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Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits package and fringe benefits (in 79 reviews)

  • Stimulating work environment, ability to succeed with out disruption of work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no room for advancement (in 10 reviews)

  • Politics, low pay, unethical behavior by some people in power (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Teaching Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Easy to find positions by sending professor emails
    -Challenging and interesting teaching opportunities
    -Overall good and nice professors

    Cons

    -Average hourly salary for an international student
    -Not many opportunities besides TA


  2. "Great benefits, poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive for the Saint Louis region and the university provides a great deal of flexibility to employees re: vacation and time off.

    Cons

    For young professionals, WashU can be a challenging place to work. There are very few opportunities for vertical movement in terms of pay or titles, especially if you are funded on soft money in research or programming.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to lure, cultivate, and keep young talent.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington University in St. Louis part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is good since everyone is talented and respectful. The benefits are good as well, and there are opportunities to jump into.

    Cons

    The salaries for the part time research and teaching assistants is very low. I think students would deserve better conditions than the current ones.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have much suggestion other than saying that teaching and research assistants should earn more, because the management us paying less than what is deserved.


  4. "if you are a professor, you are well paid"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Researcher in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice colleagues, nice campus, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Benefits are not great and only professors are making good money


  5. "Good Midwestern University"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Low cost of living
    High quality of Science

    Cons

    Diffuse management style
    Low average Salary
    Gender bias


  6. "Great place to work, great people"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Support Services Graduate Student in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Instructional Support Services Graduate Student in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Exposure to new technology every day
    - Very considerate boss
    - Nice pay

    Cons

    - No windows in the space


  7. "Sr. Project Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vacation time, tuition for your kids, amazing mission.

    Cons

    Politics, low pay, unethical behavior by some people in power.

    Advice to Management

    Your CIO is good at making himself look good, but he is a liar. A smooth talker. You might also want to take a closer look at your management in A&D. Also, learn some humility. WashU does amazing things--I hate to see "tumors" continue to succeed there.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "I have no idea what to put here."

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    Current Employee - Librarian in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Librarian in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    After 7 years' employment, your child/ren get free tuition at Wash U, or half of their tuition paid at any other university. That is the major benefit of working here. The sick leave and vacation are standard. The health plan is United Healthcare, which has a reasonable monthly cost but sub-par copays and coverage. Maybe that should be a con.

    Cons

    Sometimes it seems as though we should all be paid more--this is a highly respected academic institution with a huge endowment. Salaries are competitive for this area, but not on a nationwide scale.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage greater transparency in matters of hiring and compensation. I would love it if we had public salary postings like they do in the University of Missouri system. There needs to be a way to verify equal compensation for women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, etc.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diversity, Strong academic environment, flexibility, active interaction between members, diverse research areas

    Cons

    Low industrial job opportunities, not equal rights for all backgrounds


  10. "postdoc research associate"

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    Current Employee - MD, Postdoctoral in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - MD, Postdoctoral in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    multicultural environment, great benefit package, vital culture

    Cons

    too big, difficult to step up and improve your own career


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