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University of Washington Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
581 Reviews
3.9
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University of Washington President Michael K. Young
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 39 reviews)

  • Very structured education system and great benefits for student (in 40 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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  1.  

    Education department contract work

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at University of Washington as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Boss was really nice and helpful

    Cons

    No cons, was a very pleasant experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead

  2.  

    It's a great place for students to work at.

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The manager is nice. Hours work with school schedule. One day of training. Everyone is friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Gets very busy. There can be long moments of student rushing in. Lunch time is very busy. Small space so it's important to keep restocking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    UW Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Wonderful, committed staff who care deeply about the mission of the university

    Cons

    Low salary, demanding hours and lack of task variety

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    Great benefits and work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    University of Washington offers great benefits, and the research center where I work provides a flexible, family-friendly, community-oriented work environment.

    Cons

    Some departments/areas may not offer the same flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Graduate student review

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities research a topic of interest, especially in Chemistry.
    Many opportunities to develop skills including teaching, lab equipment, instrumentation, computer, communications.

    Cons

    TA Protocol may change depending on the performance/ troubling trends noticed by other TAs.
    Healthcare benefits have declined over the last few years. Standard pay for graduate students varies from year to year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's OK to be harsh on TAs that aren't doing their job, but you should treat the more senior and experienced TAs better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are awesome, all of the staff are hard working and overall contribute to a team effort. I worked within the library and it such a supportive place. Everyone is friendly and it's a very positive environment. I also enjoyed being around all the academics who have the most interesting story stories to tell. Also, awesome place to network and move around to different areas of the University, as it is vast and full of opportunities.

    Cons

    The tenured staff tend to be less motivated and that can be frustrating. Budget cuts are constantly happening so there isn't always the job security you might hope for. There are also times when the culture gets cut throat and I've heard of many staff trying to get others fired for the wrong reasons. Working for professors can sometimes mean they have little regard for your life outside of work, and their anti-social demeanor can also get tiring, honestly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great experience as a student and as an employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic, also nice people to work with!

    Cons

    Parking: expensive and the bus service is not good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Good people and positive environment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for leadership

  10.  

    Great place to work as a student

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

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a engineering research assistant (with funding), tuition, insurance, and living stipend were covered. Research also counted to degree credits. Great opportunity to get into leading-edge technology, and R&D. Good networking when attending conferences. Especially good experience when looking to make a career in R&D and Academia.

    Cons

    Working and full-time graduate school leaves little personal time, but that is expected. If you're looking to make a career in industry, two-years of work experience may be better than Master's/Research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing negative to say here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great School

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, the School of Public Health was understanding, very friendly and helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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