University of Washington Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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University of Washington President Michael K. Young
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Pros
  • Commitment to work/life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits - continue your education for free (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary, demanding hours and lack of task variety (in 18 reviews)

  • Pay is competitive with other non-profits; not competitive with the private sector (but that's to be expected) (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Unprofessional Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours; very pleasant campus environment and work setting; many offices have windows; support for communication and expression around projects;

    Cons

    Lack of technology, my work area, experience of understanding of typical practices; distrust for new ideas, because project support is based on old, long-term relationships of stakeholders; treatment of contract positions as fungible and below others;

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to ask questions and to walk through a project despite challenges.


  2. Poor management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Barista in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student Barista in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros were that you could have a flexible schedule because there were so many employees and that it was conscientious because all the locations were on campus

    Cons

    The worst part was by far the management. They had no respect and no organization. It was all he said she said and a complete mess.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of treating others how you would like to be treated. Respect your employees and acknowledge them for their hard work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Underpaid and Undervalues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington part-time

    Pros

    Can occasionally spend free time doing homework

    Cons

    Our office supervisor was a micromanager and would be incredibly stringent about allowing us to work more than 10 hours a week. Many people would see their hours be slashed in half based on whether or not she liked us. Also, our supervisor would punish us by refusing to give us hours for not being able to work during spring break, deadweek and finals week. Even worse, she would harass us and sign our timesheets over minor discrepancies such as working a full hour instead of 45 minutes. This was my experience working under the department of University Advancement, but I have heard that numerous offices often undervalue and are inconsiderate of student assistants. Moreover, my job was a work study job which means that my paycheck came from my financial aid and not out of the offices budget. So even though work study students are practically free labor for these offices, many of them still don't treat their student employees with respect. Overall, unless you are familiar with the office you are going to work for and know that they will respect you and your school schedule, I do not recommend working for the university.

    Advice to Management

    Start respecting your student employees. Also pay more than minimum wage.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Program Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge access to data, and extremely bright people. Breathtaking beautiful campus!!!

    Cons

    Bully culture, antiqued policies, did I mention it's a depressingly effective bulling culture. It would be okay if you could just take one of these individuals behind Mary Gates Hall and express thyself with punch combos, but that's the last thing anyone needs.... Depressing. Could really be an ideal place to work...

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN!!!!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Drill Down

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    Former Employee - Physician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Physician in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    diverse, commited staff at county hospita

    Cons

    academic politics, corporate restructuring, poor pay, potentially hostile work environment


  7. Too many managers, too few staff

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, stunning location, great co-workers

    Cons

    Ridiculous hierarchy, lots of micro managers

    Advice to Management

    If you have brilliant employees just let them do their jobs.


  8. IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    semi stable. At times it's a positive situation.

    Cons

    Lots of political "tape". At times not very united

    Advice to Management

    Do better by those that represent you. A team is what makes the success.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Welcome New Employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Retirement plan, free classes/courses, large campus

    Cons

    expensive insurance, little to no promotions, unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    You need to treat your student workers and recently graduated full time employees with RESPECT. Young, new employees should be welcomed not bullied.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Exploitation Rules!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and pretty campus.

    Cons

    Poor pay, entitled faculty, and completely overworked staff with no job security

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect and provide professional development opportunities and a decent salary for staff.


  11. Graphic Designer

    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of Washington (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent and enthusiastic faculty and students.

    Cons

    Faced with cynical and bored management, lots of talking behind people's backs,

    Advice to Management

    Prozac or retirement.



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