I have been working at Medical College of Wisconsin full-time (More than 8 years)
Though some will complain that benefits aren't as good as they once were, for many staff they are still very good/competitive in current market. It offers an opportunity to work in an environment where individuals, be them faculty, researchers, or staff can all contribute to initiatives that improve health, education, research and patient care.
Research support is poor. There are few staff opportunities for advancement. Professional development is preached but seldom practiced. Annual performance evaluations as currently implemented are abstract, subjective and borderline useless to management and staff alike. Some areas like IS and HR are high turnover and understaffed. Compensation and culture vary from area to area. The worst are quite bad, but the best are outstanding. MCW is massive, but this explains why reviews and experiences differ so widely.
Advice to Management
Talent is the defining resource of your institution. Don't bother with engagement surveys only to be defensive about the results. If you see a division or department with high turnover, it's an indictment of the culture there, and leadership must answer for it. In my time at MCW I've worked both for my best and worst supervisors in 20 years.
I worked at Medical College of Wisconsin (More than 10 years)
It is a very well known Business and offers a chance to move up into a position you are interested in.
Never had any problems there.
I worked at Medical College of Wisconsin part-time (More than 3 years)
Great working with people passionate about patient care.
Need more options for work life balance.
I worked at Medical College of Wisconsin as a contractor (Less than a year)
There are many departments that and enjoyable staff. Overall, it is well run, a beautiful facility and working interdepartmentally is great.
My department allowed select persons privileges that they shouldn't have had including treating coworkers badly. It made for an extremely negative work environment. There were no direct supervisors to oversee what was taking place in the office, and they went by word of mouth. Therefore, there were a lot of underhanded behaviors taking place.
I worked at Medical College of Wisconsin as a contractor (More than 3 years)
Bright coworkers, most people passionate about what they are doing, ability to make a difference in the lives of others, interesting work.
Hard to think of a con ... maybe lack of clear path to advancement.
I have been working at Medical College of Wisconsin full-time (Less than a year)
Academia, so not too rigorous, pretty laid back, pretty good benefits
Sick days accrue very slowly
I worked at Medical College of Wisconsin full-time (Less than a year)
Some people were nice. I was a temp who received 1 day of training due to an emergency need. I was expected to know the job as if I had full training. I was promised if I did a good job I would be recommended for a permanent position; however, I was not given the training necessary to be efficient. Therefore, when I took to long to figure out where a document went, who should receive notification of a call, or how to upload CDs (because I needed to find someone myself to teach me) I was interrogated, questioned about the work flow I had, and my process for doing everything. If I asked how to do something, 99% of the time whatever it was, was taken out of my hand and I was told they (other AA'S) would do it. I was expected to know the urgency of certain documents and CD uploading without being told anything about the importance of the processes.
There was no one willing to teach me anything. It was easier for the manager to come down and interrogate me rather than taking the time to teach me anything. If I asked one group of people, whom I was encouraged to ask for direction by the person who trained me for 1 day, I was reprimanded. I did not know the appropriate chain of command and I was doing what I was told to do. Nonetheless, at every turn, I was criticized. With every task that I made a small mistake in, that task was taken away from me rather than someone helping me understand how to complete the task and what the priority level was. This was once an organization I hoped to become employed with, today, I am glad I walked out. There was no way I was given what I needed to succeed, much less, the ability to do a good job and be recommended for a permanent position.
Advice to Management
Rather than just trying to fill a position with a body, take into consideration that person is there to assist the organization in getting over it's temporary need. That body you have placed in that role temporarily is a human being who most likely has the desire to succeed. Rather than just interrogating a person (who is trying to process a bunch of information and is in an entirely different culture) have some compassion when that person is not able to articulate exactly what you are asking because he/she has only had one day of training and been present fir 3 weeks. It is ridiculous how I was made to feel and I am sorry I even bothered helping the way I did because now I could never work there, even if I wanted to.
I worked at Medical College of Wisconsin full-time (More than a year)
I enjoyed the people within my department. The pay was decent enough for the work that I was doing.
No growth or development opportunities. Not treated with respect from others outside of my department
Advice to Management
Everyone is a valued employee
I have been working at Medical College of Wisconsin full-time (More than 3 years)
The department I'm in seems to be very family friendly, aiming to have a true work-life balance.
Recent switch in vacation and Sick Time accrual. Went from 24 sick days per year down to 7 days. However, in the same move I went from 17 to 20 days of vacation time.
I have been working at Medical College of Wisconsin full-time (More than 5 years)
Great lab facilities - spacious lab benches, windows
Access to core facilities
Most major holidays off
Non-competitive salaries and personal time (16 days annually)
Diminishing benefits (significantly reduced sick time), annual increases in health/vision/dental insurance
Basic science research secondary to the institute's other goals
Experiences will be heavily department specific:
Very little career progression available
Heavy expectations for after hours and weekend availability
Department has a history of not retaining talent (combined effects of mismanagement, lack of career progression and uncompetitive salaries)
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