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Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
321 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, nice people, most of whom care very much about the job they are doing (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
  • relatively low salary intermittent management (in 11 reviews)

  • Low pay and no accumulated vacations, no contribution to your retirement account (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good opportunity bad pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have access to the best resources and smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. They often hire the person who can be paid lower even though you are qualified for the job and would be the better fit. Grant funding is decreasing, research jobs are paying less or eliminated. Non-qualified people conducting sloppy research because it's cheaper to combine jobs then to pay the right person to do the job correctly. More likely to make lateral move than upward. Strange attitude about increasing someone's pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a lot of empty space in the buildings already built. Pay your employees a decent wage and cut back on the unnecessary construction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    In general a nice graduate school

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teaching quality is satisfying. Medical school is very strong. Many scholarship opportunities...

    Cons

    Location. Not too many companies around and the local internship opportunity is limited.
    Engineering school is weak. I feel it is on a downward trend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a lot of good benefits - generous vacation time, health and dental insurance, life insurance and a tuition benefit for employees and family members. Generous 403b matching plan. They do seem to care about helping employees establish a work- life balance. There's plenty of opportunities to take part of activities happening around the campus. This university is known for its excellent education and research.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement. I don't feel as though my personal skills are being developed in my position, and I don't see my co-workers being challenged or moving up either. The pay is average, and the benefits are great, so you've got a kind of golden handcuff thing going on here. The feel of the administrative offices can become rather sleepy. Everyone tends to get stuck in a rut and it takes hours and chains of emails to answer simple questions. There's a lot of procrastination and boredom because there's no momentum of leadership and growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger leadership and more positive skill building. Uniting everyone and focusing on a mission statement and customer service would bring up the morale of some of the employees who have been here for years and inspire the newer, younger employees who have a lot to contribute.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Undergraduate admissions officer

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis full-time

    Pros

    Great first job! A lot of skill building that will have career long benefits - especially public speaking and relationship building. Fun travel. Overall great work life balance. Amazing coworkers - everyone is bubbly and genuinely friendly.

    Cons

    Hard for an ambitious person to last more than a few years - eventually finding professional development opportunities can be difficult. Low pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Working as a Student Technology Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    1. Quality pay for an undergrad.
    2. Learned a lot.

    Cons

    1. Poor overall structure of administration.

  7.  

    Nice place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Strong opportunities for personal growth, lots of time-off, etc

    Cons

    The salary isn't as high as I would like

  8.  

    Experience varies by lab

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    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, generally nice people, and you work for a good cause. Researchers within the University collaborate with each other a lot, so that provides a lot of opportunities to network with other labs & departments.

    Cons

    Funding can be variable in some labs, so some tech positions may only be funded for one or two years. In the interview process, it's common to ask how a position will be funded and if there is a plan to keep that position if that funding expires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience but very demanding

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    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is that you will be working with some of the best researchers in the country at the School of Medicine.

    Cons

    With high demands and deadlines around every corner, there is sometimes a hostile work environment. The benefits are not the best and the salary is lower than other institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to be more understanding of employees needs and concerns regarding management and supervisors.

  10.  

    Good place to work and gain experience in research

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis part-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to contribute on research

    Cons

    The working can be boring.

    Recommends
  11.  

    good place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    nice and quite campus. you have peace in mind living st louis.

    Cons

    relatively low salary intermittent management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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