University of Washington
3.7 of 5 489 reviews
www.washington.edu Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

University of Washington Reviews

Updated Mar 26, 2014
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82% Approve of the CEO

University of Washington President Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

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Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than 3 years

Prosstate of the art instrumentation

ConsToo many students per teacher

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Necessary, but frustrating

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at University of Washington part-time for more than 5 years

ProsAs a graduate student, it's one of the only ways to get your tuition paid. For out of state and international student, this is particularly valuable.

Another plus is that you get to work on diverse and interesting projects that may turn into research opportunities for dissertation work.

ConsYour pay is extremely poor, and you have effectively no ability to affect your pay rate, as it's largely defined by state funding levels. Advisors vary widely in quality, and your work load may exceed contractual requirements. Finally, since you're often tied to a particular professor through both your work and your research, you're effectively unable to move if conditions are unacceptable to you. This last point is really important - if you're lucky enough to work with someone you like, you're fine. But if you have difficulties with your employing professor, it's very hard to do anything about it without endangering your academic career.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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they are willing to train you

Research Tech (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at University of Washington part-time for less than a year

Prosthey are willing to provide training

Consfunding is not always good

Advice to Senior Managementbetter communication

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting work, poor management and culture."

Research Staff (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at University of Washington full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSet your own schedule, significant freedom.

ConsPoor management, grant focused system.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward honest effort

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stereotypical state job, for the most part

Staff (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at University of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefits, some 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 (classified employees). Many internal classes one can take as well. Beautiful campus in spring and fall (Seattle), somewhat invigorating to be around students.

ConsLow salaries for all except many directors, big gap in-between them and staff, some of their managers. Generally lesser equipment and software. Lack of climate control (air conditioning) when I worked there, was very uncomfortable in hot weather. 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, many interviews to fill a quota. The big picture isn't shared, senior management beyond one's department are invisible. No concern about employees as people. Due to pay system, many employees do the minimum, though I came across several exceptions, which was surprising.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent. Encourage promotions from within. Deal with poor performers, poor customer service, unethical practices, particularly those in positions of power. Manage people!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's like holding up an under construction sign for the information super highway

Network Engineer (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at University of Washington full-time for more than a year

Prosokay benefits and pay. Many vacation days

Consextremely boring. people gain influence based on how long they have worked for the UW, not on their skill or current knowledge. The "top" network engineers know all about thicknet and atm but don't know anything about mpls or ipv6.

You really feel like a state employee, unfortunately

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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There are some good people. But the politics can get out of hand

Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at University of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWork schedule can be flexible, which is especially good for those with family. Company does offer classes that might be related to your field for advance learning. Classes might be paid by the department or not, depending if your department will pay for the class. It is up to you to find that out.

ConsPeople can be lazy, mean, steal ideas and present them as their own, or put the blame on you. Some people who have worked here for years are cocky and rude and think your questions will be stupid and laugh at the question. It has happened to me. No salary increase for years. No pay raise in the near future. Very little, to no chance to advance in your area unless you move to a new department.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at University of Washington full-time for more than a year

ProsFlexibility
Benefits
Location
Proximity to Fred Hutchinson
Size
Opportunities in area

ConsTurnover
Dwindling resources
Lack of funding
Skeletal staff
Poor morale
Highly political
Brain drain
Aging facilities

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the bleeding before it is too late. At this rate, restoring the reputation of this institution will be next to impossible.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Be prepared to be treated like garbage if you aren't a faculty member.

Program Coordinator (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at University of Washington

ProsGreat benefits and a beautiful campus. The IMA is a nice benefit too.

ConsGenerally speaking, faculty and upper management treat "regular" staff like dirt. Very little opportunity for promotion or growth (especially if you are forced into a union). New ideas are not welcomed.

Advice to Senior ManagementFaculty are not kings. They should not be able to treat staff any way they choose. I personally have been reprimanded for incidents that were in no way my fault, but an action (or inaction) on the part of faculty. If someone has to be blamed, it will never fall on faculty.

In addition, lazy or IT incompetent staff have little repercussions (union) and innovation is typically punished or ignored. Also, for a school that has multiple nationally recognized IT programs, the inner workings of UW's own internal data systems are a disaster. I personally had to set up multiple "shadow" systems because the data structure is both a mess and inaccessible due to elitist security precautions within the organization. There is little consistency among departments; they each have their own timesheets, their own systems, etc.

Lastly, I have not had a raise or promotion in years and never had a bonus or recognition of any kind despite self improvement of skills, being patient with faculty that treat me poorly, and working overtime without compensation (they will deny this) but this is the de facto reality.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Demoralizing.

Student Office Assistant (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at University of Washington

ProsFlexible hours for school
A decent amount of free catering food
Nice facility
Adequate air conditioning
Clean carpet
Good functioning microwave
Free coffee and tea
Easy, mindless work.

ConsThe program managers are unreasonable; have absolutely NO patience
The company is highly inefficient in the way they spend tax payers' money; for instance, I prepare used printing papers to be recycled as scratch paper at 1 ream/hr when 6 reams of paper costs $12. I am being paid $13/hr. Totally inefficient and demeaning.
Managers do not apologize for mistake after chewing you out.
Have absolutely no management experience. FYI: I am a management major at a premiere institution.
Manager is disrespectful, rude, and incompetent. I've had four other bosses in the past and they all love me (even this one) but I have never disliked someone as much as this one.
Manager totally micromanages and uses time inefficiently by lecturing employees for lengthy amount of time over miniscule issues.
Provides no training and refuses to explain task adequately. "How to book" is out of date and instructions are poorly written with overwhelming, unnecessary information.
Does not provide positive feedback ever.
Cramped cubicle (3 students in 1).
Does not take feedback well will get defensive. Classic case of poor managerial skills.
Lack technological skills and have me spending my time writing instructions for simple programs such as MS Word/Excel, Adobe Acrobat, etc. Will ask dumb questions such as "why do we have to do it that way?" Answer: I don't know maybe because this is not part of my job description?!

Advice to Senior ManagementHire new program manager. Manager is unqualified to be managing people and is costing the company and the community time and money.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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