Working in research at Madison is an inspiring and low stress learning opportunity.
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Madison, WI – April 10, 2017
I really liked the work environment and the freedom to choose research topics to study. I liked going to work on campus and the hours were set around my class schedule giving me a little break for lunch for which I was thankful.
Tutor/Teacher (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – January 4, 2017
Working with the PEOPLE Program through UW-Madison was a really great experience. I got hands on experience and I enjoyed working with the people there. Everyone was very flexible and understanding when it came to scheduling around academic commitments.
Detail oriented, able to multi-task, fun to work with, able to work along side people from around the world
Library Services Assistant (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – October 3, 2016
I have a bad back but can lift 25 pounds, not repeated for 8-hours but as needed. If a job required a lot of lifting I would have to wear my back brace. I need to be able to change my physical location and job on a regular basis. Although I recently helped a fiend move and that required just that job but it was for two days of 3 consecutive weekends, not every day of week after week. I cannot stand or sit for 8 hours at a time but can move from one task to another for a full 8-hour shift. At one job I had to keep running over a dozen, different, old copiers.
I am a cheerful, can-do person who in my off work time taught myself, using books form the library, how to do rough and fine carpentry and electrical work. I am good with my hands. At College Library I had the opportunity to work with people from many different countries and found that one of the most satisfying parts of the job.
The best part of working at College Library was that I didn't have to do the same thing for a full 8-hour shift. I will be able to do that for a seasonal job.
I am used to being pretty much my own boss but can work with close supervision if the job requires that.
ability to move about during my work day
the need to stand or sit in one place for the full work day
Researcher (Current Employee) – Madison, WI – May 26, 2016
I started my education and work here in the mid 90's and it was a beautiful, vibrant, and exciting scientific center to be at. Top scientists and faculty, and a navigable admin. Fast forward 20 years and you have a top heavy university with 3 administrators for every scientist. The close knit science community has been divided by a huge expanse of west campus. There is very low morale, and raises are non-existent more as a result of the incompetent administration and less on budget cuts. Get a job in admin, get a great salary, and be set for life. Work in science, live paycheck to paycheck indefinitely. A sad end to a once great university. What is worse is that high paid administrative employees get degrees from lower schools, but are paid more, and those with education from UW-madison are paid half as much. Ridiculous inequity. Financial problems, dwindling benefits. And enjoy paying 1k/year to park 3-4 blocks from work.
Visiting Scientist (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – April 21, 2016
We regularly start working around 8:30 am in the lab with focus on targets for potato breeding for scab resistance, calcium accumulation, and also some other related science work. They have a good system and plan over the year to work on. The co-worker are very active, nice and helpful. Field work is hardest part, as we should design and work in field with low labor hands in 90 mile-far research stations from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm. The good part that you can find any needed facility around you to use and work.
Teaching Assistant (TA) (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – March 10, 2016
Post pre-class video and quiz; Prepare in-class activities and answer students' questions during class; Lead flipped class discussion; graded homework; Lead lab sections; created and graded quiz and lab reports.
Peer Advisor (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – August 20, 2015
As a full time student, working at UW-Madison was flexible and convenient. Work schedules are structured around course schedules, and most managers I've worked with were helpful in providing resources for students during midterms and finals season, including a change in weekly hours and times.
Student Tester and Developer (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – June 30, 2015
All in all it was great working there for the five years I was in school. I have no complaints about anything. I learned how to work as part of a team to accomplish our goals. The management for the most part was excellent and most of the co-workers were friendly and focused on the tasks at hand.
IS Computer Support Technician Senior (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – February 23, 2013
This is not the place to work if you don't plan to stay there 30 years. Pay is mediocre, especially given the high cost of living in the city. I spent 8 years as a houly, temp, and limited term employee with low pay and no benefits until I begrudgingly received a full-time permanent position, only because the law limits the term you can spend as a temporary employee. I did not patronize my boss, and this was a mistake. Just like the students, if you want to excel or even just survive, the professors and princely admins on Bascom Hill are always right and can do no wrong.
long hours, no opportunity for advancement, no training