Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

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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. Great place to grow

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Good funding, great support system, lots of resources

    Cons

    There isn't much negative to say. I would say recommend (as I say below) providing better opportunities to help graduate students explore all their career options (not just academia)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in helping graduate PhDs find non-academic jobs. I know staying in academia is the norm, but with the lack of available opportunities, students are exploring outside their comfort zones. It's tough, and some support would be nice to ease the feeling that we did years and years of extra schooling only to be left out in the cold.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Working at this instiution has been amazing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Diverse campus
    Very relevant programming and opportunities for professional development
    Highly connected
    Great benefits
    Collaboration amongst departments and continual bridging

    Cons

    Cultural diversity amongst faculty and staff...however it is improving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. A great place to be both a graduate student and employee.

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great collaborative environment, highly supportive mentors, lots of support for whatever crazy idea you would like try (in terms of research). Many faculty have connections to companies and startups in the St. Louis area.

    Cons

    If your relationship with your mentor falls apart, the university is small enough that you may find it difficult to find someone else to work with in the same field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advancement within the university is limited to faculty type positions. Increasing dependence on adjunct positions may limit potential advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Very nice place to work.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Very good place to work, professional stuff and working style. Lots of things to learn in the hospital and medical school.

    Cons

    City and location, Affordable place but the safety is sometimes an issue.

  6. N/A

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    mechanical engineering. Course program. Take course.

    Cons

    Finished in Dec, 2014. Now no job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Details are in the benefits...

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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

    Pros

    WUSTL offers wonderful benefits to its employers, health plans, generous vacation days, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Salary is commensurate with the cost-of-living in St. Louis, adding a low-ball sticker shock for many in academia. Parking on campus for employees is some of the worst you'll ever have!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great benefits, poor management

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    Current Employee - Information Systems in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Information Systems in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Benefits include 22 days vacation, 12 days sick, 8 holidays, great healthcare benefits, great employees, tuition reimbursement for you, your spouse, and children, 7% 403b match, which bumps higher when you hit 10 years, etc

    Cons

    Management is something to be desired. Lack of communication, lies, no concern for yearly reviews, favoritism, no reasoning of raises, no pay for performance, you won't be able to tell how the departments have made it so long on such poor operations from the top. HR is another sore to be weary of, with any concerns being voiced back to management with your name attached only to cause disdain from peers and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove/replace/retrain management. Talk to the employees who know what's going on. Pay for performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Washington University is a wonderful environment to work in.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, supportive administration, great mission

    Cons

    No cons to the enviroment

    Recommends
  10. Wonderful work being done here!

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant II in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant II in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Washington University is one of the best in the academic field and they are doing a great deal of very important research. That makes it easy to feel like your work really matters.

    Cons

    Moving from one department to the next can be challenging as policies and things can be drastically different from one place to the next.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Being a master's student at Wash U was great.

    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Small class sizes, approachable faculty, and experts in various industries all contributed to a positive experience. Additionally the class schedules worked around my full-time job.

    Cons

    Not many cons to speak of regarding the university. I enjoyed my experience. I do wish that I had participated in more extra curricular activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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