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OHSU Reviews

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
134 Reviews

3.6
134 Reviews
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OHSU President Joseph Robertson Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, embrace diversity among employees, adhere to fair policy guidelines (in 15 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits were great, people were really nice (in 6 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.  

    bioengineers are not valued

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  2.  

    A mess

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

    Pros

    The tram is pretty and fun.

    Cons

    Management is less than stellar. Impossible to advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    job advancement

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Portland, OR

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult place for a non-medical professional

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Portland, OR

    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
  6.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR

    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
  7.  

    An organization without a soul

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits
    They do hire really smart and competent people

    Cons

    Right hand doesn't know what the left had is doing
    People burn out in less than a year
    Is a bit of a boys club
    Complete lack of transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention.

  8.  

    uncaring, low pay, no parking.

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    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner
    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner

    Pros

    friendly staff, nice cafeteria, great view of the river

    Cons

    management is self serving and working there is like a work mill for low pay, no pay raise entire tenure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management leads to knee jerk reactions

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst Engineer in Portland, OR

    Pros

    You could get away with doing almost no work.
    If union, you'll get a pay raise regardless of quality of work.

    Cons

    I got jerked around the whole time I was there, we kept starting projects and then scrapping them. In a year of work we managed to accomplish nothing. I left for a better company before they laid off my co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a plan and stick to it regardless of how things go quarter to quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Limited opportunities/

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Support in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Great retirement/health benefits/tends to be easygoing in terms of expectations.

    Cons

    - Limited career opportunities for non-faculty unless you like service/admin roles.
    - Leadership concentrated in faculty who have no management training (not a lot of understanding of contemporary management practices).
    - Top-down, command and control management style prevails (great for the military)
    - Little effort at retaining staff/lots of effort at ensuring faculty is happy and their careers are developed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new blood at the top with leaders who have experience at large successful institutions beyond Oregon. Faculty performance should be measured by more than publications/grants generated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Average employer in a great city

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    educated and motivated scientific community

    Cons

    lack of career growth and below market pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect more with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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