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University of Wisconsin Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, variety of work, potential for other opportunities (in 24 reviews)

  • good benefits, great place to live, university is one of the top in the country, good people in the trenches (in 17 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. "Standard Big Research School"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Good Experiance"

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    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.


  3. "Great place for student and teaching assistants"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    As a student, there is a fantastic social scene and a strong culture of balancing your studies with having a life. Classes challenge you to learn.

    Cons

    The environment is very liberal and can result in reluctance to vocalize conservative opinions or advocating conservative ideals

    Advice to Management

    Try to ensure that the faculty to a better job of making sure their political opinions do effect the content of their teaching. Or, if they have to cover issues steeped in politics, make sure the cover the issues in a balanced way.


  4. "Salary"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in La Crosse, WI
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in La Crosse, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good retirement and health benefits
    good working environment

    Cons

    No raises! Lower than median salaries


  5. "Grad student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good school; lots of fun things to do around town. Usually, interesting people at school. Lots of libraries for which to work

    Cons

    Work; the winters are brutal. The summers are quite nice though. The atmosphere is nice--air quality is high.

    Advice to Management

    Management is political. Obviously can be improved but that requires legislative action. Who knows?


  6. "Unfortunate"

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    Former Employee - Office Associate in Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - Office Associate in Eau Claire, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Wisconsin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Received a paycheck but other than that the quality of leadership was extremely poor.

    Cons

    Co-workers were good, hard working people and it was unfortunate to see so many suffer under poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to square one and learn what integrity means....this should be a building block for any management position.


  7. "3 years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Generally, the research funding is good, and most device you need is available. You can arrange your own time.

    Cons

    The salary is low, and the research pressure is intense. The field is very competitive, and you have to be quick. So many people works day and night.

    Advice to Management

    The management should recruit less peoole, and figure out what kind of people they really want. There is no person who knows everything.


  8. "Research Specialist (SMPH)"

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (healthcare, retirement matching, and vacation) but slightly eroded over the past decade.

    Cons

    Pay for certain positions does not keep up with increases in cost of living. Processing a raise in the bureaucracy can be like pulling teeth sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Hold the benefits or increase salary but if either go in the wrong direction without the other improving, not many people will want to work here anymore even if you call yourself a world class institution.


  9. "Telephone conducted survey interviewer review"

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    Former Employee - Survey Research Interviewer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Survey Research Interviewer in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Wisconsin part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is good, especially if you're a student. Raises are given twice a year based on performance. Coworkers are interesting people, shifts leaders are usually friendly. You're conducting academic studies so you're technically collecting data which is great to put on your resume. You gain telephone communication skills, heighten attention to detail,and knowledge about survey research. This kind of survey research isn't marketing or reviews, it's all academic. Examples include, health surveys from the CDC or an asthma survey for a study conducted by UW-Madison. It's really cool to be conducting survey's for such notable clients. This company is one of the best survey centers in the US.

    Cons

    You're basically a telemarketer but instead of selling stuff, you're trying to get people to take an academic survey. You make tons of phones calls and most of the time, people are rude or hang up on you. There's a lot of rejection (if you're not good with rejection, this job is definitely not for you). The work is repetitive. You make a bazillion calls a day. There is one study everyone knows and you'll be calling that study for a few months until you learn how to conduct other studies. That means you read the same questions over and over again (if someone picks up and agrees to do the survey with you). Some surveys are 5-45 mins long; some even last an hour. You have to remain objective, it's part of survey research. If you're not a student, you're an LTE. LTE's only get 20 hrs/week and get capped at a certain wage. All shifts are 4 hours with a min of 12 hours a week. You're required to work at least weekend shift. Week day hours are 9-1, 1-5, or 5-9. You can't have any other hours. This makes scheduling extremely inconvenient.


  10. "Good place to work for students"

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

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

    Pros

    Lets you balance course work and employment. You get to decide your schedule.The job is not very stressful and you can take the job at your own pace most of the time.

    Cons

    It is hard to advance to a supervisor position. The management at the dining halls are usually to oblivious to recognize the effort that students put in.


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