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Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
91 Reviews
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Pros
  • State employees have great benefits but don't seem to care about the organization they work for (in 12 reviews)

  • Review for UW Medicine IT: Good benefits and work-life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The supervisors and upper management were punitive and treated staff like children (in 5 reviews)

  • low pay, terrible CEO just got fired (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office politics of a soap opera nature make the job harder than it has to be.

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    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The UW collegiate environment, the central Seattle locations, combination of vacation & holidays observed (as a State job).

    Cons

    Ambitious personalities often make working on projects as a team difficult. Administrators and managers use fear as a management technique, constantly 'reminding' everyone that they are expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain a better understanding of the work you manage, try doing the work for a bit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Such high hopes, but sadly disappointed

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    Former Employee - Patient Services Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Patient Services Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits offered, exciting work environments, and a leader in healthcare.

    Cons

    Training not sufficient, not ideal to travel to daily (took 4 hours daily for commute via Metro), advancement not easy to come by, and after you separate from employment they say it will take 6-8 weeks for your final benefits check to be processed and received (this was a lie as well, it took 10 weeks).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the needs of your employees. For goodness sakes they are the ones doing the tasks and most likely know what will be the best workflow to benefit the teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Ehhhhhh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UW Medicine (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was great working with a diverse staff from all backgrounds in my direct department. Also, there isn't a better feeling than helping patients and seeing them leave healthy. The benefits were decent and I had an awesome supervisor that I wish I could take with me.

    Cons

    Some departments are great but the one I worked in wasn't my cup of tea. The management lacked leadership , communication, and management qualities. Terrible user experience on all the software that was used.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and take in feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    They sometimes don't replace terrible directors.

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    Former Employee - Non Patient-care Professional in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Non Patient-care Professional in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    As a Washington State institution, benefits and retirement plans are good.

    Cons

    Terrible director was not replaced. Director was a bully within the department,and created ill will outside the department. Several key people left the organization as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When several good employees and their peers advise you that a director is a bully, listen and TAKE ACTION. DON'T TURN YOUR HEAD THE OTHER WAY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, can feel good about working for a public, nonprofit institution, broad opportunity for lateral movement, very difficult to be laid off

    Cons

    Consensus-driven, ineffective, wasteful. Employees' full potentials are not mined and going "above and beyond" is not encouraged. A few 20-year veteran despots ran the show in my area, and management was powerless to do anything except stand by and watch as they ran off all the fresh, new talent in less than six months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of your employees' skills. New, fresh ideas are desperately needed - we are all paying for the ineffectiveness and the waste as taxpayers. Listen when you receive multiple complaints from multiple sources about the same person or persons - toxic environments hemorrhage superior talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Typical large bureaucracy, quasi-government type

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Get to piggyback on the good benefits of the university, some of which are unique (class discounts, academic software pricing, campus opportunities), even for half-time employees. Opportunities to work at less-than-full-time positions. Can easily advance through the entire salary range if a classified staff. Many internal training classes.

    Cons

    Low salaries, advance through the range solely at the whim of your manager if professional staff. Generally lesser equipment and software. Bureaucratic. Poor performers, those offering poor customer service - particularly managers, and unethical practices are generally allowed to continue, which can be frustrating, but must be accepted in so far as possible. Difficult at best to advance. The big picture isn't shared. People are generally self-oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent. Encourage promotions from within. Deal with poor performers, poor customer service, unethical practices, particularly those in positions of power. Believe what people tell you vs. always taking management's side. Care about and manage people: many problems are your own manager's doing, generally benign neglect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Public Employees Salaries

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    Current Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at UW Medicine

    Pros

    Good retirement benefits, good for people that do not want promotion or salary increment.

    Cons

    The people, that come to Harborview, are on low/no income or no insurnace. UW Medicine charges State of WA by treating low/no income or no insurnace people. On top of that, UW hires people at Information Technology field, at higher salaries. I would not spell his name but he holds a high position in a hospital setting at UW Medicine IT Services, makes 240K a year. I am surprised that this guy in his 60s has 9% of retirement benefits + 20K monthly + paid parking + a view of sound, when rest of us are making nothing compared to cost of living. Do we want to pay this guy 20K a month from our taxes?

    It is not only for this guy, his right hand, his left hand people are very close to be making 180K annually. Is this right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise our salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Looking for other work

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at UW Medicine

    Pros

    UW Employee Benefits are good and mission of Harborview Medical Center is admirable. The Executive Team means well and are trying hard

    Cons

    Politics and the balance of being King County owned, managed by the UW (state) and part of UW Medicine make for bureaucracy within a bureaurcracy. Recent layoffs make for more work on employees while there is a plenty of money spent on consultants like the Studer Group that provides some bogus recognition models and mandatory "rounding" of employees which is seen by many to be artificial. Few people that are rounded feel comfortable enough to trust the person doing the rounding (their boss) to provide honest feedback It is not an easy place to work with its large mentally ill and homeless population. Harrassment by some of the patient population is common. Not easy to commute to and not a pleasant working environment. The physical working conditions are uncomfortable depending on where in the HMC campus you work. It is heavily bureaucratic and the non-clinical side of working here is tough. Am seeking other work with the primary goal of getting away from HMC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort into employee satisfaction not just patient satisfaction. Most of my non-clinical (administrative and financial) coworkers and peers are justified in being unhappy. Suggest "rounding" be done by a third party not boss.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    UWMC review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at UW Medicine

    Pros

    Great concerned staff who finds it necessary to help things get done. A diverse population base that i being treated

    Cons

    Too much heiarchy. poor upper level leadership. in order to talk to person D you have to speak witth A, B, and c unnecesarily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you have to know people in order to get a position at uwmc. there is a lot of informal knowing others and nepotism

    Doesn't Recommend

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