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  • "Great benefits that will hopefully only get better now that the University and Medical Center have split.(in 135 reviews)
  • "I worked with some really great people but many of them got fed up and quit.(in 98 reviews)
  • "Campus is beautiful and life pace is relaxing(in 60 reviews)
  • "Flexible hours and ability to get to know faculty(in 41 reviews)
  • "Friendly staff and HR employees(in 25 reviews)
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  1. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Student Health Insurance declined

    Dec 13, 2016 - PhD Graduate Student in Nashville, TN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible working hours, transportation covered by free bus pass

    Cons

    Graduate Student Health Insurance used to be great and recent changes have made it difficult to pay for specialist office visits and prescriptions.

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  2. 5.0
    Former Contractor

    Fun and good

    Nov 11, 2022 - Area Coordinator 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It was a good summer job

    Cons

    stress and low pay was hard

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Wonderful workplace

    Nov 23, 2010 - Grader 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    prestige and resume booster for students wanting to find a job straight out of college

    Cons

    long hours and a 10 hour per week cap on pay is very discouraging for struggling college students

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Good experience

    Jan 6, 2021 - Analyst 
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    Pros

    Fun people and positive work environment

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and low pay increases

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to start, but watch out for career stalling

    Oct 25, 2010 -  
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    Pros

    Prestige, benefits. Interesting culture; lots of activities going on if you like academia.

    Cons

    MUST have at least a masters degree and preferably PhD to get anywhere beyond basic admin/clerical positions. I was happy in my staff position for 4 or 5 years, but without an advanced degree AND not being on faculty, there's no more room above me. Demands on my job make auditing a class or taking advantage of the tuition benefit nearly impossible. It's easy to get stuck on the hamster wheel if you're staff. I can't even make a lateral move, though I've tried applying to several other jobs within Vanderbilt. Human Resources is no help when trying to expand or change job duties --you will be considered only for jobs that are exactly like what you're already doing. [RANT: If I painted yellow squares on walls and the job I want to apply for says paint blue triangles on floors, I probably would not get past HR's screeners -- they are that dang narrow.] Oh, current software does not allow you to customize your resume and cover letter for every job either. You'd have to find the job, log out, log back in, customize your Res/CL, then re-find the job, then click the APPLY button. Unless you take it upon yourself to stay abreast of new office software, you'll likely fall behind your competitors. Much of the campus still uses Office 2003, some use Office 2007. There is an implicit 'dumbing down' of desktop software and not a lot of support for those who use Cognos, Crystal Reports, Access, or development of personal analytical tools. Benefits are skewed PRO faculty, PRO-children (For example, faculty get adoption/childbirth leave of 6 months; staff do not. Children get tuition discounts, but my 8 years of service does not entitle me to get tuition discounts for anyone other than myself.) I'm single, no kids, and I'm admin staff. I'm ready to leave as soon as I find another employer to match my current pay and benefits.

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Front Desk officer, Recreational Center

    Feb 27, 2017 -  
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    Pros

    Good place to work, Management is really nice and good working environment for student worker

    Cons

    Hourly pay rate is low

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  8. 5.0
    Former Contractor, more than 5 years

    Interesting work, decently paid

    Jun 7, 2021 - Research Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere, beautiful grounds, nice perks in community

    Cons

    Parking is problematic in that it’s expensive (relative to pay) to get sticker and a bit far

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Enjoy working here, could pay more

    Dec 8, 2020 - Purchasing Agent/Buyer in Nashville, TN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible, great benefits (PTO, Winterbreak, etc)

    Cons

    Doesn't pay well enough in comparison to other higher education institutions and businesses in the area

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good. Learn a lot

    Sep 26, 2019 - Graduate Research Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Has two month vocation with salary

    Cons

    Pay is a little bit low

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  11. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Awesome place to work

    Jan 29, 2019 - Research Assistant I in Nashville, TN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Encourages personal growth. Great PTO. Surrounded by extremely smart individuals to learn from.

    Cons

    The pay grade is pretty low compared to other intro level jobs with a bachelors degree.

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