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University of Wisconsin Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, variety of work, potential for other opportunities (in 24 reviews)

  • Great place to meet people and get more involved in the school (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance hard to maintain (in 5 reviews)

  • university has lots of budget cuts and farlough days for employees in recent days (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Research Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits
    good experience for starting career

    Cons

    low salary
    academic funding prevents advancement and career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    get rid of title system linked to academic degree


  2. "Graduate student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They accepted me and I don't have to pay tuition

    Cons

    I'm a graduate student and will be in school until I'm 29.

    Advice to Management

    Pay graduate students more


  3. "Operations and Management Lecturer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Actuarial Consultant in Shakopee, MN
    Current Employee - Actuarial Consultant in Shakopee, MN

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, competitive salary

    Cons

    In a small town like Menomonie


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  5. "Academic staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outreach Specialist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Outreach Specialist in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, most positions have a somewhat flexible schedule, place of exciting ideas and students, terrific reputation

    Cons

    No training for managers results in very poor human resources management, weed out culture, not inclusive, often low morale due to poor people management and frequent budget cuts, enormous bureaucracy barriers to accomplish goals

    Advice to Management

    Value all of the unique possible contributions each and every employee could make


  6. "Profesfor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent public university, fun city

    Cons

    Funding from state being cutback


  7. "Biological PhD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The graduate research programs are nationally ranked, your stipend will go a long way in Wisconsin, healthcare coverage is great, labs are well funded, and Madison is beautiful in the spring/summer months. The Wisconsin Idea is awesome and allows students to participate in lots of outreach opportunities. There is a lot of support to graduate students who wish to go down a non-traditional career path.

    Cons

    The recent budget cuts to the UW-Madison and changes to tenure policy has and will continue to be a barrier to attracting/retaining top-level researchers. The winters in Madison are pretty awful if you aren't used to Midwest winters.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen tenure security if you want to keep Madison one of the top research institutions in the nation. Focus on the Wisconsin Idea instead of cutting away from it. Condense the management so it's easier for professors to navigate and get things done.


  8. "Office Student Supervisor (GDEC)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Gain team building experience
    -Lead large numbers of student employees (600+)
    -Variety of work - both office work as well as floor shifts

    Cons

    The way that University Housing structures the employment hierarchy within the division of dining is not the most efficient. Many of the full time managers aren't helpful or knowledgeable, and the supervisors (students) are often left doing a majority of the work. My position easily could have been a full time job though my job description only said 18-30 (aprox.) hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    The management should talk into consideration the students' abilities. Their work should be appreciated and they should be given constructive criticism rather than condescending remarks when something goes wrong.


  9. "Felt great to help students be successful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Sheboygan, WI
    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Sheboygan, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The school was a very comfortable environment. Everyone worked together tonfind new ways to help students. Also help me get involved in more on campus activities and groups. Great experience.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge was students that didnt want to put the effort in and expected me to do it for them. Another common problem is those who would wait until the last minite to review for a test and expect to understand everything in a short period of time.

    Advice to Management

    Be Consistent and work on collaboration with other schools that have a collaborative program so everyone can be helped when they need it.


  10. "Standard Big Research School"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The University of Wisconsin is your standards research school. There are reasonable support positions here (HR, Financials, etc), but nothing outstanding. The school has made a big show out of establishing Individual Development Plans for students and post-docs, but this is largely a self-driven kind of thing, and the helpfulness of this initiative is largely dependent on how serious you and your PI take it (so, like everything in Grad School / Post Doc positions).

    Cons

    The University of Wisconsin in in the unfortunate position of residing in the state controlled by Gov. Scott Walker. This has a number of unenviable consequences. First, the budget for the university has been slashed, and this will likely continue into the future. Also, Walker legislates from his morality, so certain stem cell techniques are actually illegal now (have been since October 2015), and I personally know three researchers who have had to abandon certain experiments due to this.


  11. "Good Experiance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Undergraduate Research in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Part Time Undergraduate Research in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The position helps to create close relationships with professors, give the employee a deeper understanding of complex topics, and can help to create a passion for a particular discipline and/or make professional goals more clear for the employee.

    Cons

    Given that the work usually takes place during the academic term, it can sometimes distract from rigorous coursework. The compensation for the position isn't unfair, but also is not substantial and can impede a student from taking on more substantive part-time work.

    Advice to Management

    Departments should work to make opportunities readily and clearly available to students. Without a preexisting relationship with a professor it can be difficult to find opportunities.


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