Vanderbilt University Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Rewarding work but low pay

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    Current Employee - Research Program Coordinator in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Program Coordinator in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University

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

    Pros

    Amazing and intelligent people to work with, beautiful facilities.

    Cons

    Low pay for years of experience and degree

  2. Great boss and flexible hours for a student

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    Former Employee - Fitness Center Attendant in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Fitness Center Attendant in Nashville, TN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hours worked with my schedule. Staff was amazing all around.

    Cons

    Pay isn't much. Job could be boring at times.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. I was a Research Assistant at Vanderbilt in the Chemistry Department.

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

    I worked at Vanderbilt University

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

    Pros

    Very comfortable and friendly environment. Surrounded by a group of brilliant researchers. Encouraging superiors. Well equipped labs with plenty of resources. Beautiful campus. Great places to have a wide variety of food. Lively atmosphere

    Cons

    Poor salary, considering Nashville being a fairly expensive city to live in. Work hours can sometimes be long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great investment of resources on research. Should consider raising wages for research assistants, since lot of people would be motivated to stay.

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  5. Good place for a postdoc

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University

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

    Pros

    The pros of this company are good. I enjoyed working here at this company for the years that I did work here.

    Cons

    There were no cons. If you wanted to learn there were plenty of opportunities to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Value the postdocs

  6. Very Good

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University

    Pros

    Very Friendly Staff, Good Funding

    Cons

    Dont feel any cons to mention

    Advice to Management

    No

  7. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Vanderbilt University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great position with good level of responsibility and relevant to what I was studying. Really enjoyed working with my professor.

    Cons

    Very hard to find about what positions were open.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Large employer that doesn't have to do much to retain good employees

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on the area in which you work, whether you work on the university did or medical center side, it can be a comfortable page to work. Many employers have 10+ years. But there is an increasing air of unreliability as positions are cut, workloads increase and merit and cost of living increases have become non-existent.

    Cons

    Loyalty is tested as employees are asked to do more and expand the range of what their position requires to make up for HR decision gaps but are not given opportunity for additional training, compensation for increased responsibilities, or recognition for obvious professional growth that had kept their departments afloat during the transitions.

    Advice to Management

    Monetary recognition of employees who have remained with the institution through the transitions and cuts. If the institution is still growing with fewer employees, someone obviously had taken up the slack. To not even consider cost of living increases when parking and benefits have become more expensive is shameful. And even though building and renovation may come from a distinct budget it is a slap to the face to see increased spending while being asked to make sacrifices. The environment has caused mid line to be less supportive as they are held accountable for this out of their control. It is harder to progress or change departments as some supervisors will blackball someone rather be seen as the reason an employee may want to change positions or departments.

  9. Surrounded by very hardworking individuals. Supervisors are very cool and accommodating.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Supervisors are accommodating to students who are working while in school. Everyone you work around is very friendly and nice.

    Cons

    The pay could be better, but it is typical for an on-campus job at Vanderbilt University. The weather sometimes makes the job frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Management could consider hiring students on to a role greater than just work study. This way they would put more into their work and have greater ways to move into more technical roles.

  10. Researcher in Computer Engineering at Vanderbilt University

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    interesting work, competitive salary, education benefits (70% tuition paid at any university for 3 children), flexible working conditions

    Cons

    Salary increases track inflation only. Benefit package changes in negative direction,

  11. Working at Institue of Software Integration Systems is pretty awesome if you are into research

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Very cool people and no pressure on work timing if you get the work done.Awesome research projects where you work in long term projects by government of various topics

    Cons

    Work with students may be sometime frustrating.Projects are not implementation but research , sometimes you have to agree with failure.

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