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University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated Jun 8, 2014
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4.2 155 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

University of Wisconsin-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward

David Ward

(32 ratings)

90% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Many hardworking and dedicated professionals; a culture of blame.

    Educational Administrator (Former Employee) Madison, WI

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

    ConsClashes 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    University of Wisconsin-Madison is a great place to work

    Veterinary Pathology (Current Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsResearch environment, collaborative nature and a vibrant city

    ConsNothing i could think of

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing i could think of

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexible

    Labaide (Current Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsSupervisors let you breathe, do not hover over you

    ConsIt gets very monotonous, boring

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify the job duties, add morale

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work environment and benefits

    Mid Level Management (Former Employee) Madison, WI

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

    ConsPay and annual raises can be rather on the low side

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter communication with staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just OK

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsLots of OT. Most people seem to be unhappy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote based on ability not on ability to interview.

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    Large University with lots of facilities, but a poor management

    Project Assistant (Current Employee) Madison, WI

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

    ConsThe 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.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsIncredibly 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.

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    Could be better

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsDecent 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.

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementCare.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bi-polar work environment - lots of headache - lots of potential.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-The people. You are going to encounter genuinely smart, passionate individuals who are a pleasure to work with.
    -There is a lot of opportunity here for people who want to be the 'go-to' person of their group. Plenty of groups are lacking that person.
    -If you are someone who enjoys finding efficiencies that can improve the working environment there is a plethora of in-efficient processes and models ready for improvement.
    -For the most part, I can't imagine a workplace that is more flexible.

    Cons-The people. You are going to encounter and be forced to work with folks who don't make work any sort of priority, as the culture (and HR policies) here makes it hard to fire incompetent or lazy folks.
    -Professional development has become a priority, but it is still quite lacking. Further, there is a real lack of encouragement for employees to develop and advance their careers.
    -This place can be a bureaucratic nightmare, subject to the whims of State law changes, governor mandates, UW-System policy changes, UW-Madison policy changes, CIO mandates, and COO mandates. Further, the organization of DoIT itself is EXTREMELY dated, with most personnel simultaneously holding a position in a hierarchical org chart and positions in various service teams; often with absolutely no real relationship to one-another.

    Advice to Senior Management-Start empowering those that show passion and dedication to their jobs and to the mission of the University to make more decisions. Don't be afraid to demote those that are satisfied to find reasons to not make progress on anything.
    -You have a problem where some groups are well managed, and happy; some groups are poorly managed, and everyone in them wants out. Address this with anonymous ratings of managers from employees/managers within a group and outside of it. That isn't a silver bullet, but there is a real feeling that those at the top are completely out-of-touch with what groups are happy, and what groups are miserable.
    -Demand higher standards in general. It's very easy for employees of DoIT to dust off their hands and say "I don't care about this anymore"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked for a research group on campus.

    Student Hourly (Former Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsRelaxed work environment, friendly coworkers, good student hourly job.

    ConsFelt like an outsider as a student hourly working with graduate students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more group dynamic/camaraderie among staff regardless of their position within the organization.

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