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University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  1. "Info Mrg"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice culture. Love the university mission.

    Cons

    Overworked - work life balance is a must.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Management sucks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time

    Pros

    The students are really great

    Cons

    The management is worse than awful

  3. "Housefellow"

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    Former Employee - House Fellow in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - House Fellow in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time

    Pros

    You get paid to do nothing.

    Cons

    Your weekends will suck if you live at South East.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Only pays to work here if you are in administration."

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Scientist in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule

    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Low pay for the science staff that keeps the University research enterprise running.

    The top faculty have left or are leaving. Can't attract new top faculty to replace them.

    A new HR system that only rewards administrative staff, ensuring they are paid market wages while those actually fulfilling the written mission of the university are paid half as much.

    Science and research arm of University is likely to collapse soon simply because they refuse to pay fair wages to scientific staff, which prevents retention of good staff or ability to attract new high quality staff.

    Way too much emphasis placed on diversity issues. There are far more important factors that will cripple the institution faster.

    Advice to Management

    All you care about is admin staff, which is clear from the fact that they get both raises and higher compensation despite not contributing to the University mission. I will be happy to see the University come crashing down from a distance.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "ART"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time

    Pros

    Paycheck until you find a worthwhile employer

    Cons

    Do not respect people as individuals

    Advice to Management

    If a subordinate reports a problem you should listen


  6. "Work five jobs for the price of less than one!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to interact with a number of different scientists from a variety of different fields.

    Cons

    You will never have time to interact with these scientists until your later years of graduate school because you will be working 80+ hours a week.
    Advisors are unforgiving, and often unavailable if they have tenure.
    Most other graduate students are self absorbed in their own work (can't blame them) so it's quite lonely.


  7. "It could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers
    Incentative bonus
    Overtime is available in some departments
    Supervisor is understanding

    Cons

    Benefits do not work at most offices especially dental
    Pay is horrible
    Management does not care to listen to employee it's all about the dollar instead of the people.
    We give so much money to non-profits who give the money to people that make the same amount as us.
    Parking at the Edgewater is confusion

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees we have many ideas to offer since we are on the frontline. We are rarely get a listening ear.

  8. "Scout is basically a scam at the taxpayer's expense"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Scout is fine is your idea of work is scamming a government grant trying to appear to do work rather than actually doing anything that works.

    Cons

    Ed Almasy is a nightmare to work with. He comes in for a few hours on Fridays. He's milking a government grant with no supervision and nothing to show for millions of dollars in funding. The so-called software they produce to index STEM resources is done by hand like Yahoo back in the 1990s but should be automated by technology.

    Advice to Management

    Develop some integrity and build something that's actually useful and used by people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid if you are in science or research"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Researcher in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are generally nice, most of us try our best to help each other. Decent vacation benefits.they do provide heathcare.

    Cons

    Where to begin. The university is declining quite rapidly. The biggest issue is that scientific staff are treated like garbage by the University as a whole, and the salary you will receive is commensurate with that. Not surprising as the number of science staff has dropped in half, while the administrative budget has somehow ballooned 500%. The university seems to want to invest in administrators and office staff, and pay them twice what the scientists and researchers make, even though the science staff are the ones working long hours to bring money back to the university in the way of grants. What is worse is that the chancellor, numerous deans and execs seem to be proponents of this model, that way they can continue to justify to the state why they need more state funding. Since 99% of science staff are paid from fed grants, it only makes sense to double the salaries of those paid from state funds.

    They are implementing a new HR system going on 4 years now, which will further increase the inequity between the doers ( scientists), and the takers(office staff). Most of us can't wait for that. Science staff have zero representation, unless you consider a secretary or dept administrator with a degree in email sending "representation". There is zero transparency here. If you want a raise, or promotion, good luck. HR has made sure to hide what it wants, so that fewer people can get raises/promotions, unless of course you are in HR and administration, then you know how to do it and are assured a good raise every year.

    Where else outside a major metro area can you be charge 1K a year to park 3 blocks from work?

    It is a major academic institution, so obviously there are ZERO education benefits. The University offers nothing in the way of tuition discounts for employees. Want to earn more education?, better get your checkbook out.

    If you are looking to do science or research, and make a living, go somewhere else. This is not the place.

    Advice to Management

    The only way to save the university is to flip it upside down. Pay all scientists and researchers with state money, and administration jobs should be dependent on how much grant money is brought in. A research institution can survive without administrators, but I have not seen one survive without scientists.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Serious Diversity Issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits that are being eroded.

    Cons

    One caveat: Based on my experience. To attract and retain top talent there has to be concerted efforts to diversify not simply go through the motions. Incompetence requires a lack of integrity to create the illusion that work is being performed. All the resources managed by an incompetent person are automatically mismanaged.

    Advice to Management

    There is great potential if the administration really wants to change and have a more profound impact in the state of Wisconsin. There are serious diversity issues in the state of Wisconsin and it seems to be by the university.


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