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OHSU Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
134 Reviews

3.6
134 Reviews
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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.  

    Outstanding medical benefits package, but the size of the institution brings both perks and red tape.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PAS Specialist  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - PAS Specialist in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Lots of perks including discounts at various Portland businesses, a practically free bus pass, great medical insurance starting at no cost out of your pocket... and more importantly, they genuinely prioritize internal hires, so lateral as well as upward movement are anticipated, encouraged, and very common.

    Cons

    Can be challenging if you're a problem solver/forward thinker in a low to mid-level position. You get the sense that you have your role, and your job is to fulfill it-- "out of the box" thinking, or interest in pursuing opportunities beyond your defined position are pretty obviously blown off with a "Thanks for your feedback, I'll look into it," or a "well, that's really something that is handled more by the _____ department."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's difficult because every manager is under another manager/department head/director/etc. in such a large institution, so it can feel like you never know who really has the power, and everyone seems to blame the tier above them. Take some personal responsibility for your decisions/changes, or better yet, use your middle-managers to communicate with the work force and help them feel like they are part of the decisions that affect them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Beautiful place to work. Smart people. Hard to get ahead. Low pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research  in  Marquam Hill, OR
    Current Employee - Research in Marquam Hill, OR

    Pros

    If you like the NW, working at OHSU is heaven. On top of a hill overlooking scenic Portland, you can't beat it! People care about their work here and love meeting new faces.

    Cons

    It's very difficult to get a job here none the less move up the latter. The pay for lower-mid level positions is not competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Takes care if their employees, but still a bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Room Service Associate  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Room Service Associate in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The work was rewarding, many of my co-workers were passionate, hard-working people. OHSU provides great benefits, designed to make it very possible to gain skills, and increase your prospects while employed. Further, the mission statement and policies have no-tolerance harassment and completely inclusive of family members and partners (before the law caught up).
     Once you have a job here, even at the bottom of the totem pole, it is very possible to work your way up, and get an education while working. It will take time.

    Cons

    Middle management can be condescending, or sticklers for unimportant (non performance related) details. However, in any entry level position that will be true, and the benefits and great policies overall make up for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wear many hats and herd many cats

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    First, it's hard to make sweeping statements about a place that has hundreds of departments and 14K employees, but I'll try. There are many really good people working here (and a sociopath or two). Near downtown. It feels good to work in health care. I've worked in several departments and have had good managers in almost every job. I've worked on interesting problems, and have felt fairly secure - the union helps with that.

    Cons

    In some areas, the culture can tend toward "cover your tookus and protect your job," instead of "let's see what awesome things we can do when we work together as a team." Over time, this can give people a glazed look. Ultimately, I think that is a leadership problem, and there might be changes coming, slowly. There is no career ladder, you must make your own - the culture tends to hire outside people rather than promote internal folks. As with any academic health center, it is challenging to get everyone moving in the same direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking outside and emulating best practices - keep moving forward. Invest in infrastructure. Save money by tightening objectives, not by skimping on salaries and raises. Base goals and strategies on data, not on the status quo or some influential person's gut feeling. Spend money on people who want to collaborate. Hire managers who value collaboration.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Great people who are active in many areas of their life. Culture is great. People have a genuine interest to get to know each other.

    Cons

    Pay is generally low and it is almost impossible to make a career change within the company. Note:former employee. Had to leave because I couldn't find a position within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help current employees interested in exploring other career opportunities within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for me at the time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    I worked part time and still had benefits. Everyone in my small group were very supportive, friendly, and helpful. Hours were flexible.

    Cons

    Lack of parking meant having to commute to work every day. Other than that, everything was quite positive.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Large institution focused on health and advancement of their employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Good resources, free programs for employee health, positive work environment

    Cons

    Large place so departments don't talk to each other, redundancy, paperwork takes a long time to process sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work, yet limited ambition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were great, people were really nice. I loved my managers! It was an organized place to work.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up because it is based on seniority. The price for parking was awful, but fortunately they gave a small stipend for biking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that if you see promise in someone, that you can allow them to grow. It will keep your strongest employees around longer!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Healthcare organization that consistently pursues excellence and innovation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PAS Resource Specialist  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - PAS Resource Specialist in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Supportive management, top notch professionals, compassionate care for both patients and employees, thorough training of new hires, friendly fellow employees.

    Cons

    Since it is so large, there are times when certain protocol within each department is not very clear and defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue keeping an "open door" policy and being transparent with your employees. Also, continue to hire people with both business savvy and a heart for patients--they are total assets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A not highly demanding work environment where a premium is placed on "work-life balance"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The people are committed and competent generally, and care about the mission of the organization.

    Cons

    In IT, the groups are silo'ed, money is tight, and there is by necessity a much higher value placed on keeping the lights on than on innovating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't undertake initiatives unless you know you can follow through with them. Have at least a "guerrilla team" of people whose primary role is to take on pilot projects geared to bringing OHSU technology into the 22nd century.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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