Case Western Reserve University
3.8 of 5 144 reviews
www.cwru.edu Cleveland, OH 5000+ Employees

Case Western Reserve University Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.8 144 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder

Barbara R. Snyder

(83 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Relatively good work-life balance in most research groups"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Flexible Work Environment & Good Community"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Parking is expensive and most lots not close"
    in 5 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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    CWRU is a wonderful place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork environment is great, the campus is great, the benefits are great, the surrounding are university circle is amazing. They also promote from within.

    ConsThere have been some muggings near campus, but there is a free 24 hour van escort program-public safety will pick you up on campus and take you anywhere on or near campus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsI worked at a lab assistant at CWRU during my undergraduate career. I had experiences with a few different PIs were some very good and some weren't. There is no shortage of good instructors who can help set you on your right career path.

    ConsWhile there are a lot of opportunities for research, you can have some PIs or grad students who can barely speak English. This can make communication and progression of projects very difficult.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    very good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExperience to do novel science while having some control of the research you are interested in.
    Lots of freedonm and choices, no micromanging

    ConsMany opportunities for growth were encouraged, I hope this continues

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    ProsRich academic atmosphere, helpful supervisors

    Consdiscussing pay raise is difficult

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    I was a graduate student working in optoelectronic research within the physics department.

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsExperience to do novel science while having some control of the research you are interested in.

    ConsLong hours are expected and the pay is low. Familiar situation in other grad. schools

    Advice to Senior ManagementI find a lot of graduate students are depressed. It might be helpful to investigate the root cause of this depression

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    Excellent at respecting individuality

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of freedonm and choices, no micromanging

    Consa good orientation to how things are done would have helped

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany opportunities for growth were encouraged, I hope this continues

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    excellent university

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosintellectually stimulating environment for staff, faculty and students

    Consnot always possible to advance in your career

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    Good place to work

    Internal Auditor (Former Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsI like the people there very much. The working environment is great.

    ConsI have nothing to say about it

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    WOnderful research environment

    Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsWonderful collaborative environment and access to world-class facilities. Great academic leaders and intellectual minds.

    ConsWeather is bad. Work-life balance can take a toll as some supervisors are quite demanding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInclude more 'fun' things to do on campus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average research institute at best

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsClose to the city where I grew up. Decent work-life balance. The time off policies are good on paper but there is little oversight so you rarely can use them.

    ConsGranting levels to faculty are low so salaries start low and remain there. Yearly increases are generally capped at 2% as a matter of policy and the average merit-based increase is 1% so do not expect to improve upon your starting wage without being promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe constant bragging about having record donation years and the capital improvements to the campus are real morale killers when the staff is also told that salary increases are to remain on hold yet again because of budget problems.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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