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Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
157 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • Great benefits, embrace diversity among employees, adhere to fair policy guidelines (in 16 reviews)

  • Low intensity employer, good benefits, relatively stable (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • management is self serving and working there is like a work mill for low pay, no pay raise entire tenure (in 4 reviews)

  • The location is a drawback -- no parking, and public transit isn't always ideal (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle management experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OHSU

    Pros

    competent professionals, caring staff,

    Cons

    budget issues and department specific culture was challenging and negatively impacted employee morale + highly skilled professionals not able to work at capacity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Leadership competency and standards (with regular bottom up evaluations, feedback and training) is needed
    2. promote a culture of respect and professionalism (especially toward non-MD, non-PhD employees
    3. Empower and enable employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OHSU

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, the work itself is exciting.

    Cons

    pay is low, limited personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hospital is great but research side needs to get more professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Don't believe they care about you.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Reduced rates on a Metro transportation pass, if you can find time to use it.

    Cons

    Crowded offices with no air or light.
    HR techies need to wear a tie.
    Training Department (Operational Effectiveness) Not ready to hear criticism or allow different perspectives.
    Very impersonal treatment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider that I was told I was the top candidate, and that they really wanted my experience and opinion when I was hired....

    My manager acted sweet, but put off my monthly one on one check in for over three months. I only had one performance check in with her after almost 4 months, the next time she told me I was being let go. Meanwhile I was asking for tasks to do for two plus months after they hired me, then told not to jump in to work on the new system I was supposed to be learning and testing, and all the while I was saying the vendor wanted us to get into the system. Then I was told I was being reluctant to get into the new system, when my senior colleague and manager had been telling me not to mess with it.

    Also the manager and I agreed on my flex schedule and the parameters for it, then she lied or "forgot" that we had done that, and used that as a reason for my being being released. No attempt was made to communicate a concern and then follow up and see if it was fixed (it was).

    I gave up a lot to take on this job, it only would have taken some communication and courtesy to have handled it all better, but there's no excuse for management to be so absent and such impersonal treatment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Consolidation of power drives systematic exploitation of employees, students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    OHSU may be a fine place to work within the "missions" -- patient care or research. Even elsewhere, within administration and central services, the pay can be good.

    Cons

    Within administration and central services, the name of the game is exploiting employees and students -- through rackets in benefits, parking, etc. -- to add a few extra bucks to OHSU's massive and massively increasing bottom line. Two executives now reign at a level that just a few years ago included nearly a dozen. These two have consolidated power and neutralized checks and balances. Go ahead and pledge your fealty to them if you have no problem lying and facilitating theft en masse from your colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    OHSU's workforce is among the most highly educated anywhere. Do you really think they won't grasp what you are doing? Do you really think you can outrun the consequences, which at minimum will include "brain drain" (the departure of people crucial to future advancements such as the curing of cancers, for which OHSU recently took $200 million from the people of Oregon).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Magnet- laughable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RN NICU in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - RN NICU in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    excellent leaning facilithy, equal opportunity,

    Cons

    administration is a laugh, will gear up, want input, have commities, then once they get input, they run the opposite way. inconsistemt policies, and practices. Chaotic administration, made nice to get magnet status but really have not earned it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the crap, and speak out of only one side of our mouth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    bioengineers are not valued

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    lots of vacation and sick time

    Cons

    no parking for employees. this is a place for medical professionals. Although engineers are hired, their work is not valued despite hardwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A mess

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The tram is pretty and fun.

    Cons

    Management is less than stellar. Impossible to advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    job advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice are to live and work environment

    Cons

    difficult to commute to work, too expensive parking, no parking compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very low visibility for advancement for lower level job employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Difficult place for a non-medical professional

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation, education opportunities, great infrastructure

    Cons

    May be "innovative" on the medical side (never worked at another hospital), but from what I saw, doctors and nurses were very reluctant to adopt new technologies on the administrative side. Poor training for managers and worked for very few good ones while there. HR is a robotic nightmare who take the manager's side in most conflicts. Union-busting/degredation is a pleasurable pastime for HR/Legal departments. Executive leadership is calcified, consultant depdendent and don't seem to know what's going on below their ivory towers. This is a giant organization-quit trying to get larger. Get good at what's already there. Quit ghetto-izing central services. Enough with the constant budget-scolding and every four year staff reductions. Ditch the outside consultants and gimmicky six sigma-esque programs. Spend the millions on training front line staff and managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach all managers management. Assume they know nothing. Force them to meet one on one with employees often, if not weekly. They spend so much time in pointless meeting hashing over the same nonsense for years at a time that they don't know what's happening or are in crisis management more than day to day management. Do exit interviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    OHSU is an okay place to work, but there are some problems.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work going on at OHSU is exciting and there are many features that are only available because OHSU is the main institution for the Oregon National research Primate center. If you work at the ONRPC, there is plenty of free parking and the traffic is not that bad.

    Cons

    The pay at OHSU is only given at the NIH standard for post-doctoral fellows. Also the medical insurance coverage is very restrictive with limited options and high costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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