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University of Washington Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
647 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 44 reviews)

  • There is also the opportunity to take UW classes and of course the great benefits (in 46 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll be told your place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A diverse population and great research.

    Cons

    Management is increasing selected by relations and degrees from outside universities, few with management experience or training. If you come with work experience and intelligence only you will be told your place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start training staff and promoting from within the people that care about the campus and students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This organization is the most disorganized and confusing place I have ever worked.

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    Current Employee - Network Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Network Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Campus is nice especially in summer. When you tell people you work for the UW they are very impressed.

    Cons

    Total lack of coordination within IT which has resulted in multiple groups/organizations working entirely on their own with free rein to do anything with the systems. No communication between groups and no documentation about anything. Everything relies on workers memorys of how things work or did work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT needs to be united into one department for everything involved with the UW. All groups need to communicate and work for the good of the UW. There needs to be documentation and standardization of equipment, programs, vendors etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to hone your skills but very cold staff.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    They offer some pretty good assignments. You learn and grow with each project. The staff seem to like what they do. The office culture reflects the great energy of UW's students.

    Cons

    Where can I start? UW and the Seattle freeze go hand in hand. Many of the staff are passive aggressive (like in Admissions). They like people who are local not from other cities, states or countries. If you have dark skin, chances are you won't go far here. For example, in Family Medicine, there is only 1 black female doctor. That dept. is FULL of political issues. They lack the diplomacy and tact to handle people. They like to mistreat people and they don't care at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some management skill classes to learn how to handle people. You worked there for so long and loses tough of handling people. You may excel in science, but not in people skills.

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

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    Former Employee - Grader in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Grader in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Work at your own pace. Sometimes if your grading assignment has flexible professor, then you will be fine - able to push back graded homework back a week or so.Take home job

    Cons

    Compensation is almost basic wage. Each grading homework is assigned 4 hours regardless of the amount of extra time put to have the homework completely graded. If you don't like reading someone's unreadable handwritting, then this job isn't for you. Also depends on professor for each assigned class for homework to be graded. If professor is very demanding, then it might affect your quarter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good and bad at the U--staff review (not faculty)

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

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really depends on your department. Overall it is challenging to overcome the bureaucracy and feel like you can really get things done. Quality of life is great. Out the door at 5 on the dot. Great benefits=golden handcuffs.

    Cons

    Very siloed environment. Initiative is not encouraged or rewarded. Many people have stayed too long, don't want to lose their benefits and don't have much drive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open yourselves up to change. Utilize performance reviews to acknowledge good performance and work to improve sub-par work. Encourage employees to develop within their roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    and educational experience in bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    you're working in education and doing wonderful things with/for students and faculty

    Cons

    will always pay at the lowest range in their scale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay people for what they're worth at lower/mid levels --- they are the reason the university functions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unless you are looking only to put in your 20 years and get that pension, KEEP LOOKING

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    Former Employee - Food Service Worker Lead (FSWL) in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Food Service Worker Lead (FSWL) in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    5-day workweek with guaranteed 2-day weekends

    Cons

    - you pay for your benefits (i picked the cheapest everything and it was still several hundred dollars a month and you can't opt-out)
    - the pay was monthly as opposed to hourly
    - no merit pay or bonuses, so you can work your ass off and still get the same pay as the guy that does just enough to not get fired
    - the YEARLY raise was 2%! when you factor in the average inflation rate for the past decade (2.34%), you make LESS MONEY EACH YEAR
    - the staff is 90% lazy, disinterested, untrainable students who have zero experience. can you imagine training hundreds of 18-24 year old kids that HAVE NEVER WORKED BEFORE and can only work 3-hours at a time and max out at 18 hours a week? we had 15 FT staff and over 120 unreliable student employees and were making $40k-$50k in sales PER DAY. it was a total nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    COMMUNICATE!! it's unfair to expect thousands of staff members to drop what they are doing on a moment's notice for something that could have been communicated via department-wide email a week prior.

    DEVELOP YOUR STAFF - don't let them stagnate or get frustrated and leave. I have a feeling that UW HFS loses a lot of qualified and hard-working staff because of the total lack of visible upward mobility

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Application Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Surrounding area is nice. People are fairly easy-going. Job itself is pretty easy.

    Cons

    Favoritism shown to younger workers. Some managers were prejudiced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investigate both sides of issues as they arise. Listen to proposed solutions instead of being dismissive.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The opportunities at the UW are as vast as the institution - and the employee experience can be just as varied!

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty decent benefits. Many positions are union positions, so employees have assurance of some work-life balance and continued cost of living wage increases. Extensive research community - lots to learn, many talented people. You can always learn in this environment if you put your mind to it.

    Cons

    There is little done to address workplace dysfunction. Because it is such a large, decentralized institution, it can be hard to efficiently get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward initiative. Be open to change. Take feedback from your employees and put it to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Management by Bully Tactics

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people in many departments. Create opportunities for new concepts (not always approved). Good recognition program and events to recognize special occasions, milestones, and work excellence.

    Cons

    Managers unfair to people they just don't like and never give them a chance. Upper management has experience issues when coming to reviews (not knowing aspects of employee work). Some evidence (not personal, but to former co-workers) of blackballing of former employees to new opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fairness and employees rights need to be paramount.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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