University of Washington Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. Mediocre with little room to grow

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    Depending on the type of research you do, you might be in a lab with better potential to grow and support from peers.

    Cons

    Management seems to focus on benefiting the company at the cost of the employees well being. Very rigid structure management follows with no wiggle room for exceptions, blindly so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employees requests and provide better support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Undergrad Admissions - Poor management, lack of advancement, depressing!

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    Former Employee - Admissions
    Former Employee - Admissions

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    +Benefits of the UW are pretty great
    +vacation time is good and you aren't discouraged from actually using it
    +Ability to collaborate with other offices at UW is a plus

    Cons

    -Leadership in admissions is horrific and employee well-being is at the bottom of the list
    -Mismanagement of budget
    -Antisocial and awkward culture - people literally avoid eye contact with colleagues and polite "hellos" are met with silence or grunts
    -Those who are social are depressed coming in to the office everyday
    -The most passive aggressive place I've ever experienced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Anybody who is intelligent or motivated in this office is unhappy, undervalued, and under appreciated.
    -Learn to run effective meetings and the majority of the management needs basic communication training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Complete culture change within the last 18 months

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse and inclusive workplace. Casual atmosphere

    Cons

    Outdated technology. No cross communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardize operations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. I was a postdoc.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    Some very bright and talented people are working hard here despite the cons provided below.

    Cons

    UW doesn't even keep up with the already meager federal standards for postdoc salary set by the NIH because the state instituted a raise freeze which is indiscriminately applied to university employees including post-docs, most of whom are funded entirely by sources other than the state of Washington. Not much incentive to do academic research anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't apply the state raise freeze to people who aren't funded by the state. Don't pay post-docs less than the NIH suggests!

  6. Postdoc at UW

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Professional, cutting edge, Seattle, Clean

    Cons

    No safety net for postdocs during the most vulnerable time in their career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. UW as for grad students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    stable income, good healthcare, nice side benefits such as gym and clubs

    Cons

    not quite enough salary because of inflation of rent cost in Seattle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the salary for grad students

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. bad management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    Not much benefits received really

    Cons

    Don't ever be a cafe runner or a dishwasher.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Professors have no accountability for how they treat their grad students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student, Post Doctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student, Post Doctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benefits
    good co workers
    Seattle is a beautiful city

    Cons

    Professors have no accountability for how they treat their grad students
    There is no respect for work/life balance
    I have worked in several departments and have encountered both verbally abusive situations and blatant disregard for my privacy. When speaking with HR/ higher ups I was assured of confidentiality, but had my confidence broken within 15 minutes of leaving the office.
    Coming from industry it blew my mind that workers and students were treated so poorly and their wasn't any recourse. I spoke with my co workers, my advisers, HR, and finally, with the ombudsman. The ombudsman was very helpful, but he was the only one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require reviews of advisers from students
    Don't dismiss any complaints

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good Health Care, Low pay, Poor research environment

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Access to quality health care on campus is excellent. Numerous clinics around campus in addition to the University Hospital, all well run (at least from the standpoint of the consumer). The campus is especially scenic during cherry blossom season. Work here if you need easy access to good health care and like the pacific northwest, just don't expect to get too much research done or be well paid.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is terrible and makes running a lab capable of cutting edge research extremely difficult. Faculty don't collaborate well and are typically very underfunded. Research environment is very poor. Outside of working with the minority of faculty who are good and well funded, don't expect to get very much out of a postdoc at UW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire faculty who will work well together and contribute to a vibrant research environment. Consider hiring more staff scientists and engineers rather than postdocs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. ok job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible job, good academic institution, no work pressure, work ethics not so good in my department, good access to public buses

    Cons

    poor pay, management team poor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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