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Vanderbilt University (informally Vandy or VU) is a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1873, it was named in honor of shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school its initial $1-million endowment; Vanderbilt hoped that his gift and the greater work of the university would help to heal the sectional wounds inflicted by the Civil War.


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Peaobdy Admin (Former Employee) says

"This place is going down FAST!!! Back hostility LIES constantly warned...HORRRIBLE HORRIBLE place to work.... Cons: everything"

Network Manager (Former Employee) says

"Nothing good to say about working for Vanderbilt University. During my time there there were no salary increases, no promotion and the idea doing the right thing was whatever the students and faculty wanted. It took my better than two years to get a proper security perimeter in and then I was told to basically cripple it. Staff and management stabbed everyone in the back. You're staff? Don't look at or talk to a student or you're fired. Oh, you're not a faculty member? You're not worth the time to talk to. Go get a mop. You have a masters or PHD, but aren't faculty? Yeah, you're a janitor. Had to defend myself against false accusations multiple times. Once against another staff member from another department that my manager brought in that I had never met. I was cleared only after I was able to show the day she claimed I looked at her, sorry oggled her, I was out of town on PTO. Finally tossed in the towel and quit. Save yourself the pain, don't consider them."

Cook Supervisor (Current Employee) says

"Campus Dining has been ruined by its senior leadership. I have worked there for a while and now I am searching for other jobs. Senior leadership has created a very unhappy work environment and it really is a miserable work place. The food quality and service has become very bad with this senior leadership. Cons: Over worked/ Under appreciated"

Senior Research Specialist (Current Employee) says

"Vanderbilt has gone through a lot of changes in the last few years since the University and Medical center split. These changes made it a much less desirable place to work. They don't pay based on the details of the actual job worked and they give raises based on how an entire department does and not on merit.They are cutting benefits more and more. It's really unfortunate"

Preschool Teacher (Former Employee) says

"The pay is awful....I had over 10yrs of experience and a college degree and they offered me $10hr...McDonald's & Wal-Mart workers make more money that this.... Cons: Pay"

Ph.D. Student (Current Employee) says

"Poor experience working at Vanderbilt University. I would not recommend it to future employees and students interested in pursuing a Ph.D."

Librarian (Current Employee) says

"Workplace culture is professional and rigid"

RA (Former Employee) says

"I definitely would not recommend this place for employment. I hated it, and so will you! I expected so much more from this employment. Stay far far away!!"

Young Professionals Committee Member (Current Employee) says

"Slave work. Exploit the present day internship culture. Vanderbilt Athletics does not pay their employees well (below minimum wages) while the Athletic director makes 3 million a year. Pathetic athletic department."

Director (Current Employee) says

"Morale is generally low among employees at Vanderbilt. Many are overworked and lack the type of security needed to succeed in a highly politicized environment where a few maintain privilege and power over the many."

Administrative Assistant 1 (Former Employee) says

"I was hired by this company to work for a Professor (who is a foreigner) and told no matter what I was asked to do follow the policy of the university. I was asked to do questionable things from my boss and when I asked people up the chain of command how to proceed, I was reminded always follow university policy. Well I did that and I was terminated by one of the very higher ups who said they would have my back because they knew my boss liked to go against policy. Now I am jobless and finding it hard to find work because of the review they gave me. My dream job turned into my nightmare! I worked at a foreign university for over 7 years and never had this kind of experience. These people don't want honest workers. They want people willing to lie and misuse federal funds for vacations and expensive parties and drinking. All in the name of 'Research!' Tax dollars being well spent!"

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Terrible place to work. No matter what you do, they do not give you any respect. Cons: terrible pay/terrible management"

Housekeeping (Current Employee) says

"Really the only good thing about working there is the benefits and weekly pay. The work culture is pretty toxic. The place will eat up a lot of your time. There is almost no room for advancement and there are policies that favor more senior employees, that will often end up putting you in a bad position as a newer employee."

