University of Wisconsin-Madison

  www.wisc.edu
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

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)

More Highlights
155 Employee Reviews
in
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Academic Staff are not valued by this employer.

    Senior Research Specialist (Current Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsAcademic staff function in an intellectually stimulating workplace.

    ConsAcademic Staff are treated poorly and have no recourse. The University negotiated in poor faith with unions and there has been systematic removal of compensation (benefits and salary). I have witnessed a consistent lack of enforcement of equal employment opportunity laws. Academic staff are pressured to work long hours and forgo leave benefits. I have experienced constant pressure against healthy work family balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain managers in EEO laws and regulations. Remove legislative whipping boy privileges. Pay Academic Staff based on similar market rates.

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

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    Dull students, lack of academic air

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsIt has such nice libraries.

    ConsHUGE gap in academic level between undergraduate & graduate bodies.
    Very hard to find smart, intellectually challenging people (as the majorities are undergrad).
    The campus is the downtown of the city, it is pretty crowded, parking space is not assigned to even professors.
    TA workload is HUGE as compared to other research schools.
    Stipend significantly smaller as compared to other research schools.
    Inter-disciplinary research opportunity is rare.
    Majority of population seem to have had little exposure to non-white ethnic minorities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe school administrators seriously need to bring more academic, innovative atmosphere, removing party school culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Poor work environment, Few Avenue for Advancement, No Educational Stipends. Benefits continually reduced.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsFairly nice town, beautiful lakes.

    ConsFew training opportunities, no free classes, no educational stipend. Poor HR Management. Poor career advising.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire early and get out of town

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

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    Great and good relaxed job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFair to us and nice atmosphere

    ConsLow income at a average range

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Good Place to Work, Low Salary

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Place to Work at

    ConsLow Salary compared to other schools similar quality

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    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

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    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

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    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

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    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

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    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.

Worked for University of Wisconsin-Madison? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.