Case Western Reserve University Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is good and you can handle that (in 8 reviews)

  • Flexible Work Environment & Good Community (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • parking is expensive and far away (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay, most of the time under staffed, overbearing supervisor (at least in my department), low raises, no holiday bonuses (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Research Associate

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    Current Employee - OHIO in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - OHIO in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great scientific environment, good opportunities for career development and networking

    Cons

    Low salary, limited vacation time

    Advice to Management

    Higher salaries for postdocs


  2. Great environment

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Systems Lead in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Enterprise Systems Lead in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Case is a very diverse place to work. There is an array of things to do within the Case community if you are interested in the arts or just great scenery. If the day gets stressful, just take a walk across the beautiful campus to ease the tension .

    Cons

    Compensation needs to be in line with the market in some areas


  3. Great University

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Researcher in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to latest and greatest technologies in the filed of biomedical engineering and medicine.
    Get to work with and learn from great and smart faculty, post-docs and students.
    Very nice campus.

    Cons

    None really except that it may be hard to get used to Cleveland weather. Winters can be harsh if you are not used to cold.


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  5. Good n bad

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lot of jobs in healthcare

    Cons

    low salary, awful cleveland weather,


  6. A great place to be a PhD student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive stipend for PhD students with budgets for conference travel.
    Faculty who want to help you learn and see you succeed.
    Many opportunities to TA and teach.

    Cons

    All schools can be a bit political.
    No econometrics courses for graduate students.


  7. Lots of opportunities available at a small school.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great faculty, lots of engaged collaborators at the hospitals. Great deal of funding and resources.

    Cons

    Postdoctoral salaries are very low. Constant paperwork that needs to be filled out.


  8. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Research Atmosphere. People and colleagues are very friendly. The campus is not big, anything to do is very convennient.

    Cons

    Cleveland is close to Erie lake. So, in the winter, we often have heavy snow here. If you are living a little far away from the campus, you may have some suffering time in winter.

    Advice to Management

    Make some more efforts to advertise the university. The dinning room is a little big crowded during the lunch time, may open some new dinning room, or enlarge the current one.


  9. Student Physics Researcher

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    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work experience, and a great way to earn letters of recommendation. I worked with my PI and several grad students around 8 hours a week.

    Cons

    Work experience can be highly variable depending on who you actually end up working with. Many students complain about absentee PI's where they have little time to discuss work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working with students, and creating opportunities for motivated students to contribute. Some PI's are organized, while others seem constantly scattered.


  10. Good place to attend graduate school if you're not too concerned with student life.

    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a humanities grad student, Case lacks in prestige vs. it's science programs, but it does offer good teaching experience and plenty of opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Not a lot of social opportunities, Case has a very nerdy vibe, which is good if you're particularly studious, but a bummer if you're coming from an undergrad program with a larger party scene.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps invest some more money in social opportunities for students, clubs, and campus opportunities. Obviously campus culture by just adding in bars like the Jolly Scholar, but it's a start.


  11. Great place to work, but vertical movement is difficult.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Tuition is covered for employees (+family), positive work environment that is greatly enriched by the students and proximity to University Circle, good job security, vacation does not include university holidays (and there are many!), IT Services/Software at CWRU are second to none - my office rarely had any IT issues and when we did they were immediately fixed.

    Cons

    Promotions and pay increases are difficult to come by. There is very little turnover in the middle and upper management, so there are not many opportunities to advance your career within the university structure... oh, and the parking situation is remarkably bad.

    Advice to Management

    CWRU (and universities in general) will need to be innovative if they are to remain relevant as education becomes increasingly digital/web-based... yet, young/talented employees, are not given enough opportunity to develop/advance their careers. This was the sticking point for me.



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