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University of Wisconsin-Madison Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca M. Blank
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  1. "Might be ok for starting your career - but don't get stuck there"

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

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Your experience will depend completely on the school/division and department that you work for. Overall pros include:
    * It's a big place, with new job openings every day, so there is lots of room to move up and laterally.
    * The Union/Terrace - great place to chill and have meetings
    * Pretty good benefits (although they used to be better)
    * Good place to start your career

    Cons

    UW suffers every year from budget cuts, so there is not as much stability as there used to be, salaries are not competitive, and benefits have been cut. Also - I'd give it low marks on diversity and cultural competency.

    Advice to Management

    My overall advice would be to better position the UW among the Big 10, because it is currently close to the lowest for employee compensation. A lot of talent is leaving or has already left because of this.


  2. "Institute for higher learning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for growth and professional development

    Cons

    Ambiguity in milestones and deadlines

  3. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Gorgeous campus and fun city to live in. Lots of top level research going on in many different fields.

    Cons

    University is slowly losing state funding, state is pushing for more control over the university system, benefits get worse every year.


  4. "Research Associate - Wisconsin Center for Education Research"

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

    I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Smart colleagues. Access to various resources on campus.

    Cons

    Research salaries low given required education credentials.


  5. "IT Helpdesk Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location, great work/life balance, opportunities to join development groups across campus; can commiserate with others are you are all in the same boat

    Cons

    little to no collaboration among departments; IT seen as a service, not as an integral part of the business; no communication from leaders to those in the field

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring Yes People and start looking for innovators; take care of your good employees, and take a chance once in a while


  6. "Professsor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great community, incredible colleagues, flexibility, autonomy

    Cons

    salaries have been stagnant for 5-8 years, little support of state government for continued development of university, poor morale


  7. "phd STEM graduate research assistant"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professors are excellent research scientists. World class experiments and lab facilities. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Graduate students are often exploited. Long hours and low pay. Many students crammed into windowless rooms and expected to be productive. Afterwards, few postdocs and even fewer positions as research scientists or professors.

    Advice to Management

    Move away from paradigm that expects graduate students to perform bulk of academic research since they are "cheap".

  8. "Graduate student research assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    If you have a good graduate school advisor, you situation will be good. But a lot of your success and happiness working here is in the hands of that advisor, so make sure you find a good one.

    Cons

    The TAA (teaching assistant union) lost a lot of power when Gov. Walker stripped them of their collective bargaining rights and so while they try their best to advocate on behalf of graduate students, their voice is slowly being stifled.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the TAA and listen to their demands.


  9. "Contractor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Health insurance, bus pass, PTO

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Little input from supervisor.


  10. "Slow pace, beaurocratic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacations. Potential for growth and exposure to a matrix based environment

    Cons

    Large organization with very little communication between various groups. Pace is slow.


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