University of Washington

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University of Washington Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.7 553 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

University of Washington President Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

(106 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good(in 38 reviews)

  • Very structured education system and great benefits for student(in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • low salary, not easy to commute, living cost is expensive, campus is not very safe(in 15 reviews)

  • Pay is competitive with other non-profits; not competitive with the private sector (but that's to be expected)(in 13 reviews)

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    Nice place to gain some work experience for your next job

    Acting Instructor (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsLots of faculties to interact with

    ConsPay is too low, work stressful at times

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    being a grad student sucks

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIt is nice to have funding to attend conferences around the country. You get good public speaking skills.

    ConsThere is no concept of work life balance. You're supposed to work 60+ hour weeks yet be happy with salary policies that assume 20 hr weeks. There is no time for teaching but that is required too. The health insurance sucks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople go to grad school to learn, but they are also at the time usually adults in their mid-late 20s or older with bills to pay and families. Being treated like students despite working full-time robs us of dignity and financial benefits (like decent health insurance).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    "Lifer" so far

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are great, the Seattle campus is easy to get to from surrounding neighborhoods North + West of campus and downtown (cannot speak to other areas); some good people to interact with.

    ConsPoor future career prospects; office politics will make-or-break your experience; may run into unmotivated/worn down colleagues, or those who should have been let go a long time ago. (It is difficult to fire within the UW.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work for a grad student

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood benefits, flexible hours for students and wide variety of co-workers

    ConsTypical bureaucracy issues and limited resources

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    it has great benefits but it is not helpful to facilitate employee promotions, salary raises, visas

    Research Scientist IV (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosyou can have access to state-of-the-art classes and libraries and seminars and courses
    the health and dental benefits are great
    the vacation leave and sick leave are reasonable

    Consit is very hard to obtain promotions
    it is impossible to obtain salary raises
    it is hard to access knowlegeable HR people

    Advice to Senior Managementemployee should be able to meet with HR without supervisor or department approval and salary and promotion should be discussed with empoyee and commuittee external to department

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lucky to work for a good director.

    IT Project Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosamazing work life balance
    super supportive director
    casual dress
    fantastic benefits
    work for a good cause

    Consreally difficult for salary to keep up when moving to a new role. i started out with an amazing salary for the role but got promoted several times and the salary just couldn't keep up with the increase in responsibility. also, there are a lot of "career" employees who are super set in their ways and hinder progress.

    Advice to Senior Managementless "town hall" style meetings. so dull!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for the right person

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsInteresting people, great students, good benefits. Can provide a great springboard into management if you are in the right office. Opportunity to study with the tuition benefit is great.

    ConsGrowth is non-existent, people stay too long in their jobs, highly political and bureaucratic, slow moving to make decisions

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining for managers is needed, a better review cycle is needed, authentic leadership would be helpful, succession planning would also be nice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    HUB Employee

    HUB Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    Pros- If you're working a desk, you usually can get your studying done while getting paid.
    - Management is relaxed.
    - Occasional HUB employee appreciation events.
    - Access to food court downstairs.
    - Access to refrigerator.

    Cons- Job can get a little boring, since you're usually addressing the same series of questions.
    - Not much "career" opportunity, since you're a student employee.

    Advice to Senior Management- Keep on doing what you do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bureaucracy

    Program Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent benefits and lot's of potential movement within the University. UW is involved in everything, so there are many opportunities to get involved in a variety of fields.

    ConsVERY bureaucratic and driven by profits rather than an educational mission. Hierarchical, good-ol-boy culture. They prefer to hire internally, and do not compensate middle to early career employees very well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Library Technician (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsEasy, nobody bothers you about your work

    ConsNobody wants to move forward or do anything too adventurous

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to make people happy and make things happen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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