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Vanderbilt University Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Vanderbilt has a beautiful campus - it's a national arboretum (in 29 reviews)

  • Great community of researchers, wonderful campus location, good benefits (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay does not keep up with increased demands and cost of living (in 10 reviews)

  • politics, academic bureaucracy, low pay (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Vanderbilt is a great place to work as a graduate student. The stipend is enough to live off of and you get the benefits of the undergraduates such as health care.

    Cons

    You don't however, get the faculty benefits of a 401k, paid time off, etc. but I don't think many students would expect this.

    Advice to Management

    Everything, including choosing a lab you'll work in for the next 4+ years is exremely independent and it would have been nice to have some guidence.


  2. "great research institute"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of research opportunities, funding, and support

    Cons

    Expensive school, competitive employment, the Medical Center is mixed in with the University, populated with patients and patient care

  3. "Once was a Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vanderbilt University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits - are abive average but decline each year

    Cons

    Discriminates against older employees and those with disabilities

    Advice to Management

    Follow employment laws


  4. "Research At the Hospital"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Facilities that foster collaboration

    Cons

    Heath-care in TN, One cost of living increase in 3 years. Red tape to get simple things like computers.

    Advice to Management

    Dont spend 10 hours of work to save $5. Everyone's time is worth more


  5. "A well oiled Machine. Not for the creative types."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vanderbilt University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits for all employees from health to a turkey for Thanksgiving! Great co-workers.

    Cons

    No ability to grow of change much of anything


  6. "Postdoctoral Research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional, multicultural, state of the art scientific equipment

    Cons

    Low Salary, not much room to grow if you are postdoctoral research scientist


  7. "Vanderbilt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thompsons Station, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thompsons Station, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The tuition benefit for my kids.

    Cons

    I hate paying for parking. Working as an exempt employee but having no flexibility.

  8. "Still a strong employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stimulating environment, varied project load

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions, politics


  9. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great sense of community, management is great, cares about your input, friendly stuff, and flexible.

    Cons

    Harder to get raises especially if you are close to "max out" on your pay cap. Do not often recognize employees for accomplishments or a job well done.

    Advice to Management

    When seeking employee feedback, especially when everyone is encouraged to participate, please make sure that you share the results for all.


  10. "Teaching Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, lots of learning in a fun environment.

    Cons

    Depends on your professor, kids can be a little hard to deal with. Work comes in big waves.

    Advice to Management

    A little more communication with the TAs, just check in on them a little more.


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