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University of Wisconsin Reviews in Madison, WI

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
257 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits/paid time off perks (in 17 reviews)

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


Cons
  • There is minimal room for advancement, as expected (in 5 reviews)

  • Faculty members often have unreasonable expectations/standards for grad students (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Information Systems  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Information Systems in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin part-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

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

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a good place to work

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    Former Employee - ESH Professional  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - ESH Professional in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Associate in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Learn a great deal working there.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Great place to learn and advance your career.

    Cons

    Career growth is limited at least at my level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great school for dairy food science

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Focused on industry, communication with industry in most projects.

    Cons

    Not a lot of guidance from advisors, bc they don't have time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better time management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to be a grad student

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good support system for personal, professional, academic growth. Large graduate student community, good support staff. Some professors manage groups better than others, and there appears to be support for them to gain skills to do this. OK financial support for research and graduate students. Good medical/dental benefits for grad students. People know how to blow off steam and have a good time. Work hard/play hard

    Cons

    Few professors are effective lab managers, compensation is low, not a variety of benefits for grad students, takes advantage of foreign students' inability to be funded by most federal research training grants, not a lot of support for developing skills for careers outside of academia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professors need more help in managing labs--perhaps funds for lab management staff or additional leadership training would be good. Have fewer students per year and per lab, but increase support staff resources available to students and professors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Madison, WI

    I worked at University of Wisconsin as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, nice co-workers. I enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    Temporary job. Not so much a "career"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    TA

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

    I worked at University of Wisconsin as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I loved my department and my supervisors.

    Cons

    I wish I were still working there, but I was a TA for 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire based on merit, not based on drawing in new grads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Hard work pays off

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Madison, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Health Benefits are affordable, many Universities do not offer health benefits to TA's and their families. Flexible work hours area bonus.

    Cons

    Professors are not trained managers and can be difficult to work for.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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