Vanderbilt University

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Vanderbilt University Reviews in Nashville, TN

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
156 Reviews
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156 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It boasts talented and well-rounded students, as well as a beautiful campus and tremendous resources (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great university, great city (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Graduate student drama" which resulted in duplicate efforts among research group members and myself (in 6 reviews)

  • Cost of living isn't cheap, but certainly not as bad as, say, NYC (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Vanderbilt University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent university atmosphere, all students are provided teaching/research assistantships, great work culture, superb benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing much to say here, actually. To some extent, it depends on your boss. If you get a good one, your life will be great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I enjoyed my time here, first as a student and then as a post-doc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good for on-campus work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Law School Assistant  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Law School Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful environment to work in, many opportunities to interact with interesting speakers. Plenty of options for entertainment nearby.
    Flexible schedules and excellent co-workers
    Perks included free coffee and the ability to study during down time.
    Friendly staff and HR employees

    Cons

    Complicated Human Resources System.
    Three laps around campus are required to fill out a simple form.
    Technology in some places is beginning to get outdated.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worked as a graduate student

    Former Employee - Research Assistant I  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Vanderbilt University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly staff, fantastic research opportunities, good opportunity to network and succeed.

    Cons

    Interdepartmental research is difficult. Work life balance is always going to skewed in favor of work but I think coming to a university that is expected. Perks are that you get a chance to conduct and participate in research that is state-of-the-art and a chance to collaborate with some of the leading industries.

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  5.  

    Student Worker in Admissions Office

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    Former Employee - Student Worker  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Vanderbilt University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Clear instructions and oversight, engaging work, fun work environment. Overall a great place to work for the summer or school year to pick up some extra cash. Also, particularly good for extroverts as it often requires interaction with walk-in guests and prospective families

    Cons

    Occasional early mornings during the summer for PreVu days, but certainly not the worst thing in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Things are on a decline at Vanderbilt.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    PhD student/ Teaching Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Salary is on the high end

    Cons

    Horrible work environment (at least in the Econ department)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Vanderbilt University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Vanderbilt really cares about its students and its employees and encourages continued growth. The administrative staff is incredibly open and doesn't thrive on a hierarchy. Rather, there is a sense that everyone, no matter what level employee, is an integral part of the team.

    Cons

    Staff works throughout the summer, understandably, though students aren't there. It would be advisable, given the stifling Nashville heat, that staff get off early on Fridays in the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall great place for graduate students

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources. Collaborative environment. 99% of PIs and students are supportive. Great seminars with visiting scientists from around the world. Vandy also does a good job of supportive a strong work/life balance for all students. Excellent career office for interests inside and outside of science.

    Cons

    You will need a car to get around Nashville.Parking on campus is very expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower the cost of parking for graduate students. Originally was less than $10 dollars a month and then, with little to no warning, parking costs increased to over $30.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Typical Private Research Institutopm

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Infrastructure, students are OK, good colleagues

    Cons

    Poor administrative support, terrible HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not worth the hype

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    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Employee gym access is the only benefit I can think of as a pro.

    Cons

    The benefits are below what is usually given for higher ed - 401k or 403a-b contribution, health insurance, etc.

    The cultural in my department was too top heavy with extreme pressure to be perfect despite having no guidance from management. Furthermore there was a disconnect to build relationships between employees. I felt like there was little time or events to socialize. It was constantly work in front of my screen and little down time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is try to walk a mile in your employees shoes and show some innovative to motivate positively and build cordial relationships.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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