Washington University in St. Louis

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Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
338 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 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.  

    Fantastic place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Strong intellectual and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Wish there were more diversity in hiring (more female and minority at high levels)

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    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Very happy, staff was super friendly, wonderful working environment, lots of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    none, the job was perfect and exactly what i was looking for at the time of my internship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Opportunity for the patient

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Getting in the door may be difficult, but once you're in, you have a good chance to move within the university. In the meantime, soak up the history and culture; it makes you a much more valuable asset. When another opportunity arises, you're that much more suited for the position.

    Cons

    Faculty are the stars of the show, and it seems the administration doesn't fully value the high-quality work of staff. That's probably expected at an elite university, but we could do better. Also, don't apply here if you're looking to get rich (unless you're faculty).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the efforts of staff who demonstrably contribute more to the university than their colleagues -- make it known ($$$) that it's worth it to give more than the bare minimum to your job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Benefits, low stress, prestigious, internal promotions, celebrate tenured staff, free tuition

    Cons

    No definite career path, lack of faculty and staff integration, title can prevent internal promotion, applications go into a black hole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly and collaborative research atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Computational Fluid Dynamics Researcher in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Computational Fluid Dynamics Researcher in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities and people, professors who work with you closely to direct your research in meaningful ways, great networking opportunities, Holmes Lounge Carvery Wraps.

    Cons

    Limited pay, deadlines to meet and papers to write, difficult learning curves to get involved in CFD, no guarantee of future employment,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I was a summer research fellow, worked full-time for a 3-month internship.

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The faculty I worked with love their field of study and have a real passion for working with students.
    Faculty encourage students to find a health work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some students have superiority complexes and are socially inept. Don't get me wrong: most are nice people. They're just not the most pleasant company for parties.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, not so great salary.

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health insurance, dental insurance, vision coverage, etc. They will match up to 7% in 403b contributions after two years employment. Full tuition at Wash U for dependents or half of Wash U's tuition towards another school after a certain number of years. 22 paid vacation days a year.

    Cons

    Trying to use FMLA leave was kind of a hassle. Salary leaves much to be desired. Didn't see any prospects for advancing my career. There are tuition benefits for the employee, but they are limited to using the University college, whose classes are rather limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost of living raises would be nice, especially for those employees at the lower end of the pay scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice environment and friendly people to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Nice environment. People are willing to help

    Cons

    construction going on at some places

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Excellent research environment at a top university

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    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    School of Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis offers flexibility, good work-life balance and great benefits.I am passionate about innovative research and advancement of human health, WashU is a great place to be if these causes are close to your heart. Incredibly bright and talented faculty and dedicated staff.

    Cons

    Extremely decentralized organization, lots of process improvement solutions needed to eliminate redundancy and inefficiencies.
    Salaries do not follow the going market rate. People often stay for the benefits and job security. Many of those who want to truly excel professionally and expect a level of remuneration appropriate with their experience and education are forced to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Negative trends across the smaller departments - micromanagement, lack of employee empowerment and engagement, very little effort to support staff training and development.
    Negative trends across the larger departments - decentralized chaos, lack of communication, administrative redundancy and inefficiency, waste of resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Love it. The benefits are great!

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

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis

    Pros

    Big company. 4 weeks vacation.

    Cons

    Interview process is slow. But ok

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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