University of Wisconsin Reviews

Updated May 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits/paid time off perks (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits, Great place to learn and advance your career (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Postdocs are lost in the shuffle - not grad students and not staff (in 7 reviews)

  • None (as long as you don't mind cold weather) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Research Specialist (SMPH)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits (healthcare, retirement matching, and vacation) but slightly eroded over the past decade.

    Cons

    Pay for certain positions does not keep up with increases in cost of living. Processing a raise in the bureaucracy can be like pulling teeth sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Hold the benefits or increase salary but if either go in the wrong direction without the other improving, not many people will want to work here anymore even if you call yourself a world class institution.


  2. 3 years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally, the research funding is good, and most device you need is available. You can arrange your own time.

    Cons

    The salary is low, and the research pressure is intense. The field is very competitive, and you have to be quick. So many people works day and night.

    Advice to Management

    The management should recruit less peoole, and figure out what kind of people they really want. There is no person who knows everything.


  3. Telephone conducted survey interviewer review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Survey Research Interviewer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Survey Research Interviewer in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is good, especially if you're a student. Raises are given twice a year based on performance. Coworkers are interesting people, shifts leaders are usually friendly. You're conducting academic studies so you're technically collecting data which is great to put on your resume. You gain telephone communication skills, heighten attention to detail,and knowledge about survey research. This kind of survey research isn't marketing or reviews, it's all academic. Examples include, health surveys from the CDC or an asthma survey for a study conducted by UW-Madison. It's really cool to be conducting survey's for such notable clients. This company is one of the best survey centers in the US.

    Cons

    You're basically a telemarketer but instead of selling stuff, you're trying to get people to take an academic survey. You make tons of phones calls and most of the time, people are rude or hang up on you. There's a lot of rejection (if you're not good with rejection, this job is definitely not for you). The work is repetitive. You make a bazillion calls a day. There is one study everyone knows and you'll be calling that study for a few months until you learn how to conduct other studies. That means you read the same questions over and over again (if someone picks up and agrees to do the survey with you). Some surveys are 5-45 mins long; some even last an hour. You have to remain objective, it's part of survey research. If you're not a student, you're an LTE. LTE's only get 20 hrs/week and get capped at a certain wage. All shifts are 4 hours with a min of 12 hours a week. You're required to work at least weekend shift. Week day hours are 9-1, 1-5, or 5-9. You can't have any other hours. This makes scheduling extremely inconvenient.


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  5. Good place to work for students

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Help in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Student Help in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lets you balance course work and employment. You get to decide your schedule.The job is not very stressful and you can take the job at your own pace most of the time.

    Cons

    It is hard to advance to a supervisor position. The management at the dining halls are usually to oblivious to recognize the effort that students put in.


  6. A great employer for students, the people are great and the professional staff really care about the students

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Clerk in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Office Clerk in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to do homework.
    Coworkers are awesome

    Cons

    Typical college job, not something I would want to stay long term in.

    Advice to Management

    continue to build the professional development side for student


  7. I have been a student driver for 4 years.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Driver in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Student Driver in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You are done with work before class typically, you can schedule you're work day around classes.
    Almost no work on weekends.
    Base pay is max student pay.
    Great job to have during school.

    Cons

    You have to be there at 6am every weekday.
    You can not get a promotion.
    One Saturday per month you will have to be there from 6-9am.

    Advice to Management

    They could treat their employees a little nicer. This may motivate the employees to work harder.


  8. Wonderful place to work. The people are very friendly and are positive at all times.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Information Systems in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working in a positive environment is what makes this job the spectacular. I come to work with the motivation and desire to work everyday. The work is at your own pace which again requires motivation on your part.

    Cons

    Finding parking is the biggest challenge in this job. Since it's located downtown, expect to pay around $10 for an 8 hour shift to park in the parking ramp. Besides that, there aren't many cons about this job.

    Advice to Management

    Have a little more structure and update system more often. Design a map for new employees to find where they are going.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great experience

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits/paid time off perks

    Cons

    Trying to get ahold of HR takes forever and they charge you $30+ per month for parking


  10. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESH Professional in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - ESH Professional in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Intelligent workforce, which is an advantage in a university setting. Enough people who really care about doing a great job to motivate you. Shared governance ensures that you have opportunities to voice you opinions/concerns to the upper management. Job security if you are on hard money.

    Cons

    Much lower than average pay as compared to other schools in the Big 10. Typical red tape and hassle due to working for the state. Enough people who have given up on plowing through the red tape to sometimes greatly fustrate you. Lack of job security if you are on soft money. University doesn't invest in training people to be good managers.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how your policies and work environment (e.g., parking costs) impact the large percentage of your workforce who make less than $30K/year.


  11. Great work opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Associate in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Learn a great deal working there.

    Cons

    Certain tasks/ projects could be unorganized or not followed through with

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work!



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