University of Washington Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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University of Washington President Michael K. Young
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. Drill Down

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    Former Employee - Physician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Physician in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    diverse, commited staff at county hospita

    Cons

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


  2. Too many managers, too few staff

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  3. IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


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  5. Welcome New Employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.


  6. Exploitation Rules!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  7. Graphic Designer

    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.


  8. Customer Service

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people to work with, cool perks, fun environment

    Cons

    managment doesnt care, lack of pay, long around campus

    Advice to Management

    care more


  9. Research Assistant

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience to be part of a research project.

    Cons

    not enough hours as promised in the interview and therefore, zero benefits. Left to work pretty much alone in schools on the Eastside. Very little contact from team members.


  10. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen more to employees requests and provide better support.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Admissions
    Former Employee - Admissions

    I worked at University of Washington

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    -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



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