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Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder
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  • Low pay, no free parking, I found very little encouragement to collaborate outside of my immediate research group (in 17 reviews)

  • Parking is expensive, health insurance is so so (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome location!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's great to work at Case Western Reserve University because of it's proximity to University Circle, a unique urban area host to a large concentration of cultural organizations.

    Cons

    Parking can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees seek collaboration opportunities.


  2. "Good Research Positions"

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Satisfying work with interesting scientific fields
    Decent pay
    Friendly advisors

    Cons

    A bit difficult to secure position in the first place

    Advice to Management

    a formalized system for student research would be appreciated.

  3. "Postdoctoral Scholar"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful university, lots of research resources.

    Cons

    Some PI's are wildly unqualified for their current roles.


  4. "Postdoctoral researcher"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cleveland is not expensive, so for graduate school or postdoc is probably a good option. CWRU has a strong medical school, so there are researchers that are pretty well known with high ranked research and publications.

    Cons

    The school is mid size, so you will not have many options. CWRU is a private school, so basically you need to pay for everything. Limited benefits, for example no daycare,


  5. "Great Job, Great Benefits, So-so Pay and Job Security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, forward thinking co-workers, great education benefits.

    Cons

    Older employees feel more vulnerable. Difficult to advance in most positions.


  6. "A great place to work if you don't need the money"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work with some of the brightest minds in the city. Great benefits. Good flexibility and autonomy, with generally enlightened views on training employees. Together with hiring policies this tends to lead to competent employees which are good to work with.

    Cons

    Pay is limited compared to private sector, and there are hard caps on merit raises. Some departments experience infighting (but not most).

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job already, don't rock the boat. Keep focusing on fundraising and try to build systems to ensure survival in the lean years of a feast-or-famine federal government grant environment.


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    "Slow, Old and Seemingly Broke"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - IT Director in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Pay is ultra low, easily 40% below market for most. Ancient processes and turtle like time frames for any simple task. Hiring a person can take over 3 months. It doesn't matter if the position is for a department administrator or a VP. Processes at the University are slow, paper driven and dated. Everything from HR to Purchasing to Legal, everything moves at a snails pace and is something out of the 1950's. Pay is incredibly low in contrast to even local community colleges. Raises are a laughable two percent at there highest level for most employees, which means with inflation you are actually losing money each year. College promotes not on accomplishment, ability or performance, but on how many years one has been with the institution. The first thing a Case employee tells you when meeting them is how many years they have been with the institution. There are many people at Case who haven't had a new idea in 30 years and they're proud of it. Decisions are not made based upon what is best for the institution, but rather what is best for the decision maker and their personal career. Chances to save real money and advance the University are often overlooked or stalled because of one persons desire to protect their turf. Much of the campus infrastructure is aged, everything from network cabling in research buildings to placement of electrical outlets is from the 1960's. The college has fallen behind the IT curve in general and embraces no modern concepts of having things like a project management office for campus, regular training for employees or feedback sessions where employees can let upper management know what issues are plaguing the college. The college operates as though it has no money and is some sort of inner city school district but has money for absurd expenses like full color magazine like documents to communicate what the IT strategy is for the year or some obscure HR program that few attend.

    Advice to Management

    Start by evaluating when it is time to offer the 30 year plus employee a retirement package and bring in new blood. The institution is in dire need of people willing to embrace new ideas and approaches. The same thing that made Case what it is today won't be the same thing that saves it from dying tomorrow.

  8. "Case Research"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Case Western Reserve University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Work Experience to learn skills

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good facility on the compus

    Cons

    Less source on the compus


  10. "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Psychiatry Fellow in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Psychiatry Fellow in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends

    I have been working at Case Western Reserve University full-time

    Pros

    Great supervisors. Reasonable salary. Okay work life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits are not very good.


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