Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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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. TA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very laid back, could do often do homework during office hours if no one showed up when in the lab.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't great, but that's to be expected from a taing gig. would recommend to underclassmen but probably not upperclassmen

  2. Laboratory Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed collaborative atmosphere, outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    Less pay than industry but benefits can bridge this.

  3. Research Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very close to home and helped improve my research skills

    Cons

    PI did not get enough money for good research projects

    Advice to Management

    n/a

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  5. a great place to work; centrally located; relaxed atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

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

    Pros

    tuition benefit and flexible schedules

    Cons

    lack of career path; decentralized which causes inconsistencies

    Advice to Management

    set up a promotion policy

  6. Great place for graduate research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

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

    Pros

    Great resources, helpful professors, variety of course selections, beautiful and quiet campus, friendly people, genius students, reasonable teacher to student ratio

    Cons

    Located in St. Louis, do not have much engineering companies when engineering students search for jobs, weather changes a lot

  7. I work in the Washington University Career Center which is a fabulous office.

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    Current Employee - Career Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Career Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great location and beautiful campus. Working with students and helping them is very fun and fulfilling. Lots of resources.

    Cons

    Because I work part time, I am not eligible for the generous benefits that WU offers to full time employees.

  8. PhD Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Diverse and interdisciplinary research area available

    Cons

    The city is little limited

  9. As a Ph.D. student, I had highs and lows, it depends on who your Ph.D. advisor is.

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    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

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

    Pros

    high quality academics; leading researchers; friendly people; excellent facilities; gorgeous campus

    Cons

    some people are not friendly; ambitious; competitive; not great name recognition in some areas

    Advice to Management

    provide better advising to Ph.D. students outside of their dissertation advisor and more structure and oversight of Ph.D. students

  10. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Higher pay then public school. Free, relaxed living and working environment. Love the place. Good medical care. Good supporting officers. Good charity.

    Cons

    Boring living surounding. Poor public transportation. Many robs, rapes, break-ins on streets. Everytime there is a crime, the description of criminals are the same. So you know what kind of people you want to avoid. Bad dental care. Poor police force. Some rude people on metro hitting innocent men and touching girls butts. So be careful especially alone.

    Advice to Management

    It's important to get funding. And usually it takes 20 years for other researchers find out some papers are not repeatable. But try to use less papersmithship and make some repeatable research.

  11. Administrative Assistant

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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable health insurance, free tuition, 22 days of vacation after 6 months probation. A few good co-workers.

    Cons

    Manager is unreasonable. Admin positions are a revolving door largely due to the treatment of employees by management. Management does not allow certain individuals to use earned vacation. Management shows bias to some employees and works others unfairly. Manager cheats individuals out of earned hours.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair, treat everyone with respect.

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