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University of Washington Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
601 Reviews
3.8
601 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 43 reviews)

  • Best reason to work at UW is for job security and great benefits (in 44 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.  

    Proceed with caution at UW Bothell

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    The Bothell campus is close to the Burke Gilman and Sammamish bike and walking trails. The grounds crew does an excellent job of maintaining the planters and garden beds. They even have cutting gardens at the Chase House and Truly House.
    The campus is not close to any restaurants. They do have food trucks come in several days each week with really good food. The buildings are newer and well maintained.

    Cons

    Unless you live within walking distance of campus, you will need to drive to campus and pay for parking. There is bus access but your commute could take twice as much time to get to campus. Parking is in short supply. You may have to spend a lot of time to find a new parking place if you dare leave on your lunch hour.
    As on main campus, budgets are tight for hiring new support staff. Expect a noisy work environment and cramped work spaces. I had worked at UW Bothell previously and only returned as a short-term temporary. I left after a couple of weeks. The job was a program coordinator with reception duties. For me, it was difficult, if not impossible, to do both simultaneously. One required paying attention to frequent visitors and the other required concentrating on work on the computer. It is indicative that support staff were expected to do the job of more than one person. I was dismayed to see that two new employees were hired to take over travel, purchasing and reimbursement duties from existing staff for all the schools. This might seem ok if they had hired from within. The two people hired were new to the UW and UW systems. They were expected to learn everything and take over after only a month on the job. Since they were sitting right behind me, their stress at this challenge was evident and palpable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your support staff. Provide them the tools and time to do their job. Don't try to stuff two jobs into one to save money. Provide adequate work space for employees who spend all day at the computer. At minimum, a cubicle with insulation from outside noise, interruptions and conversations. Provide adequate ventilation, lighting and storage drawers for purses, etc.
    Slow down on hiring new support staff until you have the space and resources for them. Hire managers with UW experience who know the systems.

  2.  

    Nice academic environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Many talented researchers, lots of collaboration going on with many national and international scholars. Very nice campus and lots of academic events that you can choose to attend.

    Cons

    Administrative support is not efficient, slow processing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great work life balance at a professional cost

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Compliance Administrator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good work environment

    Cons

    Very few career opportunities - no advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It has been an interesting job.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    The people are nice. Interesting work. Lots of variety of work.

    Cons

    The pay is not as high as other employers.

  6.  

    UW offers many opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Positions at various levels and at multiple locations. Once in the UW system, ability to search for and apply fo additional jobs. Benefits are excellent and offered to those who work half time or more. Medical, dental, 401-k matching.

    Cons

    Large institution with it's share of bureacratic policies/red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management varies depending on the division.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It is a university.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Researcher and TA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Researcher and TA in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Being a graduate student is unique experience. For me, the toils and tribulations that I shared with my peers helped to form much tighter bonds than I had developed as an undergraduate. Teaching was also a lot of fun. I liked trying to find the balance between being charming and informative--between quick thinking and careful consideration. There was plenty of interesting research being done in the department. There was always a push for innovative, self-reliant solutions to problems that arose.

    Cons

    Work was often done in isolation so people often had difficulties appreciating the effort that their colleagues had made. There were never any clear end-goals or metrics of accumulated success--expectations always shifted as projects did. There seemed to be an expectation of working-to-be-seen-as-busy rather than working because it provided intellectual stimulation or genuine human fulfillment or even accomplished anything. The hours were unappealing and uncompromising. By the end of my short stint here, I had grown to hate many of things that I had once loved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think that I'm qualified to give any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Second class citizens

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Affiliation with the region's flagship university; library privileges provide access to hundreds of databases - this is perfect for the information junkie.

    Cons

    Part-timers do not have benefits or much in the way of advancement opportunities although the University system as a whole (not just UW) is relying more and more on part-timers to deliver instruction to traditional students, not just continuing education.

  9.  

    Fair benefits and work environment with some opportunity for lateral movement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Work environment
    Colleagues
    Some opportunity for lateral movement

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at its finest
    Hard to move up
    Grant-funded positions create cyclical anxiety and layoffs

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience. Not a great atmosphere.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Training in Solidworks, ANSYS, MasterCAM, HSM Works, NX.

    Cons

    General culture of arrogance and condescension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a deep breath and realize that FSAE is not the most important thing in the world. You're not engineers, you're student engineers. People join to learn and have fun so be less angry all the time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Job satisfaction depends largely on your supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, training opportunities, flexible work schedule. Co-workers are generally good people and division of duties is often clearly spelled out given the roles of staff, faculty, etc.

    Cons

    Strong hierarchies are difficult to overcome, job satisfaction depends greatly on who supervises your work, most supervisors are not well trained, and not consistency in terms of methods or processes for doing work across different units at the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UW used to be a desired place to work but now it is just a place of employment for staff. Faculty have tenure and other motivations, but for staff the UW is paycheck source and not a very good one. Universities are highly inefficient places with regard to human resources. Lots of staff are underutilized and undervalued. Time to get your ship in order.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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