Not important (Former Employee) says

"Managers verbally and emotionally abuse housekeeping staff. No training program in place. Understaffed; both at the manager and the front line level. Dysfunctional from the top down. Don't work here if you think you can fix this. Cons: Too many to list"

Cook (Current Employee) says

"Would love to tell you that my years here were great, that’s not the case. Without second thought, they will pile you up with responsibilities and expect you to do things without giving you all the resources necessary. You will be exhausted for nothing and you will not be paid what you deserve. Management has no idea how to effectively communicate with employees so things often go unresolved."

Cso (Former Employee) says

"The company itself is ok but about 80% of the upper management does not care about you. The also harp on telling the truth but when you do, they tell you to stay silent. Another words they can not handle the truth you tell them. They tell you at the beginning that football is the only mandatory over time but that's a lie, they will force you to work other over time regardless of your personal life. But the benefits are great and so is the time off opportunities. Cons: You must be a "teachers pet" to advance and or know people and be in the "click"."

Assistant Director (Current Employee) says

"I do a job that is completely different from the one I was hired to do. Our office was abruptly shifted to different management without any consultation. Upper-level administrators are very political and will make decisions to boost their own personal gain, even if it means that students suffer. In sum, I greatly regret moving across the country to take this job. I have zero work-life balance because our office is short-staffed and administration will not let us hire additional staff to assist. Be prepared to give up your personal life and well-being if you work here. Cons: Toxic environment, unrealistic expectations"

Community Service Officer (Current Employee) says

"Don’t do it. You’ll never have a proper work life balance, you’ll be used as a mule, not cared for. You have tovknow someone to move up and it’s horrible. Cons: Everything else"


"doing your assigned job productively and Safely. Had to attend classes on Custodial and Safety training. Certified Custodial and Floor Tech. Supervisor was a Great Mentor, and Teacher, Very Patient. Culture was okay. Hardest part of the job was getting off work at 5:00 pm, traffic was terrible, two hour drive home everyday. Cons: One hour lunch breaks, Good Health Care benifits"

Baker's Assistant (Former Employee) says

"If you are a culinary student or a graduate... don't believe the hype in the job description. The kitchen and food prep area is okay, but the bakery is everything but a bakery. Nothing is made from scratch and just about everything that is a "bakery item" comes out of a can or a box. The head chef in Rand Dining Hall is burned out and has lost passion for what he does, and only cares about what's going on when he is put on the spot. Job security is nowhere relevant in this job during probation. You can get fired sneezing around there while on probation. Nothing to truly invest a future in as a cook, chef, pastry chef, or any kind of culinarian. Cons: Bad leadership, terrible communication between management and employees"

PhD Graduate Student says

"I have been working at Vanderbilt University Cons: Negative atmosphere. Highly competitive. Expect high levels of stress"

Current Employee - Student says

"I have been working at Vanderbilt University full-time Cons: Tough School Hard No accommodations for struggling students Academics have a down curve"

Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student says

"I have been working at Vanderbilt University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Abusive professors or supervisors, management does not care."

Former Employee - International Student Advisor says

"I worked at Vanderbilt University full-time for more than a year Cons: The Pay is very bad."

Former Employee - Student Library Assistant says

"I worked at Vanderbilt University part-time for less than a year Cons: - number of positions are very limited - the salary is small - working conditions for students are not the best"

Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student says

"I have been working at Vanderbilt University full-time Cons: Relatively small CS department; Focused on teaching rather than research."

Former Employee - Graduate Student says

"I worked at Vanderbilt University full-time Cons: Stressful work environment and mixed mentoring"

Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student says

"I worked at Vanderbilt University full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Nashville's weather, some toxic faculty."

Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student says

"I have been working at Vanderbilt University full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Reflecting on my experience here just honestly makes me sad. It could have been so much more. Challenging problems and tough research is expected out of graduate school, but personal insults, gaslighting, and being made to feel inferior on a daily basis should not be part of this."

Former Employee - Graduate Student says

"I worked at Vanderbilt University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: not enough on campus eating establishments, bad traffic around the school, no oversight of principle investigators treatment of employees, hard to turn in time sheet" is a non-profit organization and communications forum for social activism. This website allows users a voice to share their point of view online about what sucks in the world.

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