University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward
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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. Easy, but not so challenging or friendly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Student employees receive lots of flexibility and freedom. Easy place to work with low expectations. Good for someone who is juggling lots of other things.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow without influential connections. Some of the IT related areas seem like students forgot that the frat party ended the night before. Lots of sexually charged "humor" and male camaraderie - good for those who fit the stereotype, not so much for those who don't. Management was either unaware or intentionally uninvolved.

    Advice to Management

    Students need more supervision.


  2. Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, interesting problems, and smart people.

    Cons

    Working with a variety of academics, some are more engaged than others, and the less engaged ones can become infuriating people to work with. State politics have negatively affected nearly every position.


  3. Assistant Horticulturist

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    Current Freelancer - Intern in Madison, WI
    Current Freelancer - Intern in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    i enjoyed work with plants and i am also masters in horticulture.

    Cons

    Proper and regular plans needed

    Advice to Management

    Timely management and regular cleaning and caring of plants


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  5. Excellent work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generous sick leave, vacation, and paid personal time.

    Cons

    You have to pay for parking which deducts from your earnings and parking downtown isn't cheap


  6. Reasonable when needed to pursue a degree.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Provides teaching experience necessary for advancement in academic fields. Flexible hours. Reasonably good benefits. Tuition remission for graduate school.

    Cons

    Hours predictably exceed limits set by appointment percentage. Salary is borderline poverty level. Continuing job opportunities at the institution hinges on the moods of legislators and the politics of university funding.

    Advice to Management

    Teaching Assistants are muscle of the university -- without them, the whole system collapses. Therefore, pay more than poverty wages.


  7. Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    city, resources, opportunities, resources, resources

    Cons

    pay, pay, pay, pay, pay


  8. State politics makes for difficult times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with lots of amazing research and learning taking place. Many opportunities to take advantage of on campus events. A good culture, but more in tune with Badger athletics than working at UW Madison.

    Cons

    Being at the whim of the state legislature/governor. Unclear future for a top notch flagship university. No real career path for administrative staff.

    Advice to Management

    management is working on a number of fronts - employee engagement initiatives; career path redesign; improving inclusion and diversity in the workforce. however, everytime gains are made, the legislature steps in and takes more funding away. it makes it almost impossible to work here.


  9. Great place to be a young biological graduate student to learn and grow,

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    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of positives about working at UW-Madison. There is a low-cost of living and very welcoming place to live. One of the greatest things is that so many graduate students have external hobbies outside of lab and it is encouraged by many of the grad school. Many of the researchers are eager to mentor new graduate students. With a plethora of interesting cutting edge projects and world class researchers, this is a great place to be trained as a scientist

    Cons

    This is a very large open university and many of the research buildings are spread out. One of the biggest down fall is the large partying/drinking culture surrounding UW-Madison. Sometimes you can feel left out if you do not drink in excess or like a undergrad. Also because of current state budget cuts by Scott Walker in the last two years, we have seen a decrease in stipends.

    Advice to Management

    The school needs to try to work on diversity and directly addressing the issue involving the concerns of the minorities. Many times management issues statements that appear passive.


  10. Biochemistry Graduate Program Review

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    -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.


  11. Decent

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    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)

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge research, excellent facilities and benefits

    Cons

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



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