Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. WUSTL

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This employer is family-friendly.

    Cons

    The work schedule can be less than flexible.


  2. Working environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good education opportunity
    Friendly working environment
    Good working benefits, including health insurance

    Cons

    Decreases in NIH budget resulting in less job and less salary


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits at Washington University are really good. 22 days of vacation, 10 days of sick time, personal days if you don't use your sick time. 403B, they contribute 7%.

    Cons

    I have found it hard to move up in the company. I had 63 resumes in before I got a single call for an interview. Took me over a year to find something new.

    Advice to Management

    Remind your employees that they are valued and not just replaceable.


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    salary, vacation, sick leave, tuition for children, treated well by employer

    Cons

    I work long days, but only 4 per week


  6. Not Bad

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Reasonably casual work environment. Good educational benefits.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay the best in the industry. Not using more current technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Get more current technologies.


  7. Good work environment, poor bureaucracy

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

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

    Pros

    great work environment, friendly researchers and wonderful opportunities. Lots of resources for student workers

    Cons

    Getting anything from HR is like pulling teeth. It took weeks to fix a problem with my paycheck


  8. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professional development opportunities, competent faculty and staff that are always willing to assist, dependent child tuition, great environment, great health benefits that are also affordable, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Some departments are not open to telecommuting


  9. Decent entry level opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment enabling work and family life balance. Good retirement contributions and awesome tuition benefit.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standard. Annual salary adjustment has been just over 1% for many years. Little reward for length of service.


  10. Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Pros is there are several opportunities for advancement and promotion from analyst to higher positions and between departments, and very good company benefits - tuition, paid time off, and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Con is although the benefits are very good at WU, the salaries of accountants/ analysts and beyond in financial positions are CONSIDERABLY less than working in corporate positions.

    Advice to Management

    The culture at WU varies from department to department, and is not consistent. Instill /communicate/promote a University culture from the top down so that all employees understand and strive and are proud to contribute to the University Mission.


  11. Great place for research, no shortage of resources or expertise.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Pros

    The particular group I work in is very open and all the PIs are very accessible with open door policies. There are no shortage of resources to perform your research. There also lots of career development programs, seminars, etc. for aspiring academics.

    Cons

    Experiences vary greatly depending on the professor in charge of the lab. Not a lot of resources for non-academic track individuals, especially on the medical campus.



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