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University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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  • Low pay, typically academic bureaucracy, etc (in 28 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is difficult to maintain (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Epitaph for a once-great intitution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time

    Pros

    Great reserachers, intellectually vibrant community, outstanding stuents.

    Cons

    Morale, governance, research, teaching, everything at the University is going downhill because of Governor Scott Walker.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!


  8. "The university should give its TAs better pay."

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

    Pros

    No pros so far. TAing can be demanding if you're a first year.

    Cons

    Low pay, compared to other graduate schools.


  9. "The politics is so vicious because the stakes are so small"

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    Former Employee - Director in Rochester, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Rochester, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Access to some of the best ice cream you have ever eaten. Also, some of the people who work there are very nice. But only some. And it's not always easy to tell.

    Cons

    Deeply political, back-biting and sniping staff. Depending on your department, you may find yourself trapped in a cubicle wishing death would soon arrive.

    Advice to Management

    Try to remember that "human resources," are actually people. Working for you almost sent me to the loony bin. Loyalty and honesty may be words worth looking up.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Academic staff treated as 3rd class citizen by tenure track faculty and administration."

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    Current Employee - Faculty Associate in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Faculty Associate in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Madison (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None, absolutely none at the university. Madison is a nice town to live in.

    Cons

    Hierarchy ruled by tenured faculty and overpaid administrators, low salary and very poor working conditions (lack of morale, constant budget cuts, outdated facilities)

    Advice to Management

    Academic staff with equivalent degrees experience as tenure line faculty should not be paid less and treated so poorly. Shameful!


  11. "UW-Madison"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Graduate Student Services in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Director of Graduate Student Services in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are willing to help with projects; just need to ask. Faculty are creative, hard-working, and invested in their students.

    Cons

    State of WI politics are not supportive of the University.



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