid Level Management  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Mid Level Management in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people and benefits. There are alot of perks for working for the state. Retirement benefits are better than most other organizations.

    Cons

    Pay and annual raises can be rather on the low side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better communication with staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Just OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time

    Pros

    They work with employees to get them to shifts they want. Great insurance.

    Cons

    Lots of OT. Most people seem to be unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on ability not on ability to interview.

  9.  

    Large University with lots of facilities, but a poor management

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    UW-Madison has many gym and entertainment facilities,
    There are many technical training courses that you can attend,
    Madison has a very beautiful spring.

    Cons

    The salary of working as a Project Assistant is the lowest salary among graduate assistants (TA and RA get 5-10% more).
    The winter is very cruel here, and very long.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Could be better

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent training and support depending on your department and supervisor. You also get good hands-on teaching experience, though that could also be a deterrent to your graduating on time.

    Cons

    In my department TAs had quite a bit of autonomy (or lack of structure, if you will) but there was little effort to help them graduate. A problem not limited to UW-Madison, but it would have been nice to know that we were not just a source of cheap labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Change to work with brilliant people, while working on cutting edge technology the private sector won't see for years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time

    Pros

    Great bike paths in the city that make a 5 mile bike commute shorter than a 5 mile car commute door step to door step. Change to work with brilliant people, while working on cutting edge technology the private sector won't see for years.

    Cons

    Incredibly weak management that attempts to please everyone. You'll need to learn to accept people that have no business or desire to do the jobs they are doing. I've seen people watch netflix all day long. I've had better benefits in the private sector. I'm honestly not sure why people think they are so great.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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