Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton
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Pros
  • GREAT BENEFITS package for their employees (in 27 reviews)

  • Great variety of labs and PIs to work for, very competitive stipend, especially for the low cost of living in St (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • low salary, no advance to move upward (in 11 reviews)

  • Low pay comparing to universities in other regions (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at WashU while completing my Masters was a great experience with flexibility of hours. The faculty give you an opportunity to learn from the position and understand that it is not a position for medial work.

    Cons

    Parking of campus is always difficult, but honestly working with a faculty member I respect at a University with students with a lot of potential was a great experience.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to understand the position and the hours you put on the faculty, especially the strain on adjunct faculty with no benefits. They are also required to work on their own research and publications. Please keep that in mind when you do not approve salary increases and continue to hire part time faculty to save a few bucks.


  2. great school!

    Current Employee - Instructor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Instructor in Saint Louis, MO
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, great school, good collaborations with Med School

    Cons

    Being the top school within ~250 miles radius keeps the community small


  3. Nice place to study

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment to do research. The fellowship is not so much but it is a reasonable amount.

    Cons

    There's no cons in my opinion.


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  5. RESEARCH ASSISTANT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great team to work with and we do lots of cool stuff. Colleagues are wiling to help.

    Cons

    Academia, of course, payment is not as competitive as industry setting.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have too much advice to the management. It's a highly decentralized organization.


  6. Admissions Officer

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    Current Employee - Admissions Officer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Admissions Officer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to be creative and add value.

    Cons

    Opportunity = lots of responsibility ... which is not necessarily a con.


  7. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly. They are willing to teach and learn within the group all the time. Enthusiastic about their work no matter how many years they've been in their positions. My colleagues teach me the idea behind their research instead of just merely ask me to do something.

    Cons

    I cannot come up with any downside for my part-time job. I gain great work experience here before I apply for any other jobs.

    Advice to Management

    It's well managed. There is weekly lab meeting so that every one stays on track.


  8. Working Culture

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best place to work, Very friendly people, Excellent resources

    Cons

    Compensation benefits are less, salary is less compare to other places.


  9. Great environment, minimal benefits, salary, and advancement

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well-known university with cutting edge science and resources. Great city with low cost of living. The environment is collaborative and friendly.

    Cons

    Must use part of your salary to pay into health insurance. Few extra benefits are given. Hard to advance within the university, limited faculty positions available.

    Advice to Management

    Spring for some post-doc perks like gym memberships or access and parking!


  10. Post Doc experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great research experience and environment Lot of opportunities for non-academic routes

    Cons

    Since this is an academic institution, salary for a post doc is not the best. It is in sync with NSF/NIH guidelines.


  11. Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time

    Pros

    Great research, brilliant people, lots of funding, comfortable place to live

    Cons

    need to be very proactive at gaining experiences you need to prepare for your career



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