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Smart People, dumb politicans

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Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

I have been working at University of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Working at a University is the great opportunity to work with smart people who are committed to working in the public sector.
IT department management is excellent, has a good grasp of strategic planning, and delivering large-scale services.

Cons

Politics have frozen state salaries for the past five years, so if you entered that long ago your pay is well below average. If you are thinking of working here plan on negotiating for as high a salary as you can get with the expectation that it will not increase.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay and benefits really need to be sorted out, but that is out of their control.

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    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Technical Writing Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Writing Assistant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility in terms of hours and working location
    Relative amount of creative freedom
    Not too stressful
    Exposure to a variety of writing styles and purposes

    Cons

    Sometimes ill-defined goals
    Communication is sometimes lacking
    Sometimes forced to use sub-optimal programs or solutions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use more formal organizing and project management techniques, and enforce them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very exiting and interesting job, great opportunity for grow and continue education

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    Current Employee - Post Doc (Senior Fellow)  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Post Doc (Senior Fellow) in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    access to undergraduate class (just pay the admin fees), working with great people and with cutting edge technology. you will not get bored if you work in science. you can also learn important basic skills like doing presentation/talks, project management and you can supervise others.

    Cons

    if you work in science, the pay is very low compared to corporations. not many options to stay in academia after your post doc, unless you are good and lucky enough to find a position of assistant professor (better if it is tenure track). after post doc, if you don't want to leave, they might offer to stay as tech, with the similar salary of a post doc, but you can still doing the same research you were doing as post doc. as a tech you become staff and you have much more benefit than being post doc (which does not have many of these benefit, but post doc does have matching retirement plan )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At higher level they need to resolve the problem of how to deal with exiting post doc. obviously there are not enough faculty positions (Assistant Prof. positions) for all the post docs, and obviously the industry cannot hire so many scientist when they finish their post doc. There should be more senior positions as staff scientist available for scientist that finish the post doc

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