OHSU Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Ok benefits, ok pay, ok management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OHSU part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wage for administrative support positions is better than most places in town. Benefits are good. Union representation ensures a greater degree of job stability.

    Cons

    Location: OHSU takes a while to get to on public transit; parking on campus is extremely limited (several year wait list) and what parking they have is very expensive if you work in support ($125/month is usual). The wage is better than most places in town, but it is still below the median for the nation, whereas the cost of living is several percentage points higher. For clerical positions represented by the union, OHSu pays most of the cost of insurance premiums for the employee. They will on pay part of the cost for a spouse and, if you work part-time, they pro-rate the cost of the benefits so you will pay more while earning less. Also, the union (AFSCME) seems to do little in the way of actually improving conditions for employees. If you run into trouble and want their help, you have to pay an additional fee to be a 'fair share member.' Otherwise, they won't return your calls. OHSU lays off staff regularly 'in anticipation' of budget shortfalls. I've been laid of twice since I started there. In general, leadership does not want a clerical union. Physicians and researchers do not want to hire sufficient staff to complete the workload in their functional areas. Also, it should be noted that the physicians and researchers at OHSU are generally extremely egoistic and not terribly kind to those who are not their peers. This is accepted as 'usual' at the institution.

    Advice to Management

    Kindness takes as much effort as cruelty. There's no good reason for the atmosphere at OHSU to be so hostile when it comes to support staff.


  2. Not welcoming for basic research

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Living in Portland is great Great public transit benefit Although not ethnically/racially diverse (because Portland is fundamentally white), it is socially diverse Send out notices often about changes going on in the university

    Cons

    Although not explicitly stated, they are downsizing basic research, focusing more on applied medical research (they call it "increasing efficiencies"). For this reason, many basic research labs are leaving or closing, as the policies implemented make labs and departments pay more for University services than they used to (i.e. pay rent for conference rooms or regular cleaning of floors), funding is scarcer, and PI's get restrictions on their lab space as soon as an RO1 does not go up for renewal (at least in some departments). There is only a budding post-doc association, which is to be commended for their efforts in improving post-doc life. They are very fishy about the salary for post-docs. They only advertise the NIH recommended levels, but I know we don't get paid that, and I don't know how are salary increases are calculated (again, not as per NIH standards). In general, and this is my impression and not necessarily a shared one, is that they talk a big talk, but when it comes down to it, they view employees as worker bees. They get away with it because people like living in Portland. Benefits are not very good for post-docs, but that might be the case in most institutions. I don't know how it is for regular employees. CUlture and values is rated poorly before, not because of the people (I think there is a great culture here) but because the values stated by the institution are one thing, but the reality is another.

    Advice to Management

    OHSU has a great workforce of individuals, where people take pride for working at OHSU and work hard because of that pride. However, with many people that I talk to (and this might be because I talk to like-minded people), there is a sense of OHSU exploiting them. I don't really have any advice on how to deal with this, and maybe it is not of real concern to the higher ups as long as work gets done. However, I associate this kind of attitude with a commercial setting, rather than an academic one, and therefore OHSU might need to be more explicit about its expectations and goals (with clear examples rather than flowery words like "integration", "diversity", "creativity", etc.


  3. Healthcare institute

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Satisfactory research and clinical job

    Cons

    Parking is not easy nearby


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  5. Very autonomous labs working largely on physiologicy

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Huge number of resources with faculty members who are very well established and experts at what they do. The emphasis of research is largely on physiology and what seems to be, translational research.

    Cons

    Situated in a part of Portland that us distant from the human race. The research questions, while being diverse, are too focussed on translational science focussed making it a but of a bore for those interested in more of a basic science research,

    Advice to Management

    More effort should be invested to facilitate networking and collaborative research as well as career workshops/counselling for those seeking to step outside of academia.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, generous benefits package (paid vacation and sick leave, affordable medical/dental/vision insurance, 12% retirement fund contribution)

    Cons

    Low take-home pay, stressful work environment, leadership prone to top-down decision-making

    Advice to Management

    The generous paid vacation and sick time can only go so far. Your employees are putting in long hours for low pay, and the top-down decision-making model that leadership employs has been slowly eroding morale for years. Consider involving the boots-on-the-ground before issuing mandates. I believe it will go a long way with the employees who are dedicated to serving our patients.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Trying to live up to the hype?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ONA & AFSCME ensure that all employees earn a living wage (or close to living wage) Career & Workplace Enhancement Center- free courses to develop your resume Internal hirees have preference- if you want to move up you can look at other departments Tons of jobs- 14,000+ employees and lots of movement Variety of jobs for people in & not in the healthcare mission Reasonable-good pay, benefits, esp. in first year Public Safety officers are awesome Cafes now serve Stumptown & Portland Roasting (after years of horrid coffee)

    Cons

    HR is not concerned for employees- zero outreach to employees- HR is often protective of bad managers Clinics continue to accept new patients even though they are well beyond capacity in terms of providers, support staff, clinic space, and clinic time A lot of egos walking around; dr's are not expected to treat other employees with dignity Lip service given to caring for patients, watching the "Empathy" video in every staff meeting, then being asked to work in a way that treats patients like numbers Many long-term employees forced out due to ageism and cronyism Managers & supervisors stay in place despite multiple complaints/grievances filed by unions/high employee turnover $12/day for parking!! Expecting 14,000 people to ride the bus or else shell out big $ just to drive to work! After 1st year health insurance costs increase if you don't perform & log so many "healthy" activities Antiquated practices that don't mesh well with the emphasis on research and innovation

    Advice to Management

    Before I worked at OHSU I was told by so many people that it was THE BEST place to work in Portland. After spending a couple of years here, I'm a little disenchanted. We have two great unions who struggle to keep OHSU in line with the contract that has been negotiated. I've witnessed racial discrimination, managers nitpicking to the point of abuse, and the promotion of ignorant snitches over dedicated employees who do their job well and don't try to throw other employees under the bus. I want to believe that OHSU is a wonderful place. A lot of my day-to-day experiences have been wonderful and I think OHSU can be a great place to work. However I think a lot of the good things here are really due to the hard work of ONA & AFSCME, or the dedication of faculty and staff.


  8. Left hand vs right hand- not working together over time

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff RN NICU/Peds Areana in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Staff RN NICU/Peds Areana in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OHSU (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    progressive, educational hospital, great networking ability with various professionals . various teams function well, others not so much, same as most large hospitals. Opportunities to lean , and grow, and try new areas of nursing. discount at University school of nursing to further education available after either 6 or 12 months of employment.

    Cons

    policies change like the wind, ONA has to push to get University Hospital to comply with Contract, can count the number of units that work well with union on one hand, others require much monitoring unfortunately if you mess up as administration they shuffle you off to another dept, and don't always deal with the issue.

    Advice to Management

    Continuity, work better with the union, stick to contract, and deal with administrators, or supervisors who are out of line.


  9. okay place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Researcher in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    very flexible time schedule,reasonable work load

    Cons

    pay is not good and no career development track


  10. OHSU, seems great from the outside

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Research being conducted is top notch.

    Cons

    If you don't perform cancer related research, you are second class.


  11. Okay place to work if you are not ambitious

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Low intensity employer, good benefits, relatively stable

    Cons

    Not for high performers, poor management/leadership, very insular and antiquated ways of thinking

    Advice to Management

    bring in fresh blood from outside for key leadership positions to diversify the deeply ingrained, insular perspectives.



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