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Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
21 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 44 reviews)

  • There is also the opportunity to take UW classes and of course the great benefits (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • low salary, not easy to commute, living cost is expensive, campus is not very safe (in 18 reviews)

  • Do not expect the sort of salary increases that the private sector offers (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst social service agency and management ever!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Working with post pregnant women

    Cons

    Manager they have Nancy Whitney is a racist and a hyperchondriac

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go and get some mental help please your a bully

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Phased out training, Manager?

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    Former Employee - PSR in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - PSR in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers. Some communication. Potlucks.

    Cons

    Gossip from the Assistant Manager. Was interim lead and friendships were sabotaged by management. Stepped down as lead and friendships were rekindled, but the trust for the new lead, assistant manager and manager was gone. There was a lack of training. No standard work. The clinic seemed to be doing their own thing. This was evident when i attended the lead meetings and how well trained the new PSR's were. Felt a lot of negativity by the managers about previous leads. The clinic was not up to date on the AAHAC audit and overtime and labor was pushed. I feel a clinic should be following up on these standards regularly. Medical records were out of date and not following protocol when i began. The process is choppy and sloppy. Need more front employees to assist with the demands to serve the "patients are first"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not provide "personal" advice to your employees. IT is unprofessional and it crosses a line between management and employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work for the UW!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist IV in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist IV in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    If you're a scientist, expect most of your grant money to go to the UW. You won't see a thing for it. HR is horrible, and while the health insurance is good, nothing else is! In addition, myself and many others (that I personally know) have experienced sexual discrimination.

    Cons

    All of the things (except health insurance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't even know where to start. I've worked for the UW for several years, and it just keeps getting worse. Hence me looking for another job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    No support for post-docs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Seattle can be nice in the summer.

    Cons

    The biggest thing is that post-docs are considered temporary workers & not eligible for full staff benefits including retirement contributions, despite the fact that appointments are usually 4-6yrs. The health insurance coverage is expensive & not very comprehensive. The career development programs are lumped in with development for grad students, kind of like an after thought, despite very different need at each of these stages in scientific career development. Some of the best development opportunities that are available are only accessible by competitive application! The CYA regulatory environment (EH&S & DCM) can make pushing a project more complicated than it needs to be. You have to write significant protocol changes for everything, even pilot studies! EH&S makes ridiculous laboratory rules that keep changing. For example, they have decided that 70% EtOH is a fire hazard. What?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of half the administrators. Hire EH&S staff that actually do science. & set rational requirements that aren't always changing. Support your faculty more, so they can support their trainees. Increase career development resources for post-docs. They are your future faculty members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entering UW as a Temp Not Recommended

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Administrative Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Administrative Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's possible to build a reference base if you try moving into something permanent. Benefits apply the same to temps as they do everyone else, and they are quite good.

    Cons

    Based on my own experiences over 12 years working periodically at the UW in several different departments:

    • As a temp, or working in a fixed duration position, it is more likely than not that you will be routinely second-guessed, over-supervised, backstabbed, and generally unsupported by management and fellow workers. UW classified staff culture can include: Passive aggression and blatant exclusion, glacial bureaucracy, dated and chronically malfunctioning office equipment, and even explicit sexism of the "women are good at this, men not so much" variety. Some departments are not as bad as others, but generally, working as a temp for the UW is demeaning and soul-sucking. And if you file a complaint, don't expect Human Resources or other authorities to be honest, fair, or very effective at resolving conflicts.

    • For one of the country's most expensive and fastest growing cities, the pay is a joke.

    • If you are a women, you would be well advised to not walk alone past dark anywhere on campus, some areas not any time of day.

    • If you live 10 or more miles from the UW, plan on two hours minimum of daily commuting on a bus, walking or riding a bicycle, or competing for free, but exceedingly scarce, all day parking spaces a mile or further from your department. That, or you can choose to spend up to $1500 a year for an on-campus staff parking pass, that may or may not be reasonable walking distance from your department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is probably no point in advising management, as they appear to be systemically immune to reprimands of any real or lasting consequences.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place unless you aren't an academic

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    U Pass, access to campus facilities, benefits are good

    Cons

    If you don't have a PhD, you will find yourself regularly treated like a second class citizen. The corporate culture is deplorable. If you think UW isn't a business, you would be wrong. If you are considering applying as an administrator, know that you will never get a day off and everyone's problems will be your job. Faculty and graduate students expect you to be their slave, and this is born out by HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investigate high turnover in administrative positions and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career progression here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist IV in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist IV in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There is no where to progress as a research scientist. I have never seen a contract or list of duties, and as such have worked doing a lot of things that I believe should be outside the job requirement (for example sys admin work)

    Cons

    University takes 50% of grant money in overheads yet don't provide paper towels or hand soap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not paid enough for all the grief you're given

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    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat altruistic, if you actually get to help students through their college career.

    Cons

    Culture of many departments is: Faculty are gods, staff are scum. Faculty gets all the pay raises, staff have gone 9 years without a raise - until this year when they got 2%. If they were lucky. Faculty treats staff like slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Leave time accrued (after many years)

    Cons

    No raise in years, was expected to perform job duties way above pay grade (and take on co-workers work in their absence who were far above my pay grade). No merit raises or promotion in job title to reward hard work, competency or taking on additional higher level work. Forced union membership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to nickel and dime your good employees- get rid of the fat and reward high performing staff. It would be cheaper than re-training the constant turnover. Good people will move on to higher paying companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hierarchical

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Nurse in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The brand, the name, nothing else. It looks good on a resume which is the only redeeming value. Use that to get a real job.

    Cons

    You're not encouraged to advance or grow career wise. You must stay in the same job and it's expected. Managers grandfather in friends which makes the working enviornment that much harder. Refer a friend and if they don't meet the criteria, i.e. pretty blonde girl or blue eyed guy then forget it. They have the same hiring criteria as Abercrombie & Fitch. The infamous benefits are not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop allowing mangers and employees to run the company without supervision. Create a more diverse and fair playing field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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