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Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

Updated February 21, 2019
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  • "Extremely Low Pay for what your doing" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Their family leave policy is something to be desired considering all the other work life balance/ family benefits they offer" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for research, great community"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The research environment at WashU is among the best. I have been working here as a graduate assistant for the last 4 years, and cannot find a single reason for complaint. The administration is extremely supportive, and the pay is much higher when compared to graduate assistantship stipends other universities and enough to live comfortably and even save something for one person in St. Louis. The support provided by the career center in terms of career planning and job search is incredible.

    Cons

    Nothing really, except perhaps the endless construction going on all over the campus :)


  2. "Fantastic place to grow"

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

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Supportive academic environment
    - People are nice
    - Top notch researchers

    Cons

    - So much to do, so little time

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  3. "I Like It Here!"

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time

    Pros

    Great campus, food, and education.

    Cons

    Too much construction. I understand why it is good for the school but it really defined some of my Wash U experiences.

    Advice to Management

    More dogs.


  4. "Good Teaching Assistant Experience"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis part-time

    Pros

    Working with smart students and professors

    Cons

    Not a full-time job and full-time level payment


  5. "When you don’t need to compete"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, rich resources, respected institution

    Cons

    Lack of diversity especially in leadership, looks for opportunities to underpay


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Job security, but no advancement and low salaries."

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Systems Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington University in St. Louis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Don't have to worry about the stock market causing you to lose your job.
    - Considered a rather Prestigious university/employer
    - Access to expensive IT hardware

    Cons

    - IT management is horrific
    - IT is fragmented across the university and every department has different policies. However, all IT staff are forced into one office space. As a result, we get to watch other IT staff work from home 3 days a week or more while we are afforded no such opportunity.
    - The people here are socially awkward and weird.
    - The salary is very low compared to similar jobs in the local market.
    - The IT staff stagnates with lazy old codgers because the benefits are the main reason people work here. As a result, everyone just does enough to get by and keep collecting the 403b match and tuition benefits for their kids. The outcome of that is no room for vertical advancement in IT and terrible, terrible management that is recycled between departments after failing at their previous positions.
    -The parking prices are absurd. We have to pay over $80 a month just to park at our office. What a joke.
    -The area where IT staff are housed is riddled with serious crimes. Car thefts, shootings, robberies, etc.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for management, they're too far gone to be helped. WashU really needs to clean house of almost all of the IT management.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Legal in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Legal in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthcare Benefits
    Transportation provided - free bus pass
    403B contributions

    Cons

    Salary not good
    Doesn't value employees
    No room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Use your staff in their proper skill set
    Develop your employees skills for advancement

  8. "Good people"

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    Former Employee - Help Desk
    Former Employee - Help Desk
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, always willing to help.

    Cons

    No cons at this time


  9. "Good opportunity for undergrads seeking for quality on-campus employment"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant for ESE232
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant for ESE232
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For this particular position, I hold a weekly TA office where I get to practice explaining physics concepts and circuits problems to students. TAs are also responsible for helping the professor to lead lab sessions, which involves hands-on experience, direct interactions with students and more fun.

    The pay is good as for student employment, $12/hour. The McKelvey School of Engineering at WashU gets a lot of endowment from alumni each year, so they pay us more generously compared to School of Art & Sciences.

    Cons

    Grading the homework of 50 students can be a pain when you are already loaded with courses and research.


  10. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, autonomy, most of staff is great

    Cons

    cant really grow much as a coordinator