University of Washington Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    So glad to be out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Select professors have amazing amounts of funding, and the graduate health benefits are decent. If you get a committee that doesn't chastise you for taking courses outside your department that help you do your research, you have it made!

    Cons

    These comments apply only to my old department, I hope. Tenured professors weren't held accountable for their actions (e.g. sloppy teaching, poor advising, sexist remarks), but I suppose that's more a problem with tenure than with UW. Horrendous and toxic office culture, and the administration is often completely oblivious to student needs. You were seen as weak if you prioritized your life outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't solicit money from students BEFORE they graduate. I got several calls starting a year before graduation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not a great experience.

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

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I was extremely excited when I received a job offer from UW. I've heard great things about being a UW employee and after doing some research on this site, I saw all the positive reviews and thought it was going to be a great place to work. I was wrong! After a month, I submitted my resignation. I can't wait to be done working here! To be fair, many of my co-workers have told me to explore opportunities in other departments because things can be very different depending on the area you work in. Maybe I just joined the wrong team and the job wasn't a great fit for me. Either way, my advice would be ask A LOT of questions during the interview process to ensure you don't end up in this situation!

    Cons

    Does not pay well, archaic systems, unnecessary processes, monotonous work, controlling managers (micro-managing!!!), little autonomy, not a lot of flexibility (regarding work schedule or time-off), extremely formal, tense culture. In a nutshell, this place operates a lot like many companies did 10 years ago. They need to step it up and get with the times!

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that will engage and inspire their employees, invest in new systems and put leaders through change management and LEAN training.


  3. Helpful (1)

    You'll be told your place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Mathematics Grader

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

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. and educational experience in bureaucracy

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

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Software Application Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

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



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