Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly. They are willing to teach and learn within the group all the time. Enthusiastic about their work no matter how many years they've been in their positions. My colleagues teach me the idea behind their research instead of just merely ask me to do something.

    Cons

    I cannot come up with any downside for my part-time job. I gain great work experience here before I apply for any other jobs.

    Advice to Management

    It's well managed. There is weekly lab meeting so that every one stays on track.


  2. Working Culture

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best place to work, Very friendly people, Excellent resources

    Cons

    Compensation benefits are less, salary is less compare to other places.


  3. Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great research, brilliant people, lots of funding, comfortable place to live

    Cons

    need to be very proactive at gaining experiences you need to prepare for your career


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  5. Department Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, intelligent, professional environment

    Cons

    Silos in organization limit communication, opportunities, working together for the good of the organization


  6. Standard

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and environment. Nice community

    Cons

    Pay is not the best, but typical to a postdoc salary


  7. Custodian

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    Current Employee - Custodian in Cahokia, IL
    Current Employee - Custodian in Cahokia, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I would to work at Washington U

    Cons

    Don't know any heard it was a great place to work


  8. Administrative Coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Office Manager/Financial Administrative Coordinator in Saint Charles, MO
    Current Employee - Office Manager/Financial Administrative Coordinator in Saint Charles, MO
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for you and your family

    Cons

    lower salaries that could be higher

    Advice to Management

    get current with salaries for staff


  9. Each Department is it's Own Sheriff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Billing Manager
    Former Employee - Billing Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    22 Vacation days; Sick time is separate. Tuition benefits for employee, partner and children. Good reputation.

    Cons

    Centralized HR is ineffective. Each department can create and enforce rules as they see fit. Employees have no recourse when they have experienced or witnessed unfair practices.

    Advice to Management

    Empower and respect employees


  10. senior research technician

    Current Employee - Senior Research Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Research Technician in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    vacation time is fairly generous, and, after introductory period (2 years), employer contribution to retirement is nice

    Cons

    As in academic research everywhere, the job is demanding. If you want set hours and a regular schedule, this is not for you.


  11. Helpful (1)

    if you have kids about to go to college great. otherwise, work somewhere else

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    22 days vacation dependent tuition assistance free metrolink pass

    Cons

    tuition assistance for employees is for show - degree options are limited to UCollege (and there's only a few mostly useless options to pick from, like Anthropology. Not allowed to enroll in any of the 'real' programs as WU if you're a day employee. expensive parking even though they own the lots pay is lower than industry health insurance is high compared to other companies in the area high stress if you're in IT because reorg and secretive IT leadership

    Advice to Management

    look up the word 'transparency' in the dictionary. pause all new projects until reorg is completed. hire some proven leaders from outside - current mgmt is struggling



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