OHSU Reviews

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
136 Reviews

3.6
136 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
OHSU President Joseph Robertson Jr.
Joseph Robertson Jr.
53 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

33 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    review of work at ohsu

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

    I have been working at OHSU part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    i enjoy working with many specialties

    Cons

    management does not have a clue about employee retention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good benefits and good infrastructure.

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

    I have been working at OHSU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Because OHSU is so large, those in the research departments get a lot of infrastructure support. There is support with contract negotiations, grant setup and closing, and IRB applications are pretty smooth. Benefits are also very good. Very generous vacation and sick time, and the health insurance is more than adequate for a 20-something.

    Cons

    Research jobs vary drastically since researchers get a lot of independence with their labs. Because of this, there may be a good deal of disconnect (with researcher staff in the same department not knowing what other labs are doing).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OHSU

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

    I have been working at OHSU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    OHSU offers great benefits and a has a healthy respect for work-life ratio. It makes working at OHSU a pleasant experience.

    Cons

    The organization is risk averse and is slow to change. Projects are rarely completed on schedule, or on budget. The workplace leans extremely left politically, which can make for some uncomfortable hallway discussions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to ditch the unions. They do nothing to further the organization's mission and often distract employees from contributing 100% to OHSU's success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    The only biomedical emphasis university in Portland and Oregon in general.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior, Research Associate  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior, Research Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    The overall atmosphere of the research side of OHSU is casual and laid back, even amongst high profile scientists.

    Cons

    There are VERY limited growth opportunities if you join as a postdoc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the compensation of senior research positions competitive and have more of these positions available since in this job market, postdocs have no place to go and are valuable contributors to the science.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work as long as you don't think about it too much.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer User Support Analyst III  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Computer User Support Analyst III in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    great benefits, although the union is currently bargaining, so who knows what will happen. My department offers very flexible hours and I work in a more isolated environment where I am able to hide from the daily bull crap that goes on in the rest of the university.
    Oh yeah, and they have a super expensive tram with no climate control.

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership.
    Hypocritical upper level managers/division directors
    People making decisions for others without considering the needs of people doing the work.
    Joe Robertson's stupid emails talking about budget crisis when he owns three homes and got a $1million + bonus last year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a freaking paycut and show some humanity. Oh, and learn how to run a business where everyone benefits, not just the people who are already high on the hog.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent lower tier research institute

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

    I worked at OHSU

    Pros

    Researchers labs seem to have a very laid back attitude which makes for a very comfortable work environment but does not produce optimal productivity. Communication within departments is good but institution level interactions are rare. Commuting options are excellent, even providing monetary incentives ride your bike to work (how Portland!). Nice view.

    Cons

    Cumbersome institutional administration, little social interaction within my department. Good research fills a niche but is not cutting edge or exciting as that going on elsewhere. Focus is definitely more on the hospital side of the operation (ie the moneymaker) rather than research side. Came to feel more like a 9 to 5 commitment than an engaging pursuit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the tram free

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    OHSU-Good, overall, to postdocs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    The university is doing cutting edge research in the field of neuroscience, molecular biology, and cancer therapies.

    Cons

    Depending on advisor, postdocs may not receive adequate "mentoring" and may be treated as workers, not trainees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure how one can change the current "postdoc" culture.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place for slackers to work.

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

    I worked at OHSU

    Pros

    OHSU contributes 12% of your salary to a retirement plan for you. I have not come across any other research university that offers that kind of retirement compensation. Also, you can earn up to 5 weeks vacation.

    Cons

    There are a lot of dead weight employees working there. These are people that most likely couldn't make it anywhere else. The university hires them because their cheap. OHSU needs to develop a better career path for junior researchers. If you are a senior research associate working in a lab you will be doing the same job for the rest of your career. The university should recruit some of these people into other positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lobby for some kind of management training program. Learn how to deal with bad employees. Learn how to recognize the good employees. Ask for their feedback. Creat a better plan for promotions.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The good ole boys are still in charge.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor of Nursing  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor of Nursing in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    reputation, proximity of educational and clinical buildings (hospital), research activity, variety of educational programs

    Cons

    rigidly hierarchical, physician-dominated, with an anachronistic emphasis on empire-building versus caring for people. We do not need more towering glass buildings! Monuments to the money-makers are not progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who really does the work of hospitals: NURSES! Education is crucial to the advancement of health care at all levels. Take a look at what really happens in your classrooms and hospital rooms; talk to the people really doing the work. MDs and MBAs sitting around a board room table are not going to solve the problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential but inattentive managment and change is painful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many talented employees who are dedicated to the mission of healthy Oregonians

    Cons

    Very much a "good old boy: club in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your front line staff - they know what to do to make things better.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for OHSU? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.