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University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
171 Reviews

4.2
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic workplace

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great laboratory directors and cutting edge technology make this a dream job. You are always learning something new, sometimes out of necessity and sometimes just for the fun of it.

    Cons

    The only downside to this job is the pay, but that is understandable as it is a fellowship and not a career position. Also, in academia, this isn't too bad of a salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's been amazing! Tuition Reimbursement.

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tuition Reimbursement, 401k, Time off, Sick Time, Leave, Cutting Edge, Location, Collaboration, Atmosphere, Environment

    Cons

    Promotions, Compensation, Opportunties, Leadership, Management, Salary!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions, Compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    UW Madison review

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great institution and people were very helpful all around

    Cons

    Little room for growth unless you're a PhD

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Associate professors may be better teachers than tenured professors, and having them teach the undergrad classes will be a benefit to the students and to the faculty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    good balance, competitive environment, yet lacks vision

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    liberal city to live in, exposure to international students and researchers, access to various labs and eqipements

    Cons

    course designs are not good, you can not feel a direction and vision in school in general, gets VERY cold in winter!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    where are crazy scientist? where is the vision?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    Excellent engineering departments performing cutting-edge research.

    Cons

    I have enjoyed my time working here.

  7.  

    Good campus community, lots of dead weight in leadership

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    Current Employee - Residence Life  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Residence Life in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work, above-average pay.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement because it's difficult to terminate employees who've been working there for decades, despite terrible work performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change HR practices to make it easier to award merit-based pay incentives and easier to take action against employees who aren't doing their job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    gard student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    i love work here..great people

    Cons

    this university offers a very competitive research environment

  9.  

    grad student review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Pros

    i love working in UW Madison.

    Cons

    There is nothing bad about this university

  10.  

    UW-Madison is a great place to get a degree

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the real pros of UW is it's location in Madison. If you are in life sciences research, you will be well placed to interact with the medium sized biotech community of Madison. At the University itself, there is a highly collaborative atmosphere that I found very useful. For those looking to begin a postdoctoral fellowship at UW, there is now a postdoctoral association that offers professional development seminars.

    Cons

    Faculty salaries aren't as competitive as one might expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more support for the graduate student or postdoc looking to transition into the biotech industry. For example: courses offering training on regulatory affairs and cGMP or courses offering training on cutting edge technology such as next generation sequencing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Experience

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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 part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Personal growth, great professors, great institution. Beautiful city.

    Cons

    Low salary to live in Madison. Bad work-life balance. No time-off policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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