Washington University in St. Louis

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Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
314 Reviews
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314 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 26 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 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good place to work and gain experience in research

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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
  2.  

    good place

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    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
  3.  

    Pretty fair organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Coder in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Certified Coder in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, paid tuition for you and spouse. Also tuition benefits for dependents.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in certain departments.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    I got my PhD from here.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    A nice university with nice people. I had great friends here. They taught everything in computer science and I leaned a lot.

    Cons

    Too few faculties in the computer science department. Certain areas only have one faculty. Need to expend the department with more faculties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    To be the best, you have to work harder than the rest.

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding reputation and unmatched research programs. This place will boost your resume and provide you with the experience you need to build your career.

    Cons

    LONG hours. They will make you an "exempt" (salaried) employee so they don't have to pay you when you work 80+ hour work weeks regularly.

    The culture is toxic and employees are so siloed but competitive they will do whatever it takes to make you look bad (instead of looking good together as a team).

    Pay is nowhere near fair market price. They have "salaried professionals" making less than $30k a year and SENIOR coordinators make $40k to LOW $50s. Not the place to go if you want to make money (as a staff member).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain top talent (not just faculty) you have to recognize and reimburse appropriately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work for a student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Not much monitoring of your work

    Cons

    Minimum wage as an hourly wage

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job, right?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They give you a great vacation package, contribute to your retirement, and the hours are nice. Many of the people are great to work with. Others, however, not so much.

    Cons

    Pay is low, morale is lower. Certain people and the politics make for a very unhappy work environment. Also, it is impossible to advance within the university. Wherever you're hired in, I hope you like it there, because you'll never get to go anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise employees on their accomplishments and work ethic, not on their ability to brown nose. You're glorifying the wrong people.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    So-so

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Tuition for self and family too. About a month of vacation. The work wasn't boring. Lots of great training opportunities.

    Cons

    Some of the most petty and unprofessional management I've ever been trapped under. Pay is about 60% of market. Good people have been leaving in droves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some courses on effective conflict resolution, then do that stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing experience in a very organized enviroment where scientific research is a must

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    People around you are nice and you can Work in a team without competition or stress
    Facilities are new and well organized
    You have almost everything you need around you

    Cons

    St. Louis is not the biggest city of the world so Unless you dont Work too much to Hang out, after a while you can maybe get bored, but only after a long while

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great for graduate studies

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

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

    Pros

    Small size; excellent faculty members; top-notch medical research; beautiful campus with Forest Park close by.

    Cons

    Sometimes the safety in some neighborhood is not that great.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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