Case Western Reserve University

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Case Western Reserve University Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
182 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is good and you can handle that (in 8 reviews)

  • I enjoyed the flexible work environment (in 12 reviews)


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

  • it is not at great location--cleveland is a city, but not so big, so we do not have a lot of opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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    Graduate student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    lots of great networks in Cleveland and at CWRU

    Cons

    sometimes communication between supervisors is lacking

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    No one is in academia to get rich.

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    Former Employee - Technician IV in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Technician IV in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    There is a perpetual learning curve that either feeds self-edification or builds skills to take elsewhere. The area is an education / culture goldmine. Take from it what you will. I was able to more or less make my own hours. As long as data came in and looked good, I was free to manage my schedule as I liked.

    Cons

    It's a very comfortable place which means people have to look for things to complain about and they do. Your experience is 100% luck of the draw based on how your personality fits with others and scientists are not exactly known for their social skills. The office politics are as bad as they are anywhere, despite low-risk work and easy-going environment. Everyone should be enamored with the wonder of learning but that's not the culture. Faculty stress is enormous and it trickles down. Promotions are arbitrary based on grant money available and how lackadaisical your supervisor is or isn't and how much he/she likes you. 13 years of networking with other techs shows me that this is universal. The University itself does not care about you unless you bring them money or prestige. Everyone else might as well be floor sweepers.

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    Look people in the eye and tell the truth. Supervisors are either whip-swinging storm troopers or so squishy, their non-confrontational diplomacy is tantamount to mafia tactics. I've have seen open conversation invited, then the supervisor makes no attempt to understand, but manipulates the conversation to serve an end. Man up a little. I understand that people trained in science are not trained in people management. Learn it or get out of the business.

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    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    Nice working environment, nice professor

    Cons

    The insurance is not that good enough.

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    MP

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good and promotions are fair and there are plenty of fringe benefits to working there, such as tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    The pay is sub-standard and some of the faculty are not very easy or pleasant to work for especially in the medical school.

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    Easy work but low salary~

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    Postdoctoral job is kind like an extending of PhD. Doing research is an interesting and easy work. Working hour is very flexible.

    Cons

    1. Weather is really bad here. Almost snowing during the whole winter.
    2. Salary is low. However, no one get rich in academia~

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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    An affordable place to work. University is a great universality with many great scholars.

    Cons

    Winter is cold. No too much can do during the winter.

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    A great place to work if compensation is not your primary reason for working

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    Have the flexibility needed for work life balance and many aspects of my position are very rewarding. Work with a great team.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive, especially if you make an internal move.

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    Postdoctoral Scholar

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    1) Research 2) Deal with Family insurance

    Cons

    1) Low income 2)Bad weather

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    Worked here as a student, had fun, made money.

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    Former Employee - Student Technology Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Student Technology Consultant in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    The wages are competitive, and the work can be challenging yet rewarding. Everyone is a joy to work with so you get to build relations real fast. The occasional free food is a plus.

    Cons

    There aren't really any cons that I can think of. Sometimes there is a lack of work which can get boring.

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    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University

    Pros

    Free tuition for employees, discounts for family
    close knit community

    Cons

    There are some differences in how things are run between schools/business units. This is just something that has to be learned.

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