Washington University in St. Louis

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Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
307 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.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great for graduate studies

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Great workplace

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Editor in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful campus, positive attitude in co-workers and boss, nice collaborative atmosphere. I worked in several public relations departments and had a great experience in each. The low turnover rate is proof that this is a good place to work, and where employees are valued highly.

    Cons

    Parking is a pain but otherwise no cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Academic Research Institution

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    This is a great academic research institution. There are tons of resources and knowledgeable individuals. Great career development opportunities.

    Cons

    Limited room for promotion, physically demanding work. Lots of construction happening on campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Student Research Assistant

    • Culture & Values
    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

    The people involved in my research lab are all very passionate about their work. It is a great environment to get involved, and the professors are understanding if you have conflicts during a lab meeting.

    Cons

    Long hours when you're running a lab study, but this is only a few weeks per semester. And sometimes running the labs can be fun. Nothing especially negative about this experience!

  8.  

    Great place to work with great people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and employee programs are nice. They are very interested in the well-being of their staff. It's easy to get to work with the MetroLink.

    Cons

    Some of the paperwork you have to do repeatedly (effort verification) can be tedious. But overall, there really aren't a whole lot of cons.

  9.  

    Very good for the most part

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Standard of research is world-class; great learning environment without a short supply of mentors.

    Cons

    Very productivity driven; too fast-paced! Bottom-line is all that matters!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more holistic approach to encourage junior faculty and up and coming researchers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Research Technician II

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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

    working time is flexible and easy

    Cons

    low salary, no advance to move upward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Former TA from the Engineering School

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Got to pick my own hours
    Enjoyed working with students
    Pay is reasonable for student-salary

    Cons

    You have to find another work-study if you want to make more.
    There's no downtime to work on other things unlike other student jobs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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