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University of Washington Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 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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    Great School

    Student Assistant (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIf your a student doing the Work Study program, the best part about it is that they are very flexible with your school times and are willing to change your hours when needed, of course this varies by the department you are working at, but as for my experience, the School of Public Health provided an unforgettable yet growing experience.

    ConsThe only con I have in mind is working in the Health Sciences Building. It can be confusing to navigate and even more difficult to give directions to others on the phone!

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing, the School of Public Health was understanding, very friendly and helpful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Academic atmosphere with great benefits

    Web Developer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsFair compensation, good insurance benefits, 403(b) investment options & match are nice (though match varies based on age, contributions are also mandatory after 1 year; I've never seen this before), access to WA State 457(b), flexible work environment, great work life balance, good professional development opportunities (conferences, workshops, learning materials, "POD" classes, some tuition reimbursement but it's tough to use), plenty of smart motivated people all around the University, pay increases are merit based and beat inflation, low cost unlimited use transit pass (or free with paid parking on campus), good bike accessibility but could embrace bike-commute culture more (showers in buildings and more indoor bike storage, please?).

    Beautiful campus with a thriving academic culture and serious student involvement. You really get out of this place what you put in to it. If you embrace the culture, and embrace "the U", you can have an amazing work experience here.

    ConsThe commute can be hard (time consuming) if you live more than a few miles away from campus. Parking on campus is expensive. Housing & rent prices are expensive near campus. Vacation time is so-so, only 3 weeks to start and you don't reach 4 until your 6th year, this maxes out just shy of 5 weeks in your 9th year. Most graduate programs do not participate in tuition reimbursement (don't plan on getting a free graduate degree by working here).

    Departments on campus are very isolated and "do their own thing". Working for central IT would be a very different experience from working in a different unit or for one of the schools/colleges. This is both good and bad. On the good side, schools and colleges can develop their own culture, be extremely focused on their students, faculty, and researchers, meeting needs central IT never could. But on the downside, this leaves little room for advancement, many smaller IT units function more like a start up than a well oiled corporation (maybe this isn't bad?), and teams can be small, short staffed, and you might not have someone with advanced experience to learn from. This does afford a lot of freedom, and grant a lot of responsibility though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to provide great feedback to your employees so they know where they stand and what is expected of them. Shelter your employees from as much of the higher level bureaucracy as you can (there isn't a lot of it, but your employees shouldn't have to deal with most of it). Encourage professional development, allow and help your staff get involved in the greater campus community (give them time for this).

    Embrace modern management trends in the tech sector and trust your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I'm a graduate student at UW

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe culture here is very liberal.

    ConsSalary for on campus job as well as TA are very low.

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    Very relaxed, flexible atmosphere. Excellent for students.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, decent pay, good job experience

    ConsSalary is low, but considering I'm just a student-worker I'm OK with it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone!

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    One of great learning and self-motivation experience.

    Marketing and Sales Intern (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsFreedom to market and develop leads in your own unique way. Employees always there to give you feedback or offer advice.

    ConsWe were not given a budget for marketing and promotion. Pretty much had to rely solely on our people skills and sales skills.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rewarding university experience. There are plenty of places that lack the benefits of this university.

    Affiliate Assistant Professor (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsTeamwork, travel funds, high staff loyalty, excellent training opps, great students. It seems like the perks have increased: I am now invited to march, and they even rented a gown for me this year. I was too broke to buy my doctoral gown when I graduated, so have avoided marching til now. I have to say that I have been able to travel when I needed, and have been supported in my writing. I have an amazing research library at my finger tips, and it is also great that the university plans its tech roll-outs so well. The administration has also been very supportive in my efforts to build community outreach and collaboration.

    ConsThere are no cons, really and truly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPart-timers need offices, but office space is at a premium in the health sciences, and so we are naturally squeezed out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent educational system, excellent place to work

    Marketing Assistant (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsHours are flexible. The people are the absolute best.

    ConsComputers need to be updated to latest technologies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're all the best.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    UW-IT is a great place to work as a student!

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    Pros- Managers who really care and advocate for employees' professional development and growth
    - Team members who get along with each other and strive for a friendly culture
    - Many levels of promotion - raises with each promotion
    - Employees are encouraged to pick up new skills and given opportunities to utilize personal skills and interests to serve the team

    Cons- Sometimes clients can be really rude and difficult to deal with
    - The org is going through some leadership and vision changes right now that are making some processes confusing

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time in the office if you can! It's nice when you're more hands on with the team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Works to Represent all sides

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible, Great support staff, Works with Employees

    ConsLow hours, late notice for hour changes

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    Very reasonable

    Senior Operator (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsVery flexible schedule, and good work life balance

    ConsClient difficulties, lack of co-worker relationships. Little activities for employees to bond

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain operators more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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